A luxurious medieval village 20 minutes to the sea
Mougins is located in the heights of Cannes and is 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.
Given its close proximity to Cannes, Mougins is also often the tourist destination for Hollywood stars during the Cannes Film Festival.
Mougins has a strong culinary history with such great chefs 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 September 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.
- Local Markets
- Fine Dining
- Shops & Galleries
- Beach & Water Sports
- Hoseback Riding
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