As high on charm as it is on character, this luxury villa in Mougins, just 15 mins from Cannes on the Cote d’Azur, is a real retreat from the world. Villa Lily has been thoughtfully decorated in a vintage style to compliment the beautiful Bastide...
Destination Guide: Mougins
Perched high on a sunny hilltop, the once-fortified village of Mougins is an ideal base for exploring the French Riviera, from somewhere just a little more genteel than glitzy Nice and Cannes.
Luxury villas in Mougins are a mere 15 minutes from Cannes, but up here, villagers do things in just a bit more of an understated way. The celebrities are very much off-duty – you’ll only spot them if you’re looking closely. Indeed, Mougins has been a favourite with the less-flashy kind of artiste for some years. Picasso first came here in 1936 and made it his home, and Mougins has played host to everyone from Man Ray and Jean Cocteau to Isadora Duncan and Christian Dior. And no wonder.
Rustically beautiful scenery, wonderful views from the top of the hill and a very pleasant climate combine to make it a truly relaxing spot that is tantalisingly close to the glamour of the coastal towns.
The best way to spend a few days here is simply wandering through the pretty, narrow streets of the Old Village, soaking up the Provencal atmosphere and flitting between the little art galleries and museums.
And when you find yourself in need of sustenance, you couldn’t be better placed. Mougins has become a byword for gastronomy in France. Prepare to come back a little heavier than you arrived!
The closest airport to Mougins is Nice Cote d’Azure, less than 15 minutes’ drive away.
Best places to eat and drink in Mougins
It’s all about the food in Mougins and gourmands will be in seventh heaven. You could probably dedicate an entire book to where to eat here, but a few experiences stand out. Le Moulin de Mougins is a Mecca for food lovers, serving traditional Provencal dishes with a very contemporary twist, in a 16th-century mill. You can even learn some of the tricks of the trade at its cookery school lessons.
The Michelin-starred Paloma at the foot of the village is a new addition but not one to be missed. For a more rustic but no less delicious experience, visit Le Resto des Arts, a bistro in the old village, where hearty Provencal fare is delivered in laid-back surroundings.
Best time to visit Mougins
Mougins has a pleasant climate for most of the year although July and August can be fairly hot.
What we love about Mougins
We love wandering around the Mougins Museum of Classical Art. Established only in recent years by a British businessman, the huge, eclectic collection includes antiquities of all kinds and works by Picasso, Warhol, Cezanne, Dali and Cocteau. The building it’s housed in is itself well worth a visit, too.
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