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The village of Mougins, located only ten minutes from Grasse and Cannes, is nestled in the heart of nature in the hinterland of the French Riviera.
It is a medieval village that is perfumed with the scent of pine, olive and cypress trees.
The place is surrounded by forests including the forest park of Valmasque which extends over 427 hectares.
This perched village dominates from the top of its 260 meters and offers a 360° panorama on the surrounding countryside and the Coast up to the peaks of the Alps.
In the heart of the village you will walk in the footsteps of the past passing by fountains and wash basins and you will be able to admire ancient residences which have been transformed for the most of them into hotels or restaurants. I quote Le Manoir de l’Etang, le Moulin de Mougins, l’Amandier de Mougins or l’Antre du Minotaure.
Mougins has several starred restaurants and is an ideal gastronomic place; you will be able to taste fine food in a very calm Provencal setting and at the same time not far from the Coast with its animations.
From 1919 onwards, Picasso made his first stays on the Côte d’Azur where he found a second “home”, far from his native Spain. In 1936 Picasso introduced his friends Paul Eluard, Jean Cocteau, Man Ray and Rosemonde Gérard to Mougins. In 1961 Picasso settled permanently in Mougins, buying the mas Notre-Dame de Vie where he died on April 8, 1973.
At the entrance to the village, the ‘Place des Patriotes’ is decorated with a monumental sculpture of Picasso’s head, “Pablo”, created by the artist Gabriël Sterk. The sculpture measures 2.40 meters high and 1.60 wide and it weighs no less than 500 kilos. This first glimpse of the visitor upon arriving at the village is therefore that of the artist who has shaped the image of the village-gallery all over the world.
Other celebrities have stayed in Mougins: Edith Piaf, Fernand Léger, Francis Picabia, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Winston Churchill, Catherine Deneuve, Roland Petit, Zizi Jeanmaire, Paul Anka and many others.
Jacques Brel prepared his pilot’s license in Mougins, the Duke of Windsor came to taste the bouillabaisses prepared by Céléstin Véran at the Hôtel de France in Mougins.