Mougins is a perched village on the French Riviera, in the Alpes-Maritimes department. At an elevation of 260 meters, Mougins overlooks the bay of Cannes, the Lérins Islands, Grasse and other villages in the surrounding area. The visit of the village center, from Place Commandant Lamy to Place des Patriotes, passing by Rue Badier, Rue de la Glissade, Rue des Orfèvres, and more, will lead you to discover the historical monuments of Mougins. You will discover, for example, Saint Jacques-le-Majeur Church, Notre Dame de Vie Chapel and Saint Barthélémy Chapel.
Mougins is a tourist destination full of fountains and wash houses. You will also be pleasantly surprised by the beauty of some residences, which have now become for the most part hotel restaurants. The Manoir de l’Etang, the Moulin de Mougins, the Amandier de Mougins, and the Antre du Minotaure (Mas Notre Dame de Vie), a Provençal farmhouse, are just a few examples of the architectural heritage of Mougins.
During your vacation in Mougins, learn about the local gastronomy and taste the delicacies of the region in a restaurant. The town has several starred restaurants. You will be ideally located in the quiet hinterland, close to the coast and its hustle and bustle.
The medieval village, among pine, olive and cypress trees, with its colors and historical remains, has seduced various artists who have chosen to stay here, including Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Paul Eluard, Winston Churchill, Christian Dior, Édith Piaf, Jacques Brel, and more.
Take advantage of your stay to visit, alone or with a guide, the nearby tourist towns and villages such as Mouans-Sartoux, Antibes or Le Cannet.
Mougins Museum of Classical Art
The Mougins Museum of Classical Art has more than 700 pieces from different periods. Among them are, ancient, neoclassical, modern and contemporary pieces. The establishment is located in the old village, in a medieval residence of 400 m². The museum is organized on four floors, and doesn’t follow a chronological order, instead, it highlights the influence of the civilizations of Egypt, Rome and Greece on Art, still present today. You will be able to admire works by many artists such as Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, etc.
Notre Dame de Vie Chapel
Adjacent to Mas Notre Dame de Vie, residence of Pablo Picasso, Notre Dame de Vie Chapel is an integral part of the historical and cultural heritage of the city. The environment is Tuscan in appearance with high cypress trees. Classified as a Historical Monument, the chapel was once a true sanctuary where families went to have stillborn children baptized. In its garden, a monumental tomb is dedicated to the Guinness family. The chapel attracted many visitors such as Chaplin, Churchill, Cocteau and more.
The Fontmerle pond extends over nearly 5 hectares, on the edge of the Valmasque Park. It houses an impressive collection of lotus trees. The lotuses were implanted in the 1960s, and today they constitute the largest lotus colony in Europe. If you wish to see them in bloom, you will have to come between July and mid-September. The place is also a home for more than 70 species of birds: mallards, Eurasian coots, little grebes, etc. Other animals such as fish and turtles also stay in the pond.
Saint Jacques-le-Majeur Church
Saint Jacques-le-Majeur Church is located in the heart of the commune. Its sacristy dates from the 11th century. The building was then enlarged in the 18th and 19th centuries. The interior is decorated with statues of Saint Joseph and Saint Mary and a 15th-century crucifix in gilded wood and polychrome. Its bell tower is typical of the architecture of Provence. It is now possible to climb up to it, at an altitude of 300 meters, to admire the remarkable view and live a vertiginous and surprising experience. The monument can only accommodate a limited number of people and is perfectly safe.
The Saint-Barthélémy Chapel was built to calm the fears of the population on the eve of the year 1000. Its role was to protect the city against the “apocalypse” of the new millennium. The monument is octagonal with a semicircular apse and a porch. Classified as a Historical Monument, its architecture is particularly atypical for a religious building. To pay homage to this saint, Mougins celebrates the Saint-Barthélémy festival every year at the end of August.
- Tourist Office of Mougins: https://www.mougins-tourisme.fr/
- Road service: A8 Highway (from Aix-en-Provence or Italy)
- Air access: Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (20 minutes)
- Railroad access: train station of Cannes (15 minutes)