A Brief Overview of Mougins
Sitting high in the hills of the French Riviera, the village of Mougins is so picture perfect it looks like it could have come from straight out of the pages of a fairy tale. Dating back to the days of the Roman Empire, Mougins came into its own in the 1920’s when it was discovered by surrealist painter Francis Picabia, who fell in love with the old town and the idyllic countryside surrounding the village. Picabia invited his friends to visit him on the French Riviera and suddenly Mougins became the summer destination of choice for artists such as Picasso and Man Ray. Word soon spread about the beautiful little village in the hills, and well-known figures such as Christian Dior, Edith Piaf and Yves Saint Laurent all called Mougins home at one point or another. Since the 1920’s, the Medieval village has become one of the loveliest places to live in the South of France, thanks to its outstanding restaurant scene, vibrant social life and strong connection to the arts. Visitors to Mougins have been enchanted by the golden sunlight and gorgeous views over the Mediterranean for years, and now it's your turn to discover this hidden gem in the French Riviera countryside.
Thanks to its sheltered position on the hillside, Mougins has the perfect climate all year round. Summers in the village are long and hot, but the streets of the old town are shady and inviting, just right for exploring with an ice-cream or cold drink. Winters here are sunny and mild, and the flowers in the window boxes and hanging baskets all over the village are pretty much always in bloom, earning Mougins the nickname of ‘Garden-city’ amongst the locals! The old village couldn’t be more charming, the circular streets wind around the Medieval walls in the shape of a snail, and there is a picturesque fountain on nearly every corner. Even a quick stroll to buy the bread in the morning will lead you past historical monuments and pretty stone chapels, so it’s easy to see why Mougins is so beloved by painters and sculptors.There are art galleries and museums scattered all over the village, ideal for picking up some contemporary art for your new French home. And shopping fans will love the selection of exclusive stores in the old town plus the modern shopping centre in Tournamy Les Oliviers between Mougins and Sophia Antipolis. Thanks to its status as the capital of gastronomy, the streets of Mougins are bursting with excellent restaurants and eating out is practically compulsory once you live here. Food is big business in Mougins, so prepare to enjoy some of the best cooking in France, the village might be small, but Mougins has a big culinary reputation to maintain and a record number of Michelin stars to its name.
Ideally placed on the French Riviera, Mougins is just a short drive away from glamorous Monaco, Cannes and Antibes. Pop down to the coast for the day and spend a few hours sunbathing on the beach or shopping in some of the luxury boutiques before heading back to Mougins for dinner in one of those incredible restaurants. Or hop over the border to Italy to enjoy a little dolce vita just an hour away from Mougins. Your daily cappuccino and gelato have never tasted so good. In winter, make the most of living next door to the Southern Alps and head up to the mountains to ski some of the best pistes in France in local stations like Auron, Isola 2000 and Limone. When you live on the French Riviera the possibilities for fun and adventure are endless, and where better to make your dream of living in France a reality than the lovely village of Mougins.
Living in Mougins
Buying Mougins property is the start of a uniquely privileged lifestyle. Thanks to its position between the coast and the mountains, in Mougins you’re close to everything the French Riviera has to offer. From the Provençal countryside down to the resorts and beaches along the Mediterranean. Near enough to all the big cities for you to easily enjoy a spot of shopping or a special evening out, Mougins is just far enough away to be quiet and peaceful once you head home to the hills afterwards. And when it comes to culture and dining out, Mougins is in a class of its own, it’s not known as the capital of gastronomy and lifestyle for nothing! With its mix of contemporary living and rural charm, Mougins is the perfect place to enjoy life in Provence.
One of the biggest advantages to spending time in Mougins is definitely the vast countryside which surrounds the town, 50% of the commune of Mougins is made up of beautiful parks, gardens and forests. The Parc de la Valmasque to the east of the town is the perfect place to spend the day enjoying all that French Riviera fresh air and sunshine. There are 20km of trails winding through the oak trees, cross-country bike paths, bridle paths for pony trekking and a fitness circuit to get your heart racing. The Fontmerle Pond site on the edge of the forest is another lovely place to explore, particularly in summer when the exotic lotus flowers which cover the pond start to bloom. A popular spot for walks near Mougin is the Siagne Canal, which runs through the surrounding area for over 40km, with terraces and bridges to discover along its banks. Cool off under the trees and enjoy the refreshing breeze from the canal on hot summer days, this is what living in the countryside is all about..
