Just 9.5 miles from Cannes, Grasse and its surroundings are a breath of fresh air, a verdant realm of hills and forests.
Coming from Cannes, you enter the Pays de Grasse when arriving in the town of Mouans-Sartoux, a former farming village that gradually opened to trade and crafts.
Take the time to wander peaceful, narrow streets with flowers on every other windowsill, visit the Château de Mouans-Sartoux and its celebrated museum, L’Espace de l’Art Concret, home to a collection of abstract art unlike any other in the country, the Albers-Honneger endowment.
And for those who want a stroll in the countryside, head for the International Perfume Museum Gardens (Jardins du Musée International de Parfumerie),
a 7.5-acre conservatory of perfume plants at the foot of gentle hills covered in olive and cypress trees.
It is an essential stop for those wanting to learn about the emblematic flowers that brought Grasse such renown,
before traveling a few more miles to reach the world perfume capital itself, a city dating back to 11th century, a veritable balcony overlooking the Mediterranean.
Visit the 13th-century cathedral and episcopal palace, 17th- and 18th-century mansions, charming alleyways and fountains, perfumeries, museums, including the famed International Perfume Museum (Musée International de la parfumerie), and breathtaking panoramic views: Grasse is surprising and fascinating, bewitching and enduring.
Linger longer in the Pays de Grasse with a visit to Cabris, a gateway to the high country and the Pré-Alpes d´Azur Regional Natural Park.
About a 10-minute drive from Grasse, Cabris is one of the French Riviera’s most beautiful hilltop villages.
Once there, you will be rewarded with an extraordinary view of the Mediterranean, stretching
from the Gulf de La Napoule to the Îles de Lérins to Lake Saint-Cassien in the neighboring département of the Var.