Cagnes-sur-Mer Travel Guide

Wonder how Cagnes-sur-Mer makes for an ideal French Riviera/Cote d’Azur vacation? Take a look at this Iconic Riviera travel guide.

Despite the visible modern atmosphere, this pleasant seaside resort town still has its leisurely and welcoming touch. The lush forest, pebbly beach, and the lively coast are what make this charming town in southern France famous.

You can see the lovely view of orange and olive trees around. It is the place where you can see the only hippodrome in the region.

Also, one of the homes of the arts, it boasts a rich culture through the painters and artists who sojourned and stayed here that put Cagnes-sur-Mer in the annals of art history.

Through this travel guide, Iconic Riviera will give you the information you need to acquaint yourself with this delightful resort town in the French Riviera.

A little bit of information

The town is the largest extension to Nice, lying southwest to it, in the Alpes-Maritimes départment of France. It has a population that is around 50,000 (2016 data).
The majority of people here speak French. The climate is warm and temperate, typical of the French Riviera. It has rather rainier days during the winter than the summer months.

Haut de Cagnes

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This is the Old Town and the original medieval settlement in the area. This town on the hill has narrow streets and local restaurants. With the cheerful shades of pastel of the houses and some cafés, it is a pleasant place to explore.

What to see in the Old Town

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The notable structure is the Chateau Musée Grimaldi, which was once an important center in the region. This medieval château was built for the Grimaldis of Monaco. It has a small museum on the ground floor dedicated to olive trees (Museum of the Olives), its planting and cultivation.

You can see a painting gallery upstairs with contemporary Mediterranean art (Mediterranean Museum of Modern Arts). But the main attraction is the grand ceremonial room on the first floor, with a painted ceiling by the Italian Giulio Benso Pietra.

The castle opens out to an astonishing view of the sea.

Espace Solidor is the town’s center for promoting modern jewelry for over 20 years. This Contemporary Jewelry Museum was once a cabaret-restaurant and café.

Its transformation led to Cagnes-sur-Mer receiving the label “The City of Arts and Crafts.” It has a collection of 110 works, and it is the only public place with modern jewelry all over France.

La Maison des Artistes has regular exhibits of local contemporary painters and sculptors. It is a testify of the rich artistic culture of the town, since the time of famous painters like Renoir, Soutine, Modigliani, Villeri, etc.

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The Musée Renoir, Cagnes-sur-Mer

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You can have a wonderful visit at Les Collettes, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s previous home during his stay in Cagnes-sur-Mer until his final years. The house remains the same throughout the years.

It contains paintings of the artist that highlights the intensity of his later works. There are also photos of the artist and his family.

Eleven paintings are present in this museum, but other works by renowned artists are also present.

Le Cros-de-Cagnes

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This section of the town is a former fishing village and port. It is still an excellent place to fish restaurants.

Along with the beach, this is an excellent spot to have fun away from the crowds. Compared to others in the French Riviera, the beaches here will not shed you too much money but offers a comparable amount of enjoyment you seek.

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Some fishermen’s boats are present, though most of them are now only for display because of their historical importance.

Cagnes-sur-MEr beach

It stretches up to 3.5 km (2.2 miles) along the coast. A large part of the beach is pebbly, and much is open to the public.

There are also some private beaches where you can pay for parasols and sunbeds along with some restaurants nearby. Due to the mildness of the water temperature, you can enjoy the sea all year round.

Watersports, beach activities, and some local shops and restaurants are also around to provide additional recreation.

Polygone Riviera shopping center

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This must be the icon for the modernity that permeates the new town. Northwest of Cagnes, it occupies up to 70,000 square meters.

It has palm boulevards, arcades, and gardens with landscapes that make it look like a chic suburb than a shopping mall. It has 150 shops that typify the kind of lifestyle the French Riviera gives.

There are also art displays, a movie theater, outdoor seats, and an area for kids.

Hippodrome de la Cote d’Azur

This is a huge track that attracts horse-race enthusiasts and bettors all over the world. It is the second-largest in France and the only one in the French Riviera.

It has the advantage of using “fiber sand” that makes the surface remain firm and flat in the colder season. The most estimable and prestigious races happen in the winter.

Final Note

Of course, there is so much more than the top lists we provided in this travel guide. We give it to you to explore this beautiful town in the French Riviera.

With the inviting coast, glittery beach, and the artistic spirit, you should never forget to put Cagnes-sur-Mer in your vacation list.