With all the open country around Mougins, it’s no surprise that the town is also a paradise for sports fans. From aerobics to yoga, and everything in between, Mougins has got it all. Golf fans will be spoilt for choice by the town’s 2 beautifully manicured courses, while the tennis club is one of the best in the region. If you prefer your sports to come with a motor, make sure you check out the buggy cross dirt track where you can hire quads and motorbikes to race round on. The brand new purpose-built Mougins mountain bike and skate parks are the perfect places for the kids to have fun going over bumps and modules in a safe but exciting environment. If you’re looking for a more gentle sport, why not go pony trekking through the forests or brush up on your dressage skills in the show ring at the Mougins equestrian centre. And not forgetting the latest addition to Mougins’ sports facilities, the Salto trampoline park. Play basketball or dodgeball on trampolines, try out the thrilling slackline or airbag or just spend a couple of hours bouncing around with your friends, it’s all here for you to enjoy.
When it comes to culture, Mougins is right up there with the best of the French Riviera. Over the years some of the world's best artists have all spent time in this tiny village. From Picasso to Cocteau, St Laurent to Dior, Mougins’ natural beauty and glorious light have been inspiring art, fashion and literature for decades. The days when Picasso held fabulous parties in his Provençal mas might be over, and his studio is now the town’s tourist office, but there are still dozens of galleries and workshops to discover in Mougins. Whether you’re looking for paintings, sculptures or ceramic art, you’ll find a wide variety of work in the streets of the village. There are also 5 museums to explore with some fantastic displays of historical artefacts from the region, artwork from both upcoming and well-known artists, photographs and more besides. And it’s not just inside the galleries that you’ll find stunning works of art, thanks to its rich history, Mougins is full of listed buildings and historical sites. Visit the Notre Dame de Vie Chapel with its infamous ‘Minotaur's lair’, check out the 11th Century church in the heart of the village or stroll around town to find the 19 various fountains and washhouses some of which date back to the 12th century. Village life in the French Riviera may have changed over the years, but one of the nice things about living in a place like Mougins is having the time to discover all the links to its fascinating past.
Of course, it’s not just art that Mougins is famous for, the town also has a well-deserved reputation for gastronomy. In the 1960s the village only had 7 places to eat, but the arrival of celebrity chef Roger Vergé who opened Le Moulin de Mougins soon changed that, and today Mougins has over 40 restaurants. From fine dining to traditional Provençal food with a sprinkling of world cuisine, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to going out for dinner in Mougins. And of course once a year Mougins hosts the International Festival of Gastronomy and Lifestyle when some of the greatest chefs in the world come to town to compete in the Étoiles de Mougins competition. Living in the village, you’ll have front row tickets to the best the festival has to offer each year. For serious foodies, Mougins even has its own gastronomy circuit. Start in the Square Roger Vergé named after the man who started it all and follow the names of the various celebrity chefs who have all been guests of honour at Les Étoiles to discover some of the best restaurants in the village. And if you fancy getting in on the action yourself, Mougins also has 3 prestigious cooking schools where you can take classes with a Michelin-starred chef. Become fluent in French cuisine and learn how to cook traditional Provençal dishes, French classics and perhaps just a few chef’s secrets!
With all this on hand and so much more to discover, why wait any longer to purchase your dream home in the beautiful setting of Mougins. Browse our selection of luxury properties available for sale in Mougins today and take the first step towards a new life on the French Riviera.
Mougins Property for Sale
We’re confident you’ll love our collection of luxury Mougins properties, so we’ve handpicked a selection of fabulous Provençal villas and contemporary houses in and around Mougins to give you a taste of life in the French Riviera hillside.
