Cagnes-sur-Mer and its attractions

Cagnes-sur-Mer (Fr. Cagnes-sur-Mer) is a resort town in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in south-eastern France. Part of French Riviera.

Tourism and main sights

The town contains many monuments and objects listed in the cultural inventory of the general heritage of France.

Grimaldi castle. Bought by the municipality in 1939, the castle was transformed into a museum in 1946. In addition to its architectural interest and its fresco representing the fall of Phaeton, produced in 1620 by Giulio Benso, the castle houses an ethnographic museum of the olive tree.

The Renoir estate. In 1907 the painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir bought a property in the Collettes district, where he settled in 1908 and where he lived until his death in 1919. He lived there with his wife Aline and their three children, Pierre, Jean and Claude.

Hippodrome de la Côte d’Azur. In September 1952, the Hippodrome de la Côte d’Azur opened its doors with temporary installations. Eight years later, in December 1960, it was the official inauguration. Since then, the infrastructure has continued to develop and improve, which has enabled it to become one of the most important race tracks in France.

Religious buildings

  • Church of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint Paul, Place Joseph Maurel, 13th century
  • Church of La-Sainte-Famille, boulevard Juin
  • Notre-Dame-de-la-Mer church, avenue Leclerc
  • Chapel of Notre-Dame-de-Protection, donated by the White Penitents, 16th century
  • Chapel of Saint-Pierre-des-Pêcheurs, promenade de la Plage, in Cros-de-Cagnes, 19th century
  • Notre-Dame-des-Pilotes chapel, chemin Guillaumet, still unfinished, remains

Beaches

Cagnes-sur-Mer has a four-kilometre beach. Main beaches are: Le Cigalon, Plage des Galets, Plage du Port du Cros.

Shopping

Shopping is not priority on the tourist program. Best shopping one can find in the nearest Nice.

Cuisine and restaurants

Cagnes-sur-Mer cuisine as mostly Mediterranean. There are no Michelin star restaurants in the city.

Transport and how to get?

Nearest airport – Nice Côte d’Azur Airport.

Road transport. Close to the A8 motorway. The motorway interchange is located at Saint-Isidore.

Outlets and exchangers:

Exit 47 Villeneuve-Loubet: Villeneuve-Loubet Center, Vence, Cagnes-sur-Mer.
Exit 48 Cagnes: Vence, Cagnes-sur-Mer.

Shortest distance by car:

From Menton (tolls): 44 min (44.5 km) via A8

From Monaco (tolls): 39 min (35.9 km) via A8

From Beaulieu-sur-Mer (tolls): 41 min (23.2 km) via Voie Pierre Mathis/Voie Rapide

From Villefranche-sur-Mer (tolls): 39 min (21.0 km) via Voie Pierre Mathis/Voie Rapide

From Nice (tolls): 23 min (14.1 km) via Voie Pierre Mathis/Voie Rapide and A8

From Antibes: 25 min (11.6 km) via D6007

From Cannes (tolls): 33 min (22.5 km) via A8

From Mandelieu-La Napoule (tolls): 24 min (25.9 km) via A8

From Fréjus (tolls): 45 min (53.7 km) via A8

From Saint-Raphaël (tolls): 50 min (56.4 km) via A8

From Sainte-Maxime (tolls): 1 h 7 min (86.9 km) via A8

From Saint-Tropez (tolls): 1 h 27 min (101 km) via A8

From Cavalaire-sur-Mer (tolls): 1 h 35 min (107 km) via A8

From Toulon (tolls): 1 h 29 min (138 km) via A57 and A8

From Aix-en-Provence (tolls): 1 h 47 min (164 km) via A8

From Nîmes (tolls): 2 h 54 min (269 km) via A8

From Marseille (tolls): 2 h 3 min (188 km) via A8

From Avignon (tolls): 2 h 33 min (249 km) via A8

From Montpellier (tolls): 3 h 18 min (315 km) via A8

From Sète (tolls): 3 h 27 min (344 km) via A8

From Agde (tolls): 3 h 43 min (368 km) via A9 and A8

From Pézenas (tolls): 3 h 44 min (370 km) via A9 and A8

From Béziers (tolls): 3 h 52 min (380 km) via A9 and A8

From Perpignan (tolls): 4 h 32 min (472 km) via A9 and A8

From Argelès-sur-Mer (tolls): 4 h 49 min (491 km) via A9 and A8

From Collioure (tolls): 4 h 53 min (498 km) via A9 and A8

From Narbonne (tolls): 4 h (403 km) via A9 and A8

From La Baule-Escoublac (tolls): 10 h 58 min (1,208 km) via A7

From Saint-Nazaire (tolls): 10 h 53 min (1,193 km) via A7

From Nantes (tolls): 10 h 17 min (1,132 km) via A62

From Saumur (tolls): 9 h 3 min (1,003 km) via A7

From Les Sables-d’Olonne (tolls): 10 h 17 min (1,121 km) via A62

From Cognac (tolls): 8 h 28 min (907 km) via A62

From Angoulême (tolls): 8 h 23 min (906 km) via A62

From Eauze (tolls): 6 h 45 min (679 km) via A8

From La Rochelle (tolls): 8 h 54 min (969 km) via A62

From Rochefort (tolls): 8 h 32 min (941 km) via A62

From Saintes (tolls): 8 h 15 min (905 km) via A62

From Arcachon (tolls): 7 h 46 min (844 km) via A62

From Royan (tolls): 8 h 36 min (909 km) via A62

From Biarritz (tolls): 7 h 52 min (852 km) via A64

From Saint-Jean-de-Luz (tolls): 7 h 54 min (857 km) via A64

From Bayonne (tolls): 7 h 41 min (839 km) via A64

From Dax (tolls): 4 h 58 min (523 km) via A9 and A8

From Lourdes (tolls): 6 h 41 min (718 km) via A8

From Pau (tolls): 6 h 53 min (735 km) via A8

From Périgueux (tolls): 7 h 37 min (825 km) via A8

From Bordeaux (tolls): 7 h 19 min (792 km) via A62

From Toulouse (tolls): 5 h 16 min (550 km) via A8

From Carcassonne (tolls): 4 h 29 min (459 km) via A9 and A8

From Andorra (tolls): 6 h 58 min (640 km) via A8

Public transport. The town is served by two TER Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur stations:

Cagnes-sur-Mer station
Cros-de-Cagnes station
Cagnes-sur-Mer is served by the Lignes d’Azur buses, network of the Nice agglomeration.

Main information

Area: 18 sq. km

Population: 51 000

Languages: French

Currency: euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

Coordinates: 43°39′52″N 7°08′56″E

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