Introduction

The medieval village
The medieval village of Haut-de-Cagnes, situated at the top of the castle hill, is the historical part of the town. Some 650 people chose to live in this ancient quarter (classified historical site since 1948) for the calmness of its village life, so different from the frenetic pace of the Côte d'Azur.
If you are looking for authenticity, you will definitely be charmed by the patina of age on the old stones, the shade of the narrow streets full of flowers and local artists' studios.




Unique place on the French Riviera
This place, so unique on the Côte d'Azur, offers great viewpoints, showing a magnificent panorama of both the mountains and the sea.
Many famous artists, such as Renoir, Soutine, Modigliani, Ziem or Klein fell in love with Haut-de-Cagnes....It is your turn now!

Renovation works...
A part of medieval village has recently undergone important renovation works.

Acces
A8 highway + exits 47/48 + direction "centre ville"
A hint: leave your car at one of the car parks in the town centre an the use the free shuttle bus "navette gratuite" n° 44, departing from the central bus station "Square Bourdet" every 15 minutes, every day, all year round.

 

Grimaldi Castle museum
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L'Espace Solidor

In 1960, the famous cabaret singer, Suzy Solidor (1900-1985) set up her cabaret -restaurant and café (that later became the antique shop), in one of the houses at the corner of the castle square. Nowadays, the cabaret has changed into Espace Solidor, the space where contemporary jewellery exhibitions are held.
It is for this particular activity that Cagnes-sur-Mer was awarded with the label of "Villes et Metiers d'Art" (the city of arts and crafts).
Location: Haut-de-Cagnes, place du Château
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 2pm to 5pm, free entrance
Contact: +33 (0)4 93 73 14 42

 La Maison des Artistes
La Maison des Artistes - the artists' house, is a place dedicated to local contemporary painters and sculptors.  Modern art exhibitions take place here regularly.
Location: Haut-de-Cagnes, place du Château
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 12, and 2pm to 5pm, free entrance
Contact: mdacagnes@yahoo.fr

St-Pierre and St Paul's church
The original medieval church was restored and enlarged in 16th and 18th century. The façade of the church and some of the interior paintings date from this period. The picture in the main altar represents St Peter receiving the keys to paradise. The Way of the Cross series of paintings by local artist Charles Barkev, were placed of the church in 2000. They have the particularity of representing the inhabitants of Haut-de-Cagnes, who accepted to pose for the artist.
Location: Haut-de-Cagnes, place Garibaldi (behind the castle)
Opening hours: every day, 10am to 7pm
You can also visit the St Pierre and St Paul's church during the guided tour of Haut-de-Cagnes, every Tuesday at 2pm, departing from the Tourist Office of Haut-de-Cagnes, price: 3€ per person (the tour is available only in French).

 

"Notre Dame de Protection" St Mary's Chapel
The first oratory was built here in 14th century; the place was outside the town walls, on the road to Italy. The chapel is divides in two parts, the closed apse and the outdoor nave, originally meant to serve as shelter for pilgrims.
In the apse you can still see the colourful frescos (by Andrea de Cella) from 1530, discovered in 1930 under a layer of plaster. These well preserved mural paintings represent the scenes from the life of Virgin Mary and the childhood of Jesus.
Location: Haut-de-Cagnes, the corner of montée du château and rue Hyppolite Guis
Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday, 2pm to 5pm
You can also visit the chapel during the guided tour of Haut-de-Cagnes, every Tuesday at 2pm, departing from the Tourist Office of Haut-de-Cagnes, price: 3€ per person (the tour is available only in French).