Cagnes-sur-Mer is a seaside tourist resort in the Alpes-Maritimes department of France. The town’s oldest part is the upper district, known as the Haut-de-Cagnes. This medieval town in the French Riviera, surrounded by hills, is one of the region’s treasures.
The Haut-de-Cagnes is the perfect place to go for a wander… up and down the winding streets tucked between the ramparts. During your stroll, you’ll see flower-decked façades, corbelled houses and a great many art galleries. This is hardly surprising, since the Haut-de-Cagnes is a meeting place for artists from all over the world. Nicknamed the “Montmartre of the French Riviera”, this little town is a favoured place for artistic expression and has been a source of inspiration to many painters, including Renoir and Yves Klein. The Château Grimaldi, now a museum, is an essential part of every visit. It regularly hosts temporary exhibitions and also houses the Olive Tree Museum and the Mediterranean Museum of Modern Art. The one-time home of the painter Renoir has also been converted into a museum, and you can even visit his former studio. A real trip back in time!
Another legendary place not to be missed is the Chapelle Notre Dame de la Protection with its frescoes dating from the 16th century, and its stunning panoramic views. There is also the Hôtel Dieu, near the Port of Nice, with its remarkable bell tower. As you stroll along the cobbled streets, you will feel the gentle pace of life in this little town, and its viewpoints show you the Mediterranean and the Mercantour a different angle. The Haut-de-Cagnes is a place steeped in history, between the sea and the mountains, where life is good.
Now it’s your turn to fall in love with the place, because here at the Alba, we already have! And we’re thrilled at the prospect of guiding and advising you in your discoveries…