The graceful region stretches from the Côte d'Azur to the alpine hinterland. While the coastal region is characterized by fashionable seaside tourism, the hinterland hides ancient villages where artists have settled as well as the world-famous perfume city of Grasse. Views of the sea or the peaks of the Alpes-Maritimes open up again and again. Although the official language today is French – since the region did not belong to France for centuries and was not annexed until 1860 – old Provençal languages have survived, including Brigasque or Maritime Provençal in the west.
Perfume Capital of the world
The so-called Perfume Capital of the world is located in the hill country between the Maritime Alps and the Côte d'Azur. In the Middle Ages, Grasse was a city republic where the tanner's trade was widespread. When, around 1600, the fashion arose to perfume gloves, people shifted to the distillation of fragrances. Since the 17th century, Grasse perfumers have specialized in the extraction of floral juices, especially orange blossom and jasmine. Thus, the most important popular festival is also the Fête du Jasmin in early August. The town became world famous through the novel by Patrick Süskind, The Perfume.
Prealpine Town behind the coast
Tucked away in the mountains between Nice and Antibes is the charming township of Vence. Its splendid location and medieval city center attracted many artists (...)