Cagnes-sur-Mer, France

Cagnes-sur-Mer Holiday Houses - Cagnes-sur-Mer Villas

Cagnes-sur-Mer is a commune of the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It lies 15 kilometres to the west-southwest of Nice.

Cagnes-sur-Mer was the retreat and final address of the esteemed Impressionist painter Renoir. In the late 1920s, Cagnes-sur-mer also became a residence for many American renowned literary and art figures.

Cagnes consists of three separate areas: Cagnes-sur-Mer, the seaside resort; Cagnes town just behind the resort; Haut-de-Cagnes, the original settlement. When you rent a Cagnes-sur-Mer holiday house or villa, do make a trip to the Haut-de-Cagnes. On the top of a hill, it stands in the location of an earlier village occupied in turn by both the Greeks and the Romans. It offers numerous old narrow lanes and stairways to explore, and is lined with medieval and renaissance houses.

The other two parts of the village are the 'new town' at the foot of the hill; and the old fishing port (Le Cros de Cagnes). Fishing was the main industry in the village before tourists discovered this beautiful part of France. The port is an excellent place to find a fish restaurant. There are also several kilometres of pebble beaches.

When you stay in a self-catering holiday home in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France - make sure you visit Chateau Grimaldi.  The chateau has been lovingly looked after, containing a stunning internal courtyard, a fine staircase, a monumental fireplace and an elaborately painted ceiling - dating from the renovation of the castle in the early 17th century. The Mediterranean Museum of Modern Art is in the castle, as is the Museum of the Olives.

Musee Renoir is also located at Les Collettes and can be visited. When you rent self-catering accommodation in Cagnes-sur-Mer don’t miss this Renoir’s collection of 11of his paintings and some other works by well known artists. 

If you plan to arrive in Cagnes sur Mer by train, there are local services from Nice. Nice is the nearest airport offering regular service from all over the UK. Airlines include Air France, bmi, bmi baby, British airways, easyJet, Flybe, Jet2, Ryanair, Aer Lingus. If you prefer to drive then Cagnes sur Mer is accessed via the A8 auto route.