At Le Mas Candille, we love being part of the Mougins community and would like to share our favourite things to do in Mougins that are not necessarily on a tourist map. Read on to discover our top 5 things to do in Mougins, France.
Mougins is a beautiful hilltop village located in the Provence Cote d’Azur in the South of France. The quaint town of Mougins is located a mere 7.5km from Cannes, meaning it is only a 20-minute drive. Typical temperatures in Mougins range between 20-27 degrees in the summer months (May- October) to 12-16 degrees in the winter months (November-April) which makes for the perfect temperature all year round for relaxing as well as exploring the South of France.
Must-See Things to Do in Mougins, South of France.
Etang de Frontmerle
Home to Europe’s largest lotus colony the Fontermerle pond is a must-see thing to do in Mougins. The Fontermerle is a rare and remarkable 5-hectare site natural pond on the edge of Parc de La Valmasque. The lotuses are in bloom from July to mid-September with flowers up to 25cm in diameter and leaves up to 1m across. You do not want to miss these stunning flowers in bloom.
Not to worry if you miss the lotus pond in full bloom as this natural pond is also home to over 70 species of birds with some living there permanently and others only in winter.
The Parc de La Valmasque is open all year round and is free to enter with plenty of parking nearby as well as a dedicated car park.
Notre Dame de Vie Chapel
You may notice upon visiting Mougins that the town is obsessed with art, in particular, the works of Picasso. This is because Mougins was actually the place where Picasso chose to spend his final years. This romantic medieval chapel was built in the 12th Century and reconstructed in 1646. The picturesque surrounding trees captivated Picasso and were once painted by Winston Churchill. The priory, next door to the chapel, was once Picasso’s private residence and studio. Upon Picasso’s death, the art collection inside was worth in excess of $1 billion. For more information about Pablo Picasso’s French Home read here.
The Chapel Notre-Dame de Vie is free to visit and open:
- Every day in July and August
- Weekends in May, June and September
- Sundays from October to April
Musee d’Art Classique de Mougins
Since Mougins is a town so proud of art, one of the best things to do in Mougins, France is to visit the Musee d’Art Classique de Mougins. This fabulous museum is home to a large collection of antiques including Greek, Roman and Egyptian sculptures, vases, coins and jewellery. Unsurprisingly, it is the world’s largest private collection of ancient arms and armour. Explore the lasting influence of the ancient world by viewing ancient, neo-classical and contemporary art displays side by side in this unique museum.
A Round of Golf
If you are a fan of golf, you are in luck! Mougins is renowned for its idyllic golfing environment. Therefore, one of the best things to do in Mougins is playing a round of golf. The Cannes Mougins Golf Club is a highly exclusive golf club featuring a par 71, 18 hole course running over 6000 metres and considered to be a jewel of the Riviera, but do not hesitate if you are not a member of this outstanding golf club. You are still able to access the golf course through the Côte d’Azur Golfs Pass. For more information about golfing in Mougins.
MIP Gardens in Mouans Sartoux
If you fancy venturing slightly outside of Mougins, you should visit the MIP gardens to awaken your senses. Used as the plant conservatory for the International Perfume Museum in Grasse these gardens are home to species of plants traditionally grown for perfumes as well as contributing to the conservation of varietal diversity for perfumery. For more information about the enchanting town of Grasse read here.
So whether you want to become absorbed by the arty culture or would rather spend the day playing golf, Mougins has something for everyone! After a long day exploring this beautiful town, why not relax at the spa or enjoy a Michelin star meal at Le Candille. Le Mas Candille is situated on the outskirts of Mougins, making it the perfect destination for your stay. Why not book your Mougins escape today?