Although rebuilt over the centuries, Église Saint Jacques-le-Majeur originated in Roman times. It is the town's main church and is located at the summit of the hill on which Mougins was built. A climb up the tower affords the visitor views extending all the way to the bay of Cannes on the Mediterranean.
Much like many inland villages in Provence, Mougins is perched on a hill. These villages were built as such not only for defensive purposes but also to save the flatter grounds for agriculture. Upon the arrival in Mougins, a map of the city drawn on ceramic tiles, greets the visitor. Captured in the attached photo, the map gives the visitor an excellent perspective on how hilltop villages are built, with the alleys and streets following the contours of the hill.
As the village where Pablo Picasso spent his last days, Mougins' association with the world of art is undeniable. Since Picasso's days, some artists followed his footsteps and consequently many ateliers and art galleries were established in Mougins. Thus, the town has a high concentration of art galleries which people from all over the Côte d'Azur visit.
The centre of the village, la place des Mûriers is where everything happens in Mougins. The small square is surrounded by cafés, restaurants and shops. A few young olive trees planted in large pots shade the square, while a pretty statue commands the centre.
Dedicated to Picasso, the small Musée de la Photographie contains a collection of photographs of the artist in his atelier in Mougins. Picasso spent his last days living in Mougins, which established a lasting bond with the world of Art. The museum also contains photos of other artists, such as Salvador Dali and Joan Miró, shot by the same photographer. It is located next to la Porte Sarrasine and entry is free of charge.
At a height of approximately 260 metres, the hill on which Mougins was built affords it excellent views of the surroundings. The Mediterranean on one side and the Alps on another, these views do not disappoint. Attached are photos of the scenery.
Mougins' magic lies in its preserved mediaeval character. The town's architecture has not changed in centuries and walking through the narrow alleys takes the visitor back in time. It is this very charm, couple with the laid back atmosphere, that has drawn artists to Mougins. Attached are some photos of the streets of Mougins.
Built in the 15th century, la Porte Sarrasine is the only gate to have survived from the once walled village of Mougins. It is now a mere archway on one of the streets of the village.
In addition to art galleries, Mougins contains several antique shops. Mostly, they sell French country antiques acquired locally and regionally.