Since ancient times, the exceptional situation of Mougins
on the hill near the bay of Cannes is recognized.
The Ligurian tribe, established the first century before Christ, gave way to the Roman era to a relay station on the Auriélia road that connected Rome to Marseille.
In the Middle Ages, the region and the Cannoise fortified village belong to the monks of the Lérins Islands, which by the charter of 1438 grant Mouginois,
the privilege of being judged on site.
The room Tribunal Moines is the vaulted room on the first floor
our restaurant we call today
"Salle Des Moines."
The village grew, out of its fortifications but respecting
the circular structure of the walls.
Mougins in the nineteenth
The mid 19th century saw the development of winter tourism in Cannes, at the instigation of Lord Brougham discovered that this fishing village while traveling in Italy, he has to turn in Nice because of an epidemic plague. The Lord will know Cannes any English high society that will overwinter in the splendid villas built around the hill of Le Suquet, Cannes on which the fishermen lived.
Mougins & Picasso
These were then wintering wealthy English tea and drinking sparkling white wine country in Mougins, as evidenced by the postcard from the early century on which the Café de France displays a sign in English . He later became the Hotel de France and the Rendez-Vous de Mougins. Mougins has received from many hosts . Some became famous as Picasso during his first visit in 1936 at the hotel " Vast Horizon " Muscadins today , fully painted the walls of his room. The artist was not yet known , the owner of the hotel was obliged to repair the insult to their establishment! Picasso in Paris , taking off again in his luggage , the cook of the hotel, Marinette , which will remain in his service a few years you can , perhaps , have the chance to cross in the village. She will tell you in the very personal style of beautiful stories about the man she still calls "Sir ." Picasso returns to settle in Mougins Domaine Notre Dame de Vie , where he spent the last years of his life.
Artists and gastronomy
Picasso made known Mougins in 1936 to his friends Paul Eluard, Jean Cocteau, Man Ray, Rosamond Gerard. Other celebrities then staying in the village. Edith Piaf, Fernand Léger, Francis Picabia, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Winston Churchill, Catherine Deneuve, Roland Petit, Zizi Jeanmaire, Paul Anka, Jacques Brel who will prepare his pilot, the Duke of Windsor who had taste bouillabaisse prepared by Céléstin Veran at the Hotel de France. In 1969, Roger Verge opens below the village, the Almond and the Moulin de Mougins, who will visit the village in the world. Then there were only two restaurants in the village! In the 70s, Mougins village was the most "star" of France with 11 Michelin stars.
An exceptional heritage
The cultural heritage of Mougins worth a visit: the church of Saint Jacques Maggiore, recently renovated and its organs, the Notre Dame de Vie that Churchill often painted the Chapel of St. Bartholomew. The Museum of Photography, the greatest contemporary photographers have immortalized Picasso. The former municipal washhouse now hosts a monthly new painter or sculptor. In the streets of the villages, you will discover the different sensitivities of many artists.
Au rendez-vous de Mougins
Place du Commandant Lamy (Vieux Village)