The town of Cagnes sur Mer offers plenty of attractions all year round. See some highlights below with further information available from http://www.cagnes-tourisme.com/.
- Less than 200 yards from the house you can walk to a florist, an ATM machine (Crédit Agricole), two boulangeries, a mini supermarket, a newsagent, a pharmacy, multiple hairdressers, a fresh pasta maker and various restaurants and bars.
- When continuing to walk towards the town centre, you will encounter a Provencal market and more than 600 shops and boutiques.
- Cagnes sur Mer offers more than 3,5km of breathtaking coastline
- On foot : the beaches of Cagnes sur Mer and the small tradional fishing port of the Cros de Cagnes are located less than 2km away and accessible via a shaded footpath along the river Cagnes in about 20mn walk.
- By bus : a bus stop is situated close to the house and will allow you to use the local bus services. From the main bus terminal you can also use various free shuttles (fro example to go to the Haut de Cagnes) or take the bus for other towns of the area.
- By train: the Cagnes sur Mer train station is about 20 mn walk away and will provide access to Nice, Antibes, Juan les Pins, Menton, Monaco and even Italy (market in Vintimiglia evey Friday).
- The Renoir museum and park. Discover the Cagnoise period of Auguste Renoir. Visit his family home which houses his artist studio, furniture and various personal objects. Some of his paintings can also be seen as well as some sculptures. Many of Renoir’s work from this period was inspired by the beautiful olives trees planted in the gardens surrounding the house. Also close by are Fondation Maeght, Picasso, Terra Amata, Fernand Léger, …etc.
- The Haut de Cagnes. An authentic medieval village that has not suffered from modernism. Travel through time when walking through the maze of small and narrow cobbled streets, in the footsteps of the Grimaldi Lords. Various artists also found their inspiration here (Soutine, Modigliani). The nearby village organises an exhibition area in the summer around the 17th century Grimaldi Museum-Chateau.
- The Côte d’Azur racecourse : 2 meetings per year : July-August (trot). Evening events from mid December to mid March (trot – flat – steeplechase). In 2000 an all new weather flat course was developed.
- Typical villages like Saint Paul de Vence, Vence, Tourettes sur Loup, Gourdon, Eze, and many others a bit further inland (l’ arrière pays). Grasse and its perfume museum or Pont du Loup and its tradional factory for sweets and marmelades.
- Towns such as Cannes, Nice, Saint Tropez, Antibes, Menton are not far away.
- Italy is less than and hour away by car or by train, and so is Monaco.
- For the more athletic types : the Park of the Mercantour and the Vallée des Merveilles, the Gorges du Verdon and trekking trails like the GR5. Various ski resorts are also open through the summer and offer multiple activities (Valbergue, Isola 2000, Auron…).
For skiing enthusiasts the resorts of Isola 2000, Auron and Valberg are less than 2 hours away by car. Visit them in the summer too, for a walk or maybe a picnic.