Exploring Mougins

Recommended by the lady who owned our holiday apartment, we had not heard of Mougins and were surprised to find it was just five miles north of Cannes. She recommended a visit, we took the advice and found like so many other places just slightly away from the Riviera coast, it felt like a different world. We found parking at the top of the hill by the entrance to the town, lots of free parking spaces and three different car parks meant no hassles – another different experience in this neck of the woods.

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The once fortified town is on the crest of a hill and it has such a genteel and quiet charm. Apparently some stars choose to stay here and not Cannes for the Film Festival. I can totally see why it would appeal, close to all the frenzied excitement of Cannes but not in the middle of it. Picasso and other artists appreciated this little place. He arrived in 1936 and in time was followed by Jean Cocteau and Man Ray apparently. Picasso liked it so much he moved permanently and spent the latter part of his life here. Isadora Duncan and Christian Dior are amongst other famous one time residents.

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During our visit we found loads of curious artwork dotted throughout the streets. Unfortunately now gone, we loved the feeling of a giant open air art gallery.

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Son was very keen on the different pieces of artwork and sped about excited to see what was around the next corner – it was never disappointing.

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Mougins has an international reputation for its gourmet cuisine. We saw so many lovely restaurants but didn’t eat here so can’t vouch for that.

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Our time in this little place was just spent strolling around the tranquil maze of flower filled lanes and cobble stoned streets.

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Each corner seemed even prettier than the last. It was so quiet and felt like little has changed here for decades.

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Apparently French President Francois Hollande wined and dined his former first lady Valerie Trierweiler in one of the restaurants and then indulged his mistress in the same establishment. He must have liked it here – we definitely did.

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30 thoughts on “Exploring Mougins

    • It was so different to Cannes yet so close in distance. I loved it here, although I did enjoy Cannes and all the buzz I loved these little villages so much more. Those lanes, the atmosphere and the tranquil atmosphere got me every time.

    • It really was stunning and having it all to ourselves was a real treat Pam. I have to admit the second photo is my favourite too – something you don’t see in England and I just love it!

    • The artwork was incredible, we weren’t expecting it so were thrilled to find something different around every corner. The village was gorgeous anyway but this just made it extra special.

  1. What a gorgeous little place Joy! I love these villages with such charm and an “olde worlde” feel. I’d love wandering round the cobbled streets and narrow alleys with the little shops for hours! I understand why people would prefer to stay here rather than the coast as it’s so tranquil (as long as not too many people discover it!). The photo of the square with the cafe umbrellas, trees and tables set out is worthy of a painting in itself! Your son must have had a ball with the art statues too. I’ll remember the name Mougins for future reference 🙂 Hope you have had a good weekend – our daughter was away so have been on extra babysitting duties now catching up on everything else! Have a lovely week too 🙂

    • It was just a world away from all the hustle and bustle of Cannes Rosemary yet no distance at all in miles. We loved it, I can definitely see the attraction too – on top of that it is absolutely gorgeous. The art sculptures were incredible, unfortunately only there temporarily but Mougins would be a gorgeous place to visit anyway. Back to school today for our son (reluctantly) – getting up early for the first time in forever was really not easy!! Hope you’ve recovered from the babysitting – although I bet it was a lot of fun!

    • It was deserted when we were there, no tourists at all, compared to some of the villages in this area it is a real relief! Plenty of artists studios all over the place too, it’s really gorgeous.

  2. Great article on my home village! You were clearly here during the annual Mougins Monumental art installation, which is wonderful
    Did you visit the @MACM – the classical art museum too? Next time, come and say hi to us at Le Mas Candille; just a few minutes stroll from the centre of the village.

    • Thank you Tina – we loved our little visit to Mougins and thought the art was incredible. We didn’t have time to visit the art museum unfortunately but it’s a great excuse to go back to a gorgeous place!! Thank you for the invite too – we might see you someday!

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