Named the City of Crafts, Cagnes-sur-Mer is one of those little jewels of the Côte d’Azur where culture and authenticity mingle.
A seaside resort open to the Mediterranean, Cagnes-sur-Mer offers holidaymakers a succession of well-equipped beaches, promenades, shops, cafés and restaurants overlooking an enchanting deep blue sea.
The town stretches along a four-kilometre cove of beaches, surrounded by hills that culminate at 187 metres above sea level and offers a picture-postcard backdrop, with the snow-capped Alps and the sea in the background. Rich in a varied historical and cultural heritage, the town is a Provençal paradise nestled in the Mediterranean maquis, amidst hills covered with olive trees, cypresses, palm trees and flower crops.
The city is divided into three zones: Haut de Cagne, the medieval heart on the hillside, the upper town with its picturesque streets and beautiful landscapes; Cagnes Ville, the new, modern quarter surrounded by shopping centres and residential blocks; and Le Cros de Cagne, the old fishing port near the beach.
In search of the gentleness of Mediterranean winters, Auguste Renoir settled at the Domaine des Collettes in 1907. Ancient olive trees, umbrella pines and fragrant orange trees immediately provided inspiration for the artist’s many works.
Located in the heart of the estate, the Renoir Museum bears witness to the impressionist master’s universe. The painter’s last residence fascinates with its authenticity and historical character, its original paintings and unpublished sculptures to be discovered during a walk.
Since 1960, the house has housed a municipal museum where objects and furniture belonging to the family are presented as well as 14 original paintings and 30 sculptures by the master, including a version of the Great Bathers. The estate covers 2.5 hectares , among olive, citrus and rose trees, and offers an exceptional view of Haut-de-Cagnes.
Built in 1309 by Rainier Grimaldi and renovated in 1620 when the Grimaldi family moved to a typically Mediterranean residence, the Château Grimaldi was acquired by the town of Cagnes in 1937 and became a municipal museum in 1946.
The current collections are diverse, many dedicated to the history of Cagnes, an ethnographic approach to the olive tree, and modern and contemporary art. During your visit, you can admire the double-flight staircase, the Louis XIII marble portal, the painted Baroque ceilings, as well as the marble, sculptural and trompe-l’oeil decorations. From the top of the tower, there is a beautiful panorama of Cagnes, the sea and the Alps.
The modern art collections include 40 portraits by Suzy Solidor, symbol of women’s liberation in the 1930s and model for many painters of the modern movement. In the museum you will see portraits by Cocteau, Dufy, Foujita, Lempicka, Picabia, Van Dongen.
With its blue shuttered fishermen‘s houses, Cros-de-Cagnes is a sweet blend of tradition and modernity: it has retained its old-world charm with its narrow streets, colourful houses and open-air markets. However, Cagnes’ transformation into a seaside resort attracts many tourists and the atmosphere can become unbreathable in July and August. We recommend visiting in the off-season to admire the harbour, the narrow streets and the animation of Place Saint Pier with much more tranquillity.
In ancient times, the place became prosperous for fishing and many inhabitants of Cagnes came to settle here to take part in this profitable trade. In 1866, the village was placed under the protection of Saint-Pierre, the patron saint of abundance.
The historical centre, perched on the castle hill, is the oldest part of Cagnes. The town’s history dates back to the time when it was occupied by the Gallo-Romans and Cagnes served as the border between the county of Provence and the town of Nice, then between France and the States of Savoy.
In the 20th century, following the settlement of Renoir, the town attracted many artists such as Foujita, Klein or Soutine. The city was nicknamed the Montmartre of the Côte d’Azur. This district full of history, narrow, shady streets, old stones and beautiful views of the Mediterranean and the Mercantour is absolutely charming.
The coast of Cagnes-sur-Mer offers 3.5 km of pebble beaches that give the sea an unmistakable deep blue colour. The water temperature is so mild that swimming is possible all year round.
La Plage de l'Hippodrome5 is a beautiful beach stretching from Villeneuve-Loubet a few dozen metres from the Cagne, the coastal river that gave its name to the town of Cagnes-sur-Mer. It consists of large pebbles (it is advisable to wear shoes suitable for swimming) and several coves or groynes. Public showers are available and the beach is always supervised.
Plage de la Serre6 there are several groynes where it is possible to lie down for sunbathing or swimming.
Plage du Cros7 e Plage du Port du Cros8 are located near Cros de Cagnes, a picturesque and lively neighbourhood full of shops, bars and restaurants that brighten up the environment.
On the other hand, Plage des Galets9, guarded in summer, is easily accessible and consists of fine sand: it is close to the city centre, its shopping streets and restaurants.
In the following map you can see the location of the main places of interest mentioned in this article
A small town in the Alpes-Maritimes in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, within the metropolis of Nice, Cagnes-sur-Mer is located between Villeneuve-Loubet and Saint-Laurent-du-Var.
To enjoy the lively life of the town, the best choice is to find a hotel in the centre of Cagnes-sur-Mer, where most of the shops for shopping, cafés and open-air bars, restaurants where you can enjoy Provençal specialities and two green lungs where you can stroll: Place du Général de Gaulle and Square Joseph Maurel are concentrated.
On the other hand, the Cros-de-Cagnes district, south-east of the city centre, is perfect for enjoying beach life: here you will find several hotels where you can sleep close to the Route du Bord de mer, the Port du Cros beach and, above all, the Cros beach, for swimming not far from the seafront restaurants.
In the heart of the Côte d’Azur, Nice International Airport is located just 5 km from Cagnes-sur-Mer. Here, you can directly rent a car to explore the area and its beaches.
If, on the other hand, you chose the train to reach the city, we would like to remind you that Cagnes-sur-Mer has 2 SNCF stations (Cagnes-sur-Mer and Cros-de-Cagnes), both of which are at the Antibes and Nice SNCF stations (TGV stops).
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A stone's throw from Nice and less than 1 hour from the Italian border, Cagnes-sur-Mer is located in the heart of the Côte d'Azur, at the foot of the Maritime Alps.