If there is a medieval town to discover during your stay at the Hotel Gray d'Albion de Cannes, it’s indeed Le Haut-de-Cagnes. It’s a listed, historic neighborhood that features an old fortress overlooking cobbled, flowery streets, the chapel of Notre-Dame de la Protection with its colorful paintings, the Église Saint Pierre and its frescoes of the Stations of the Cross, the remains of the medieval city walls... and the more contemporary seaside promenade of Cagnes, where pebbled beaches are bordered by a long bike path that takes you all the way to the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.
Haut-de-Cagnes, an old fortified town
Once you’ve learned all about La Croisette
discover Cagnes-sur-Mer, about 12 miles from Cannes. Many painters
, including Auguste Renoir
, were inspired during their stay at these sites. Renoir immortalized on canvas the unobstructed views of this varied landscape. His residence can be visited at the Domaine de Collettes, where his workshop is still intact. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Haut-de-Cagnes
from the terraced garden.
In Haut-de-Cagnes, visit the Château Grimaldi
. Built on the site of an ancient fortress, it now houses collections from the Mediterranean Modern Art Museum and the Museum of the Olive Tree Ethology. The large front door and the staircase to reach it are quite imposing. The castle’s architecture and frescoes are very well preserved. On top of the tower, a unique panoramic view
Cagnes by the seaside
Near the Hippodrome, the seaside promenade offers a nice moment to relax. Watch out for the pebbled beaches all along! At night, the Provençal markets enliven the summer with a friendly and convivial atmosphere several times a week. It’s a chance to discover the small fishing port and the fishing village of Cros-de-Cagnes, which can easily be spotted thanks to the flaming-yellow church of Saint-Pierre du Cros. This area is full of trendy restaurants as well as more traditional ones.
Château du Haut-de-Cagnes - Place Grimaldi - Haut-de-Cagnes Tel.: 04 92 02 47 30 / 04 92 02 47 35
Winter opening hours: from 10:00 am to noon and from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Sumer opening hours: from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Closed on Tuesdays. Full fee: 4€ Free parking below the old town.
Domaine des Collettes – Catering until July 2013.
Maison d’Auguste Renoir
After restoration: from 1st May to 30 September, open from 10:00 am to noon and from 2:00 to 6:00 pm
From 1st October to 30 April, open from 10:00 am to noon and from 2:00 to 5:00 pm