Tourisme Grasse

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The extensive commune of Grasse is the geographic and historic heart of eastern Provence. It is situated halfway between the Siagne and Loup rivers and marks the point where the coastal hills and the mountains meet. The lower districts on the plain are strikingly different from the higher ground in the north consisting of limestone mountains where there are lots of old quarries. The commune of Grasse is sliced up by the many mountain streams running north-south and is made up of many different districts and hamlets like Magagnosc, le Plan-de-Grasse and Plascassier, which are now barely distinguishable from one another as the built-up areas continue expanding.
The old town of Grasse, situated on a rocky elevation of le Puy, goes back to the Middle Ages but has a range of architectural styles from many different periods. Townhouses, churches, convents, squares and fountains exist in perfect harmony and are the reason why Grasse has been awarded the label “ Ville d’art et d’histoire ”, “ Town of Art and History ”. The town’s economic and social growth began with the transfer of the diocese of Antibes to Grasse in twelve forty-four. A large group of Episcopal buildings was built, including a palace and a church-cathedral. The town carried on growing as more and more people arrived, attracted by the trade and craft activities, in particular the tanneries for which Grasse was famous at the time and which were the inspiration behind the use of the paschal lamb as the town’s emblem. In the seventeenth century, a new activity appeared: perfume making! Originally a small-scale craft activity, it prospered and became a full-blown industry. Factories were set up first in the town then in the countryside and the cultivation of plants for perfume-making spread throughout the pays de Grasse in the late nineteenth century, turning Grasse into the world perfume capital.
In the twentieth century, Grasse and the countryside around it became popular holiday resorts that attracted many artists and writers. Talking of artists, Grasse itself was the birthplace of the Renaissance poet Bellaud de la Bellaudière, the eighteenth century poet Jean-Honoré Fragonard and the nineteenth century photographer Charles Nègre.

Practical information Grasse

Grasse Tourist Office
Palais des Congrès
22 Cours Honoré Cresp 06130 Grasse
Tel. +33 (0)4 93 36 66 66 or Tel. + 33 (0)4 93 36 03 56

Grasse Espace Accueil
3, Place de la Foux
06130 GRASSE
Tel.+33 (0)4 93 36 21 68

Opening times:

October to April from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm,
Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm
May, June & September from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm,
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm
July & August from Monday to Saturday and public holidays from 9am to 7pm,
Sundays from 10am to 7pm.
Closing: 1st January, 1st and 11 November, 25 December.

Email: info@grasse.fr
Website: http://www.grassetourisme.fr/