Our top free three things to do in Grasse, France must include 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 South of France.
Editor updated April 2018.
- 1 Where is Grasse
- 2 Our Top Free Three Things to Do in Grasse, France
- 3 2. Wander the alleyways and window shop
- 4 3. Enjoy the park by the Cathedral and delight in more perfume sprays
- 5 And you can drink the local water for free!
- 6 Things to do in Grasse and surrounds
- 7 French Riviera Hotels
- 8 Travelling to the French Riviera
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.
Our Top Free Three Things to Do in Grasse, France
1. Fragonard Perfume Factory
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.
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.
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 2-hour 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.
Collection Hélène et Jean-François Costa.
Hôtel de Villeneuve
14, rue Jean Ossola
Tel: 0033 (0)4 93 36 02 07
2. Wander the alleyways and window shop
Wander down through the small alleyways of Grasse past the buildings that date back to the 17th and 18th century. 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
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.
And you can drink the local water for free!
Things to do in Grasse and surrounds
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For options in and around Grasse, Nice, Cannes and Antibes Get Your Guide has quite a selection:
If you enjoy wine and perfume why not enjoy a full day tour to Grasse, Gourdon and Valbonne where you can wander down cobblestone medieval streets, visit the perfume capital of the world and enjoy tasting of local french wines. Click here for more details.
One of their popular tours is the half day Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze from Cannes or Nice. They time the tour for the changing of the guards at the Palace in Monte Carlo, you can visit the Cathedral and Casino as well and visit the hillside village of Eze with its magnificient views. Click here for more information.
One of their popular tours is the Magic of the French Riviera full day guided tour which includes visits to Eze, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, La Turbie, Cannes, and Antibes. The tour includes Monte-Carlo’s iconic casino, luxurious yachts, and the world-famous F1 circuit.
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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Where to stay in Cannes
Where to stay in Antibes
Where to stay in Grasse
There are many options to stay in apartments, villas and cabins along the French Riviera with Airbnb.
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Travelling to the French Riviera
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:
Further reading on the French Riviera:
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