Top Free 3 Things to do in Grasse, France

The Most Famous Perfume House in Grasse

 

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Our top free three things to do in Grasse, France must include French perfume.  It is the world’s capital of perfume.  Not only housing the famous Fragonard Perfume Company but the two other famous Perfume Houses of Galimard and Molinard. If you love French perfume this is the place to visit. Grasse is one of the best places to visit in the South of France.

(Editor updated November 2019.)

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Where is Grasse France

Grasse France Map

Grasse is located on the French Riviera.  Nice is 44 km away, Cannes is 20 km away and Antibes 23 km.  It is an easy day trip from these 3 areas.

 

Before you head off to the South of France, we recommend that you read Rick Steve’s Provence & French Riviera Guide Book just recently updated with the best places to stay and eat, transport details and the best sights to visit.

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Our Top Free Three Things to Do in Grasse, France

1. Fragonard Perfume Factory – Free Perfume Tour

Opened in 1926 to cater for the many tourists who were just beginning to travel to the French Riviera, Fragonard is today still run by the third generation of family members.

 

Inside the Fragonard Shop in Grasse France

Inside the Fragonard Shop

As you enter you can smell the roses, jasmine, lavender and orange blossom flowers. You follow the smells into the gift shop where there is so much to choose from it can be quite overwhelming. I could have bought the whole shop out.

You may have visited the Lavender fields of Provence, lavender has been used in the traditional making of perfumes for centuries.

 

 

Fragonard Perfumes put together a sample of 5ml 4 natural sprays that can easily fit into your handbag or perfect for a weekend getaway.

 

 

Would you like to create your own fragrance? Click here for details. A 20-minute workshop where you will learn how to create your fragrance and to be able to take away a 100ml bottle of your own creation.

You can also book a private perfume creation with champagne, mignardises and coffee.  Click here for full details and bookings. This tour has certainly got our attention, it is a new offer since we were in Grasse.  Champagne and perfume – perfect!

A visit to the Fragonard Museum is a must if the history of perfume intrigues you.  The Museum houses rare objects covering the history of perfume for over 5,000 years. The Museum also has on display over a dozen major works of the painter Jean-Honore Fragonard as well as Marguerite Gerard and Jean-Baptiste Mallet.  If you plan to visit the Museum check what new exhibitions they have on display.

Open 7 days a week 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Free visit and entrance.

Address:

Musée Fragonard
Collection Hélène et Jean-François Costa.
Hôtel de Villeneuve
14, rue Jean Ossola
06130 Grasse
FRANCE
Tel: 0033 (0)4 93 36 02 07

2. Wander the alleyways and window shop

The Streets of Grasse

The Streets of Grasse

The Streets of Grasse the mist is perfume being sprayed over pedestrians

The Streets of Grasse the mist is perfume being sprayed over pedestrians

The enticing smell of lavender as you walk past in Grasse

The enticing smell of lavender as you walk past

Wander down through the small alleyways of Grasse past the buildings that date back to the 17th and 18th centuries.  At intervals mist sprays of perfume float down over you from the tops of various buildings creating the only sweet-smelling village we have ever wandered through. 

 3. Enjoy the park by the Cathedral and delight in more perfume sprays

The sensuous aromatic garden in Grasse

The sensuous aromatic garden

Around the Notre Dame Du Pay Cathedral, there is a small park with chairs and magazines. We settled ourselves down for a break and at times were sprayed with perfume from above.  The views here over the countryside were magnificently reaching out towards the mountains and over the old and new parts of the town.

 

The water is even drinkable in Grasse

The water is even drinkable

And you can drink the local water for free!

Things to do in the French Riviera and Provence

 

French Riviera Hotels

You can either base yourself in Nice, Cannes or Antibes.  The train system is efficient between the 3 towns and to visit other areas along the French Riviera.  We have based ourselves in Nice and in Cannes, right in the middle of each town and transport links have been easy.

Where to stay in Nice:

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Top 3 free things to do in Grasse

 

Where to stay in Cannes

We have stayed at the Hotel de France twice now when we have visited Cannes.  Hotel France has one of the best locations in town and is reasonably priced.

Top 3 free things to do in Grasse

More hotel options for Cannes:

 

 

Where to stay in Antibes

 

Top 3 free things to do in Grasse

 

Where to stay in Grasse

 

Top 3 free things to do in Grasse

 

Airbnb

There are many options to stay in apartments, villas and cabins along the French Riviera with Airbnb.

Check below for accommodation:

 

Travelling to the French Riviera

Aeroport Nice Cote D’Azur is the main airport for the French Riviera.  There are many airlines servicing the French Riviera, to check out the latest deals, schedules and availability click here.

We travelled on Flix Bus around France. They were affordable, comfortable and also had Wi-Fi.

France has a great network for train travel click here for information on purchasing a Eurail pass.

You can also hire a car from any of the major towns or from Nice Airport.

Uber is another option for travel around the French Riviera.

Private transfers are available from Nice Airport around the French Riviera.

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3 Comments

  • Thanks really appreciate your comments.

  • Anda says:

    We’ve spent quite some time in Southern France and Grasse was one of our favorite villages on the French Riviera. My husband fell in love with the Fragonard perfumes and keeps buying his favorite “Eau d’Hongrie” fragrance every time we go there. I love the drinking fountains all around these perched villages. However, one time I happened to drink from a fountain that was actually for the animals. What followed was not fun (lol!)

    • Hi Anda
      Thank you for your comments. Oh no – that fountain! Definitely not fun. Grasse is so beautiful and we do love the human drinking fountains.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

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