Grasse

the perfect south of france road trip

the perfect south of france road trip

Exactly a year ago, we were in the middle of an 11-day road trip around the South of France.  It was an absolutely massive undertaking to plan, inspired by cheap flights from Madrid to Toulouse and Lonely Planet's France's Best Trips book.  I pieced together many of the different road trip itineraries in the book and added in some additional stops based on blogs and sites I'd read online.  The final plan was very ambitious and had us covering quite a bit of southern France, but the end result was...fabulous (if I do say so myself).  Now, when I think about going anywhere in Europe on vacation, a few places come to mind, and the South of France is without a doubt at the top of that list.

grasse, france

grasse, france

Our visit to Grasse marked a shift on our trip: we started noticing crowds and tour buses and although we weren't on the coast yet (though we were close!), the town started to have a bit of a coastal vibe and feel to it.  The first four days of our road trip were pretty quiet and peaceful, and compared to the next section, it felt like we had France to ourselves sometimes.  Because we were on a mission to make it to a couple more places before we got to our new home for the next few nights, we really only saw one thing in Grasse: a perfume factory.  Grasse is considered by many to be the perfume capital of the world - there are around 30 producers in the area and 3,500 people are directly employed by the industry.  This isn't a new thing either: perfume's been associated with Grasse since the 16th century.