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Spain has opened a perfume museum inside a 17th century Renaissance palace

A unique museum dedicated to perfume has opened in Granada, Spain, housed inside a stunning 17th century Renaissance palace.

Patio De Los Perfumes
The museum is housed in a 17th century palace. Image by Patio De Los Perfumes
Patio De Los Perfumes
The Patio De Los Perfumes holds examples of some of the rarest ingredients in the world. Image by Patio De Los Perfumes

Located in central Andalusia, in a historic building constructed by the Marquis de Salar, the Patio De Los Perfumes offers visitors the chance to explore the history of perfume of the region, tracing the art of manufacturing fragrances from antiquity through to modern day practices. As well as offering guided tours every day from 10am to 8pm, the Patio De Los Perfumes will also hold artistic exhibitions and offers special cologne and aromatherapy workshops in English, Spanish and French.

Patio De Los Perfumes
The Am Bar Patio provides a relaxing space for refreshments. Image by Patio De Los Perfumes
Patio De Los Perfumes
The Patio De Los Perfumes charts the history of perfume making in the region. Image by Patio De Los Perfumes

The space also houses a range of unique and bespoke creations made in-house, with the palace specialising in ethical cosmetics composed of natural ingredients made in small batches. Displays in the museum feature ancient perfumery bottles as well as some of the rarest ingredients from around the world. The Patio De Los Perfumes also has a shop where guests can purchase creations to take away.

Patio De Los Perfumes
The shop features a range of bespoke cosmetics and scents to take away. Image by Patio De Los Perfumes
Patio De Los Perfumes
Tours and workshops are offered in English, Spanish and French. Image by Patio De Los Perfumes

The 1500 square metre museum also houses a botanical square full of aromatic plants and fresh herbs as well as a special patio bar that offers a selection of teas, smoothies and natural fruit juices. The new venture was founded by Christian Pamies, an ethnobotanist and perfumer along with Valérie Sabini, a specialist in natural cosmetics. Tours start at €9 per person for 45-minutes, while the workshops start at €30 per person for an hour. More information on visiting the museum is available on the Patio De Los Perfumes website.

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