The world capital of the perfume industry for over three centuries, Grasse is situated just 16km (10 miles) from Cannes. Four of its 300 perfume factories and the Musée International de la Parfumerie, 8 place du Cours, are open to the public. August brings the Fête du Jasmin, with a carnival atmosphere and floats of flowers.
Other attractions include the fascinating Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence, 2 rue Mirabeau, Amiral de Grasse Museum and the 12th- century cathedral, which contains three Rubens.
Rapide-Côte d'Azur buses to Grasse depart from the Cannes train station.
For further information, visit the Grasse Tourist Office, cours Honoré-Cresp.