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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our time in this little place was just spent strolling around the tranquil maze of flower filled lanes and cobble stoned streets.
Each corner seemed even prettier than the last. It was so quiet and felt like little has changed here for decades.
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.