This beautiful Provençal villa would make an ideal second residence or gorgeous holiday home. Set in landscaped gardens designed by Jean Mus, the 7-bedroom property has breath-taking views over the Bay of Cannes and the Esterel mountains. The ground floor features a lovely reception room with an antique fireplace and a unique winter garden to make the most of the French Riviera sunshine all year round. The bedrooms are spread out over the rest of the house and there are also 2 separate guest houses and an independent artists studio in the grounds, needless to say, space is not an issue here. Outside, the lovely terraced gardens are the perfect spot for an after-dinner stroll while the pool, tennis and petanque courts will provide plenty of entertainment for the whole family.
If you’re after a more contemporary Mougins property for sale, this stunning architect’s villa is as modern as they come. Located within a secure private domaine in Mougins, the 2-storey house has 6 bedrooms and bathrooms, plus spacious living and dining areas on the ground floor. There is also an entirely separate guest-wing which will come in handy when the inlaws come to stay, or the kids grow up and want their own space. Dotted around the grounds of the villa you’ll find an infinity swimming pool with a spa, a pool house with a separate bar, kitchen, sauna and shower cabinet, everything you could possibly need for life on the French Riviera!
For a little Italian flair in the heart of the French Riviera hillside, take a look at this fabulous Florentin-style house located in a private domaine close to the Royal Mougins’ golf club, a real draw for golf fans. With 2 entertainment rooms and a library on the first floor, there’s lots of space for entertaining in the main house, plus a separate caretakers villa for staff. Outside a lovely terrace leads to the outdoor pool which is a little oasis in the lush garden. Sit by the cosy fireplace in the living room in winter or head outside to the patio in the summertime, this house was built for relaxing and spending quality time with friends and family.
This is just a small collection of our luxury real estate in Mougins. View our full collection above and get in touch with our Mougins property specialists for more information and to arrange a viewing.
Investing in Mougins Real Estate
If you’re looking to invest in property in the French Riviera, the village of Mougins is a great choice. The idyllic location, first-rate facilities and proximity to the coast guarantee an excellent return for your investment.
And if you’re buying to let, Mougins’ popularity as a holiday spot will make renting your property a breeze all year round. Here are just some of the reasons to consider Mougins for your next real estate purchase:
- The region: Situated in the heart of the French Riviera hillside, Mougins is just minutes away from Cannes, Antibes, Sophia Antipolis and Grasse. Set between the mountains and the Mediterranean, Mougins is an ideal base to explore the rest of the region.
- The climate: Glorious sunshine for 300 days a year, balmy summers and mild winters, enough said.
- The restaurant scene: Home to the International Festival of Gastronomy and Lifestyle, Mougins takes its food very seriously indeed. There are very few villages in France with as many Michelin stars to their name.
- The location: Close to the Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport, Mougins is just a short hop from most major cities in Europe. Take a weekend to discover neighbouring Italy and Corsica or pop over to Monaco for the evening, nothing could be simpler when you live in Mougins.
- The pace of life: Life in the hills is slower and more laidback than down in the big cities along the coast. Escape from the crowds in this little slice of paradise.
- The schools: Mougins is known throughout the French Riviera for its international school which is set on a purpose-built campus in Sophia Antipolis, and has an excellent reputation and results.
- The social life: With Cannes and Antibes just down the road, you’ll be perfectly placed to enjoy some of the year’s biggest cultural and sports events.
Highlights of the Social Calendar
For a small village, Mougins has far more than its fair share of social events throughout the year. We’ve put together a list of some of the highlights you won’t want to miss:
- Un hiver en musique ~ January -February
- Urban trail race ~ March
- Printemps des poetes ~ March
- Ecopark floral art show ~ March
- Ecopark Eden festival ~ May
- Fête de la musique ~ June
- International festival of gastronomy and lifestyle ~ June
- Les nocturnes concerts ~ July-August
- Pour l’amour du Jazz~ August
- Halloween festival ~ October
- Christmas market ~ December
Buying a House in Mougins
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