Are you familiar with Cagnes-sur-mer ?

An old fishing port that has become an unmissable holiday destination


Located just half an hour from your hotel in Nice, this charming holiday resort is definitely worth visiting at any time of year.

Before becoming a famous holiday resort, Cros-de-Cagnes was a typical Mediterranean fishing village. Take the time to spend a day in this unmissable destination on the Côte d’Azur during your holiday in Nice.

The vast endless sea

Cagnes-sur-Mer stretches along 3½ kilometres of the Mediterranean coast. The pebble beaches, six of which are private, are a veritable paradise for all aficionados of seaside activities… water sports, relaxing on a deckchair, sampling the local cuisine, shopping…
On arrival, stroll along the seafront avenue and drink in the fabulous sea view from the shade of the palm trees.

Spotlight on the port…

In the 1920s, the port at Cros-de-Cagnes was the biggest fishing port in the Alpes-Maritimes region. It sheltered around a hundred boats and fishing provided a livelihood for over a thousand people.

In 1960, it began to be used by pleasure boats. Today, Cagnes has managed to preserve its village ambience while shrewdly embracing both modernity and tradition, as can be seen from the ‘pointy’ boats tied up in the harbour.

Don’t miss the fishermen’s chapel, the cobblestone alleyways and, of course, the fresh fish market. The tourist office can also organise a guided tour of Cagnes-sur-mer giving you the chance to meet some professional fishermen.

Every hotel on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais affords a splendid view over the Mediterranean. Choose a room with a sea view for your weekend in Nice so that you can admire the deep blue sea from the moment you wake up and, at night, be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves…

…and the mediaeval village

Haut-de-Cagnes overlooks the municipality. A unique historical site dominated by its mediaeval castle: vaulted passageways, little courtyards, stairways bedecked with flowers…
The old town also houses many artists’ studios such as the Espace Solidor and the Maison des Artistes.
If you don’t have time to drive along the coast during your weekend in Nice, Haut-de-Cagnes gives you the chance to admire both the sea and the Mercantour Mountains.
A breathtaking panorama.

Pay Renoir a visit during your weekend in Nice.

The Renoir Museum was renovated in 2013. The estate has been restored to its original decor, just as it would have been in Renoir’s day.
If you appreciate impressionism, you should make a point of visiting this museum. The collection comprises 14 original canvases, sculptures, period furniture and more.
You can also visit the artist’s studio, as well as the kitchen and the rooms at garden level.

If you would like to visit, ask for details at the reception or excursion desk of your Nice hotel.

Flavours of Provence

In Cagnes-sur-Mer you are guaranteed a true taste of Provence, thanks to its many markets. Are you looking for genuine local products? Would you like to sample some traditional specialities? Breathe in the sweet scent of lavender?
During your holiday in Nice, the various markets give you the chance to discover the scents and flavours of the South of France:

  • The farmers’ market, every day except Monday from 8 am to 12:30am
  • The market “Avenue Les Oliviers” every day except Monday and Thursday from 8:30 am to 12:30am
  • The market “Les Artisanales du Cros” only friday in the evening from 6:00pm to midnight

Would you like some more suggestions of things to see and do during your stay on the Côte d’Azur? Ask for details and book at the reception or excursion desk in your Nice hotel.