Grasse is a beautiful village on the French Riviera. I travelled there by bus from Nice, in just over an hour and a half (€ 2 return). You can also go by train, which is faster, but much more expensive. This town is known mainly as the birthplace of "Perfume". It has many famous perfumeries and the Fragonard perfume factory. The town has several tourist attractions, like the Museum of Perfume, the [POI = 988841] Jardin des Plantes [/ POI], [POI = 988891] Le Musée du Costume et du Bijou provençal [/ POI] or [POI = 988911] the Market Place aux Aires [/ POI]. Plus it's nice to stroll along the cobblestone streets. If you want to eat for cheap, I recommend the restaurant [POI = 988761] Le 9 [/ POI].
When we arrived in Grasse on a bus that left from Nice, the first thing we wanted to see was the old town, where all of the city's famous sights to see are located. From the bus station you can get there in less than 5 minutes, you just have to go down some stairs and you'll suddenly find yourself at Place aux Aires, which was celebrating a [POI = 988911] market [/ POI]. The old town of Grasse is very pretty, with narrow streets and many historic buildings, such as the [POI = 988 671] City [/ POI] with its source or [POI = 987 491] Cathedral [/ POI]. Most of the buildings are painted yellow, and orange colors that range, which gives it a very nice touch to the city center.
The Jardin Des Plantes can be found in Grasse, situated just outside the museum and perfume factory in Fragonard, so don't miss your chance to take a look. It is a small and beautiful botanical garden with many palm trees and other plant species, and numerous benches to sit and relax and a beautiful pond in the middle. Your visit is free, so it is worth going to rest from sightseeing.
In the Fragonard Perfume Factory you can take a free tour without any obligation of having to buy any perfume or anything like that. There's no pressure. There are tours in several languages, every half hour or so. At the entrance you can sign up for the language of your choice. We did it in French as in Spanish because there weren't enough guided tours and we didn't want to wait. The tour is very interesting, it tells you about all the different parts of the development consisting of a perfume and all utensils used, giving numerous explanations and answering all questions. They also allow taking pictures during the visit. At the end of the visit, it comes to perfume shop, where you can buy a variety of perfumes, creams and others.
Right in the historic center of beautiful Grasse is where you can find this costume and antique jewelry museum. It's free to enter, as are most of the museums here. The museum is on the top floor of a building, with the store and its reception are being on the ground floor. It is a small museum where you can see traditional costumes and jewelry from this area. It's an interesting place and definitely worth taking a look since it's free.
The day I visited Grasse was a Saturday and when we walked into the old town, the first thing we found was the market in the Place aux Aires, held every Saturday from 8 to 13:45. There were more than twenty stalls at this market, where you can find all sorts of things, from fruits, meats and vegetables of the area, to clothes and household utensils. There was a kiosk where they were selling clothing fabrics, curtains and more that caught my eye. It is a strange market, so if you go on a Saturday it can be and interesting and entertaining way to spend some time.