During your stay at the Hotel Gray d'Albion de Cannes, the small town of Vallauris welcomes you in a Provençal setting just 2.5 miles from La Croisette and the Palais des Festivals. Located not far from the pleasant beaches of the French Riviera, Vallauris has a historic center dating from the 16th century, with streets in a checkerboard design. You will discover the old town’s charm and authenticity, as well as the famous Picasso National Museum. With its phantasmagoric sculptures, the Jean Marais museum is also worth visiting. Many art galleries and the town’s last true potters welcome you in the afternoon.
Pablo Picasso and Vallauris
Stroll through the picturesque streets of Vallauris, lined with charming chapels. It’s a town well-known for the arts thanks to its potters, sculptors and ceramicists. Pablo Picasso lived and learned sculpture in Vallauris. A museum dedicated to him in the old castle of Vallauris is a listed monument of the Alpes-Maritimes. His famous “Man with a Sheep" sculpture has pride of place at the old town’s main square.
The sculptures of Jean Marais
Another museum is dedicated to the remarkable sculptures of actor Jean Marais, a former inhabitant of Vallauris. Many artists and art galleries enliven the town throughout the summer. You can book a visit to one of the last pottery factories and discover their internationally renowned know-how. The Baccarat crystal shop in the pedestrian street nearby is sure to dazzle you as well.
Extending seawards from Vallauris, the Golfe Juan is part of the Napoleon Route that leads to Grenoble. It is indeed at Golfe Juan that Napoleon chose to land in 1815, after his exile in Elba. From there, he began his journey to regain the throne of France... Golfe Juan offers sandy beaches facing the magnificent Cape of Antibes.
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