Smell Côte d'Azur

Venture inland to Grasse and its perfume museums, which stay open all year round and give a fragrant account of the Côte d'Azur’s history.


The Côte d’Azur has been synonymous with perfume since the end of the 18th century, and today the hilltop town of Grasse (External link) produces over two thirds of France’s natural aromas for both perfume and food flavouring. The Musée International de la Parfumerie in Grasse (External link) remains open all year round, where the origins and history of perfume-making are brought to life – and you can enjoy its fragrant gardens until 10 November. The ‘Parfums d’Interdits’ exhibition at the Musée Fragonard is on until 12 November.

This year also saw the opening of the Maison Godet (External link) perfumery in Saint-Paul-de-Vence. At the start of the 20th century, Julien-Joseph Godet was inspired to join Pierre Bonnard’s artistic circle in Paris and his fragrances were worn by the muses of Matisse, Picasso and Chagall.

Do not miss the free tours of the 3 perfume factories that made Grasse the international perfume capital: Molinard, Fragonard and Galimard. (External link)

Want to be one with nature?

The Côte d'Azur is always blossoming with remarkable gardens. From the second half of the 19th century, the world aristocracy and bourgeoisie set their sights on the Côte d'Azur and its mild climate, creating magnificent oases around their villas. The large homes bloom and adorn themselves with sumptuous gardens, to the pleasure of everyone who tours them! The welcoming climate favors the development of multiple varieties of plants and flowers, of Mediterranean or exotic origin. Botanical gardens, amenity gardens, historic gardens, medieval gardens all exist to tickle your five senses.

The second edition of the Côte d'Azur Garden Festival will take place from 30 March to 28 April 2019!

Find out more on the outstanding gardens of the Côte d’Azur. (External link)

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