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grasse - villa rental

PERFUME CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

If you're looking for a great hotel, bed & breakfast, chambres d'hotes or villa rental near Grasse, then consider Le Foulon - just half an hour scenic drive away. Grasse is an attractive medieval town set in the foothills of the Alps, 250 m above sea-level with stunning views over the Bay of Cannes and the Cap de l'Esterel.

Grasse is best known as the world capital of perfume and you can still visit the three perfumeries, Galimard, Molinard and Fragonard, on which its prosperity was based for centuries. The "vieille ville", the picturesque old town of Grasse, tumbles down the mountainside in a labyrinth of narrow streets, tiny shops, shady squares and age-worn pastel façades. The old town contains a 12th century cathedral with three large paintings by Rubens.

Grasse
Grasse

Lavender is one of the most important crops for the perfume industry

The town centre and the main square of Grasse, the "Place aux Aires" with its 18th century fountain are half an hours drive from Le Foulon and its flower and vegetable market and open-air restaurants are regularly visited by guests. Also, in Grasse is the Villa-Musée Fragonard where the 18th-century painter stayed and where his romantic paintings are still on display. On the corner of the Boulevard du Jeu de Ballon is the Musée de la Marine, the beautiful 18th-century former town house of the Pontèves family. The museum commemorates the life and career of Amiral de Grasse (1722-88) who was born locally and played a decisive role in the American War of Independence at the Battle of Yorktown, Virginia.

Grasse owes its perfume history to Catherine of Medici, Queen of France in the 16th century - she was besotted with oriental perfumes and when she heard that there were flowers growing on the shores of the Mediterranean which smelled more intensely than the oils of the Orient, she ordered one of her men of science to create a lady's perfume from these flowers.

Grasse
Grasse
From some angles you can still see the Grasse of old.

At that time, Grasse earned its living from tanning and the local glovemakers used the essential oils from the flowers to mask the stench of the tanneries. Catherine of Medici's commission was the beginning of perfume manufacture in Grasse and it made the town world famous.

 
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