Cagnes-sur-Mer is a cluster of attractive villages stretching up from the coast roughly half way between Nice and Antibes in the Côte d’Azur. Le Cros de Cagnes is the old fishing village by the beach; Haut de Cagnes is a picturesque old hilltop village and Cagnes Ville is the modern business centre.
Haut de Cagnes
Haut de Cagnes, an authentic old French village with relatively few visitors, is well worth a visit. With its ramparts, Haut de Cagnes is dominated by the 14th-century Château Grimaldi, which houses the Musée de l’Olivier, a museum of modern art that hosts an annual international art festival. Narrow, cobblestoned streets harbour boutiques and restaurants, while the main square is popular with boules players; sit outside a café and watch them play whilst sipping a cold Orangina.
Near Cagnes Ville is the Musée Renoir, home of the artist, restored to its original décor including a representation of how his workshop was set up. It has several of the artists works on display but is worth the visit for the gardens and views alone. The museum is open every day except Tuesdays (10am-12pm and 2pm-5pm)
Cagnes-sur-Mer has an attractive beachfront with the usual eateries and touristy shops. The long stretch of pebbley beach is backed by an esplanade which is great for a stroll, rollerbladng or people watching. The beach can get crowded in July and August, but there are private sections where you can rent a sun lounger.
Cagnes Travel Info
Chemin des Collettes
06800 CAGNES SUR MER
Tel: +33 (0)4 93 20 61 07