The Magical Appeal of Mougins
24 November 2011
There is no doubt that Mougins, located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, is one of the ‘true gems’ of the cote d’Azur. It is also one of the first ports of call for those seeking property for sale in the south of France.
Curiously however, it was Mougin’s former residents who first brought this medieval settlement to the attention of the wider public. Most notable of these was Pablo Picasso who resided here for the last 12 years of his life (1961–1973). Fashion figures also feature heavily with Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior among villagers. And one must not forget Edith Piaf and even Winston Churchill.
So what drew all these influentials to the village? Firstly, Celebrities are attracted to Mougins thanks to its close proximity to Cannes, particularly during the Cannes Film Festival. Elizabeth Taylor even hosted the ‘amfAR’ AIDS Charity dinner for the who’s who of Hollywood in Mougins for almost 10 years until 2008.
Secondly, glamour and glitz aside the area has obvious appeal. Mougins provides an escape from the city in beautiful surroundings. The village is situated high in the hills but surrounded by rich woodland, such as the Valmasque forest, which covers 437 hectares.
The village also offers visitors spectacular views of the “baie de Cannes”, Grasse, the Lérins islands and the “Préalpes”. It is this natural beauty which to this day attracts both holiday makers and those seeking a property for sale in the South of France.
Mougins has also been famed for its fine cuisine with renound chefs such as Roger Vergé and Alain Ducasse having managed restaurants in the village. It therefore provides a fitting location for an annual gastronomic festival. Each September the ‘International Gastronomy Festival of Mougins’, or ‘Les Étoiles de Mougins’, takes place in the village, giving foodies everywhere an additional incentive to visit.
On arriving in Mougin, you cannot fail to be seduced by the charm of the ancient houses and narrow roads, bordered by an array of bright flowers. There is a wide range of Property for sale in Mougins, from smaller houses to some of the largest villas in the area. The larger properties are generally located on the outskirts of the village behind magnificent gardens and parkland.
So, on further investigation it appears to be ‘no accident’ that Mougins continues to be one of the “must-sees” on the Cote d’Azur.