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Grasse

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 Musee International de la Parfumerie, 8 place du Cours, are open to the public. August brings the Fete du Jasmin, with a carnival atmosphere and floats of flowers. Other attractions include the fascinating Musee d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence, 2 rue Mirabeau, Amiral de Grasse Museum and the 12th- century cathedral, which contains three Rubens.

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Grasse
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Ile St Honorat

Cistercian monks are the only inhabitants of the smaller, southern St Honorat Island. Monks have inhabited the island more or less continuously since AD410 and, at the height of their powers, owned Cannes, Mougins and Vallauris. Medieval vestiges remain in the stark church, which is open to the public, and in the ruins of the 11th-century monastery on the sea's edge. The monks divide their time between prayer and producing red and white wines, honey, lavender oil and Lerina.

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Ile St Honorat
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Ile St Marguerite

It only takes a 15-minute boat ride from Cannes to get there but it took The Man in the Iron Mask 11 years to leave this tiny, forested island. The mysterious individual was believed to be of noble blood, but his identity has never been proven. His cell can be visited in the Fort of St Marguerite, now renamed the Musee de la Mer (Museum of the Sea) . This museum also houses archaeological discoveries from shipwrecks off the coast of the island, including Roman and Saracen ceramics. There is a regular boat service from the mainland. Guided tours in English are available in summer.

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Ile St Marguerite
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Musee De La Castre

The Musee de la Castre, on the hilltop of Le Suquet, is housed in the former chateau of the monks of the Lerins Isles and the 12th-century chapel of St Anne. Nineteenth-century paintings by local artists depict images of Cannes under rosy skies with palm trees, fishing boats and ladies in voluminous skirts. There is also a fascinating collection of 200 musical instruments, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern antiquities and an ethnology display. Guided tours in English are available on request.

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Musee De La Castre
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