Here is a week in Provence to visit also Grasse the world capital of perfumes and create your own fragrance, see below details. Grasse France might be the sweetest smelling city in Europe, widely known as the perfume capital of the world. Known for its leather tanning work in the Middle Ages, this hilly French town would eventually become the center of the French perfume industry after it began manufacturing perfumed gloves in the 16th century and farming a number of flowers used for fragrances. Grasse still enjoys an international reputation in the perfume industry and is the home of dozens of fragrance companies. Even the flowers used for making the world-famous Chanel N°5 are grown and harvested here. In addition to the perfume industry, Grasse also provides travelers a break from the crowded Riviera coastal towns and offers a glimpse of the real Riviera away from the tourist route.
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Some Basic Information about Grasse France
Grasse is located in the Alpes-Maritimes department of France and is part of the inland French Riviera area. It is located about 10.5 miles northwest of Cannes.
Car: Once in Grasse, follow signs for Center-Ville and then locate one of several pay parking garages near the town center. The one closest to the Fragonord perfume tour is at Place du Cours Honré Cresp.
Bus: You can get buses to Grasse from nearby towns, including Cannes and Nice. Once arriving by bus, you will then be a 5-7 minute walk from the main attractions in the Old Town.
Train: Grasse has a train station that connects with many Riviera towns. Once you arrive at the train station, you can take one of the local buses into the town center.
Tourist Information Office
Address: Place de la Buanderie, 06130 Grasse, France
Phone: 04 93 36 66 66
Website: www.grasse.fr (has some good info on attractions, transportation, and car parks)
Create Your own Perfume
At least three perfumeries offer regular perfume creation workshops to the public in Grasse, Galimard, Fragonard,and Molinard. Here is the situation as of December 2017: Galimard offers a 2 hour perfume workshop where you can create a 100ml (3.3 fl oz) perfume from 127 essences for €53 per person. At Fragonard you can create a 100ml (3.3. fl oz.) perfume from 9 essences in a 1.5 hour workshop for €69. There is also an optional 1 hour factory tour offered afterwards for a total of 2.5 hours. Molinard offers 1 hour perfume workshops where you can create a 50 ml (1.69 fl oz.) fragrance with a choice of 90 essences for €69. Molinard also offers a children’s perfume workshop and a 30-minute express version (no appointment needed) where you can create a 30 ml (1.01 fl oz) perfume from 9 essences for €30. The workshops at all three perfumeries (except for the 30 minute option at Molinard) are given by appointment only. Fragrances can be made for men or women.