Haut-de-Cagnes

One of the most beautiful hilltop villages on the French Riviera …

view from the haut de cagnes

At the heart of the French Riviera, Haut-de-Cagnes, a small hilltop village, has successfully preserved its Medieval character and authentic Provencal charm.

Surrounded by ramparts and dotted with small shady squares, nestled among the sinuous alleyways, it invites visitors to unwind and take peaceful strolls.

The village is built upon a hill and surrounds the Château Grimaldi, which is now a museum. The view of Cagnes-sur-Mer, which envisages of both the sea and the rising hills of the backcountry, is stunning.

 

Haut-de-Cagnes has been a source of inspiration to numerous painters, such as Renoir, Soutine, Klein, Foujita, Modigliani and Derain. Also, writers and artists, such as Georges Simenon, John Lewis, Brigitte Bardot and Greta Garbo, have had their homes and villas here.

It still remains a favorite location for artistic expression and a gathering place for prominent figures of the art world.

Indeed, since 1945, this village has been a premier rendezvous spot for artists and celebrities from around the world, which led to it being named the «Montmartre of the French Riviera».

source of inspiration in cagnes

 

medieval village on the french riviera

Today, its calm, enchanting atmosphere creates a pleasant and romantic change of scenery.

While winding along the old town’s picturesque alleyways, take some time to admire the magnificent flowered balconies of its rustic buildings. As you explore the nooks and crannies of the ancient fortress, its numerous dwellings will whisk you away into the past, where you will discover the calm and serenity of life from days gone by.

Le Haut-de-Cagnes is located just a few minutes away from the beach and is ideally situated for exploring Nice (10 km), St-Paul-de-Vence (5 km) and other magnificent villages in the vicinity. This, together with its close proximity to the area’s main golf courses and horse track, make the village an essential stopover for any holiday on the French Riviera.