Grasse: Grasse is a small medieval town with a world-famous reputation, as for over 200 years the town has been the capital of the perfume industry. Benefiting from a sheltered climate and spectacular views of the Mediterranean, this working town has both a provenšal and slightly Italian feel to it.

In the old town, wander around the tiny streets amidst 17th and 18th buildings, up and down ancient steps, and under arched tunnels. Some of the streets lead out onto large squares. Place aux Aires is the main square towards the top of the town and was once the site of the daily flower and local foods market. Although the market is no longer trading, the local antique (brocante) shops are definitely still in business.

Grasse Flea market: 111, route de la Marigarde. 60-100 stalls, every Saturday, 9am to 6pm

Grasse Brocante (bric-a-brac) market, Cours Honoré Cresp. second Sunday of every month (Mar-Oct) 8am to 6pm

Tourist office: Palais de Congrès, 22, cours Honoré Cresp, 06130 Grasse. 04 93 36 66 66

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One of the highlights is the free tour offered by the three largest perfume factories - Fragonard (boulevard Fragonard), Molinard (boulevard Victor-Hugo) and Galimard (route de Cannes). They each produce perfume essences for use by the world's most famous perfume makers and mix their own fragrances, which you can buy, together with other gifts or even make your own perfume!

Opened in 1989, the international perfume museum at Grasse follows the long history of perfumes, soap, make-up and cosmetics. It also explains the production of perfume, from harvest to the finished product. Inside, there are examples of perfume-related objects from Egyptian times to the present day. It will be closed for extensive renovation and expansion work during 2006.
8, place du cours, 06130 Grasse.
04 97 05 58 00.
See www.museesdegrasse.com

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