Mougins is located in the heights above Cannes and is only a 15 minute drive from the center of Cannes. The Mougins village is picturesque and has been frequented and inhabited by many artists and celebrities, including Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Yves Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Winston Churchill, Édith Piaf and Jacques Brel, to name but a few.
Mougins has a strong culinary history with great chefs such as as Roger Vergé and Alain Ducasse having managed restaurants in the village. Mougins hosts the annual ‘International Gastronomy Festival of Mougins’, or ‘Les Étoiles de Mougins’, an international gastronomic event taking place every year in the village. In addition, there are a number of Michelin starred restaurants in Mougins.
The hilltop of Mougins has been occupied since the pre-Roman period. In the 11th century the Count of Antibes gave the Mougins hillside to the Monks of Saint-Honorat (from the nearby Îles de Lerins just off the coast of Cannes) who continued to administer the village until the French Revolution. During this period, Mougins was a fortified village surrounded by ramparts and parts of the medieval city wall still exist today as well as one of the three original ancient gate towers (Porte Sarrazine).
Did you know?
Pablo Picasso spent the last 12 years of his life living in Mougins (1961-1973), where he died. Picasso lived in a farmhouse and his studio was in the old village in a building that is now the tourist office.
A Week in Mougins – Our Recommendations
The following is our guide for a one-week stay in Mougins. This is a proposed itinerary for our guests but we can tailor your holiday according to your preferences.
Day 1 – Saturday:
Arrival at 4pm
Dinner by private chef in the gardens of your villa
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