Cagnes-sur-Mer is a town and commune of the Alpes-Maritimes département and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, in southeastern France. It is a part of the metropolitan Community of Agglomeration Nice Côte d'Azur and the largest suburb of the city of Nice, and lies to the west-southwest of it, about 15 km from the center.
Famously it was the retreat and final address of the painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, who moved there in an attempt to improve his arthritis.
Places of interest include Renoir's estate, Les Collettes, surrounded by olive trees ; the Middle-Ages Castle at le Haut-de-Cagnes and the Cros quarter, founded by Italian fishermen in the nineteenth century.
It is also known for its horse racing venue, the Hippodrome de la Côte d'Azur, and a four-kilometer pebble beach.
CHATEAU DE CAGNES-SUR-MER
A stronghold build c. 1300 on a hilltop by the Grimaldis of Cagnes, transformed into a palatial home c. 1620 (reception rooms and staterooms in the Baroque style, splendid trompe-l'oeil paintings). Today, it[...]
Built on Greek and Roman ruins, it served as the Bishop's Castle during the Middle Ages, then as a fortress, the seigneural residence of the Grimaldis and the residence of royal governors. After the[...]
DOMAINE DES COLLETTES
The estate owned by artist Auguste Renoir, whose home is now a museum, is comprised of a century-old-olive-grove surrounding an area planted with orange-trees and a terrace of rose-bushes. Superb view of the[...]