Meet the ‘noses’ of Grasse from your hotel in Nice.
Visit the Fragonard Factory in nearby Grasse when you stay at the 3-star Hotel Le Royal. Summer is perfect for encounters. Set some time aside during you holiday in Nice to pay a visit to Grasse, the world capital of the luxury perfume industry.
30 kilometres from your hotel on the Promenade des Anglais
The town of Grasse is world famous for its perfumes, which have inspired some of the greatest perfumers, including Ernest Beaux, the creator of Chanel no. 5! Perfume-making in Grasse began in the 17th century when Catherine de Médicis started the fashion of perfumed gloves. At the time, the town specialised in tanning and it started up a new industry to meet this growing demand from the nobility.
Four centuries later, the city is still bounded by flower-filled fields and thirty or so factories produce perfumes that are dispatched to the four corners of the globe.
Set off from your hotel in Nice on a wonderfully fragrant trip to Grasse, as the scents of jasmine, roses, lavender and thyme cast their spell on you. Grasse is just 30 kilometres from Nice, and it is easy to get there by car or train. Once there, the best way to get around is on foot.
Alternatively, you can go on there an excursion departing from your hotel on the Promenade des Anglais.
Guided tours and an introduction to the craft.
Perfumers, often referred to as ‘noses’ are veritable artists when it comes to scents. They monitor the quality of the raw materials and create their formulas in a laboratory. You will encounter many noses in Grasse. And you will also have the chance to create your own perfume at an introductory session. Meet at the Fragrance Studio to take part. At the end, you can take your precious perfume home with you.
In fact, all of the perfumeries organise guided tours (generally free of charge and in a range of languages) where you can learn all about the processes of extraction, distillation, enfleurage and the architecture of perfumes: La Bastide des arômes, Guy Bouchara, Fragonard, Molinard…
At Molinard, you will be able to see some old machinery and laboratories that date back to the 19th century. Also unmissable is the International Perfume Museum.
Some suggestions from your hotel in Nice
During your stay in Nice, take the opportunity to go on a guided tour of the flower fields and breathe in the myriad scents in a magnificent natural setting such as La Source Parfumée.
And if you will be here in August, don’t miss the Jasmine Festival, which will be taking place in the city of perfume on the 4th, 5th and 6th of the month.
A great way to spice up your stay in Nice and on the Côte d’Azur.
For more information, see the Grasse Tourist Office’s website.