Three places nearby the Côte d’Azur

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Cannes Although most famous for the illustrious film festival that swamps the city in actor-types every May, Cannes' reputation for glamour is evident throughout the year. The main streets are packed with expensive boutiques, but most of the town's beaches are private, so you will have to fork out if you want to bikini-up with the rich and famous.

Grasse This inland town is surrounded by acres of sweet-smelling flowers and has been the centrepiece of the French perfume industry for the last 300 years, and was notoriously the setting for Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. Head to the impressive cathedral, which boasts three Rubens paintings, or bedeck yourself in colour at the daily flower market.

Monaco Home of the Monaco Grand Prix and the dynasty of filmstar Grace Kelly. Wait for the changing of the guard at the Palace to see the continental equivalent of Beefeaters, and hit the world-famous casino.

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