You can spend a half or a full day exploring the hinterland around Cannes with its charming hilltop villages.
Excursions in the area
The town of Mouans-Sartoux stands out mainly for its château, built at the end of the 15th century. Home now to the "Espace de l’Art Concret", it has become a permanent and internationally renowned centre for contemporary art.
Mouginsis a small village of artists and craftsmen, also famous for its restaurants and food. Discover superb stone houses at the heart of a village whose charm cannot be denied.
Grasse is the world’s perfume capital and reputed for its famous perfumeries: Fragonard, Galimard, Molinard (free guided tours). Explore the medieval Old Town and the entirely renovated perfume museum as well as the excellent museum of Art and History of Provence.
A hilltop medieval village offering 80 km of breathtaking panoramas stretching from Nice to Théoule, Gourdonis an ideal spot for nature lovers. To discover a unusual natural heritage, enjoy a walk through the Canyon of “Gorge du Loup”.
Pottery first appeared in Vallauris in 1501 and rapidly become its main activity. Since Picasso's spell here, from 1948 to 1955, other forms of art, such as ceramics and linocut, have also been adopted. The town boasts a large number of art studios and galleries, including the Picasso "War and Peace" Museum.
Old Antibes is home to one of the main museums in the Alpes-Maritimes: the Picasso Museum, inside Château Grimaldi. Stroll through the Old Town's narrow streets soaking up its typical Provençal charm and admiring the ramparts, not forgetting the
Saint-Paul de Vence
Utrillo, Derain, Soutine, Signac, Modigliani and Matisse were all bewitched by the beauty of Saint-Paul's landscapes and the quality of the light, capturing them on their canvasses and attracting other artists, writers and show biz stars. In the space of a few decades, Saint-Paul has become an artists' Mecca. The
village is a veritable "living museum" with no entry charge! It is also home to the Fondation Marguerite & Aimé Maeght, a unique venue dedicated to art.
Artists moved into nearby Vence, marking a period of revival for the town. In its walled Old Town, Vence has preserved amazing souvenirs from a very rich history : Roman ruins, ramparts, watchtowers, the remains of the Bishop's Palace, the château of the Lords of Villeneuve, squares, fountains and the treasures in its cathedral. It was in Vence that Matisse dedicated 3 years to the design of a masterpiece of sacred art: La Chapelle du rosaire.
Beneath the Baie des Anges, “Nikaia” will delight you. Stroll along the 8 km of its Promenade des Anglais alongside the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Let yourself be charmed by the lively streets of its old town with the ochre and red colours of the Comté de Savoie. Walk its shopping streets, starting in the Place Masséna and don’t miss its many museums (Mamac, Matisse, Chagall, Masséna, Beaux Arts, Naïve Arts, Asian Arts…). Travel through its various districts and discover evidence of the Romans, the Baroque era, the English winter visitors of the 19th century, the Russians (Russian Cathedral) the richness and diversity of which will surprise you.
Les Grottes de Saint Vallier de Thiez & Saint Cézaire | Historic site and monument
Embark on an adventure in caves above Grasse, not far from Cannes, and explore this original and fun natural setting