The perfect relaxed informal place to enjoy an inexpensive meal in a perfect unhurried atmosphere, surrounded by real people. No coachloads of tourists, just a human scale.There are four or five restaurants/ pizzerias here, but the Grimaldi is consistently the one that is full.The cooking here is outstanding. While we were taking a leisurely Sunday...more
Thirties Parisien cabaret singer Suzy Solidor had the idea of having all her bohemian artist friends paint her portrait. The Chateau houses over forty of the hundred and fifty paintings of this final collection, and the effect of totally uniquely intriguing.The same figure and face is captured by totally different artists. This lady got around!....more
Here a house in Haut-de-Cagnes proudly displys its age - 1315. It is difficult to imagine life 700 hundred years ago, its brutality and cruelty, its community , yet before you is this legacy.Fifty years before Dick Whittington became Mayor of London, when William Tell not yet set to music led the Swiss to rise against Austria, they were building...more
Passing through Cros-de--Cagnes, Cagnes-Ville, or Cagnes-sur-Mer you will catch a fleeting glimpse on the skyline of the rising battlements of the Chateau Grimaldi, crowning the medieval bourg of Haut-de-Cagnes.If you make the effort, you will find in Haut-de-Cagne the most wonderful unspoilt fortified medieval village, mercifully preserved from...more
Having had the benefit of the Navette Gratuit shuttle uphill, there's no excuse for a leisurely stroll back through the village downhill. The force of gravity is on your side. There are marvelous tiny restaurants which look like they are built into peoples own homes and which never seem to be open. Beautiful view out to sea as you make your way...more
You can't imagine a contemporary architect drawing plans to create this. Its another time and place. No building regulations, no urban plot ratios, no investment return profiles. just the result of human interaction with craft skills. Somewhere the modern urban planner left out the "beauty", things with cost but without function.more
Much restored, the Chateau boasts beautiful interior arches and vaulting, with an ascent that houses many rooms full of contemporary art.In the basement are other artifacts of medieval times, like gigantic olive presses carved out of hardwood, and stone storage jars for the precious juice of the olive.more
The choice of location by the Grimaldi's for their fortification is immediately understood once climbing the Chateau steps to the viewing tower on top. Commanding uninterupted views over the Var valley as far back as the mountains, and seaward from Nice to Cap d'Antibes, a 360 degree panorama assaults the senses. It is something unusual to be able...more
A newly opened restaurant, beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean. A choice menu, small but very tasty.
For an english speaker like myself it was excellent to find Christophe, one of the owners, who explained each dish in precise detail. We were treated like royalty, and the chef Joel, went to great lengths to ensure each meal was as requested by the customer. The decor is fresh and green, and a refreshing change. We thoroughly enjoyed each meal there. Thank you both. We wish you the very best of luck with your endeavours.
Ursula and Peter.
Favorite Dish: Impossible to decide on a favourite, but the entrecote steak, and the plat de poissons were delicious.
As well as in all other cities in southern France the game of petanque is also very popular in Cagnes-sur-Mer.
There is a club near the beach in the center city, and this is one of the coolest places I have ever played petanque.
Perfectly located 'just across the street' from the beach, great weather, great courses and some nice people.
I played there in 1994 and again in 2002, and both times enjoyed it very much. In 1994 me and my family were invited to play with the local members and they offered a drink in their clubhouse, which is cozy by the way. It offers a bar and tables for the usually card-playing french petanque-players.
Managed to find the club again in 2002 and the people there were just as friendly as eight years ago. This is a wonderful place to play the game of petanque!
Equipment: You need to bring you own 'boules'