Where to stay in Grasse

Grasse

How about a vacation in Provence? The Préalpes d’Azur, the Côte d’Azur (Cannes and Nice): here’s where to stay in Grasse!

Sub-prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Cannes hinterland, Grasse has a permanent population of 50,677, making it the department’s fourth-largest city. The perfume capital of the world since the 17th century, Grasse is world-renowned for its flower crops. A town with the « Ville d’art et d’histoire » (City of Art and History) label, Grasse hosts numerous cultural events, exhibitions and perfume festivals throughout the year. The first traces of human occupation date back to the Neolithic period, and Grasse has preserved numerous vestiges of antiquity: it was successively home to the Ligurians, Greeks, Romans, Ostrogoths, Franks, Lombards, Genoese and Counts of Provence. A major tourist destination in France, Grasse boasts an unmissable historical and cultural heritage in Provence. Be warned: accommodation in Grasse can be expensive, especially in summer.

From the historic center to the outskirts, Grasse, covering an area of 44.44 km², boasts a dozen neighborhoods offering a different atmosphere. To help you plan your stay, here’s where to stay in Grasse!

Historical center

Vue depuis la Cathédrale Notre-Dame Du Puy De Grasse

Photo credit: Flickr – Dennis Jarvis

Built on a hillside, the town slopes steeply, so that the historic center can be seen from quite a distance. There’s no better place to stay in Grasse than the town center, where you’ll enjoy a small-village lifestyle where everything can be done on foot. The district overlooks the Provencal valleys and offers a breathtaking view of the sea. The Cours Honoré Cresp is a must-see place for strolling and meeting locals. Stroll through the intertwined alleyways and winding streets, past historic buildings: the town center is packed with architectural treasures.

If you choose to stay in Grasse in the city center, you can visit the Notre-Dame-du-Puy Cathedral, the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Provence, the Musée international de la Parfumerie, the Musée provençal du costume et du bijou, the Villa-musée Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) – a French history, genre and landscape painter – and stroll through the Jardin des plantes. On the other hand, accommodation in Grasse can be expensive: it’s a very popular area and very steep, difficult to access.

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Magagnosc

Magagnosc is one of three hamlets attached to the town of Grasse, known since 1155 in feudal writings. To the north of the hamlet are the Chemin de Grasse à Vence, Les Hautes and Les Basses Chauves. The area has been strongly influenced by olive-growing for centuries – long before the flower industry – and the soil is made up of numerous cultivation terraces.

Thanks to a network of public transport links dating back to 1911, Magagnosc has been able to take advantage of its proximity to Grasse city center. Choosing to stay in Magagnosc provides a starting point for hiking in the Préalpes d’Azur, or for outdoor activities such as paragliding.

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Plascassier

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The most outlying hamlet of the town, Plascassier lies to the southeast on a promontory surrounded by cultivated plains, and borders on Valbonne. It was once one of the most important perfume reservoirs, with hundreds of hectares of flowers cultivated in the 19th century: jasmine, rose, centifolia and tuberose.

This is a historically agricultural district: olive oil, flowers and wines have marked the region for centuries. Rue du Moulin, near the Eglise Saint Pancrace Notre-Dame des Fleurs, is a reminder of this agricultural past, particularly olive oil production. Lodging in Plascassier allows you to see the region’s charming agricultural heritage, while being protected from the mass tourism of the Cannes and Nice coasts.

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Map of hotels and accommodation – Grasse