You can spend a half or a full day exploring the Cannes surrounding area, with its charming hilltop villages.
The town of Mouans-Sartoux stands out mainly because if 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.
Mougins is a small village of artists and craftsmen, also famous for its restaurants and food. Discover the undeniable charm of the superb stone houses at the heart of a village.
Grasse is the world’s perfume capital and reputed for its famous perfumeries, such as Fragonard, Galimard and Molinard (free guided tours). Explore the mediaeval Old Town and the fully renovated perfume museum, as well as the excellent museum of the Art and History of Provence.
A hilltop mediaeval village offering 80 km of breathtaking panoramas stretching from Nice to Théoule, Gourdon is an ideal spot for nature lovers. To discover an unusual natural heritage, enjoy a walk through the Canyon of “Gorge du Loup”.
Pottery first appeared in Vallauris in 1501 and rapidly became its main activity. Since Picasso's sojourn 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 as you soak up its typical Provencal charm and admire the ramparts, not forgetting the Cathedral.
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 business 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 wonderful 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.
Below 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 and more). Wander through its various districts and discover evidence of the Romans, the Baroque era, the English winter visitors of the 19th century and the Russians (Russian Cathedral), the richness and diversity of which will astound you.
Embark on an adventure in caves above Grasse, not far from Cannes, and explore this original and fun natural setting.