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Fifteen minutes from Cannes and the 5-star Hôtel Martinez on the Croisette, the Old Town of Mougins stands at an elevation of 250 meters amid the pines and cypress trees. An authentic Mediterranean village perched high above Cannes, Mougins is an often visited tourist site, and for good reason. Renowned for being the favorite holiday getaway spot for the millionaires who own sumptuous mansions there, Mougins is also a famous meeting place for artists, among them Paul Eluard, Jean Cocteau, Roland Penrose and Picasso, who spent the last twelve weeks of his life there.
A tour of the village starts with the area outside the walls, built in the 18th century. Once inside the ramparts, one enters medieval Mougins. The tiny streets and carefully restored building façades are home to numerous art galleries, workshops and exhibit spaces: there are no fewer than 40 in the entire town. In Mougins, every house has a story: at the end of the Impasse Valat, the Old Mill was once the residence of Christian Dior. The private palace, "Vaste Horizon", now the Office of Tourism, was one of Picasso's favorite places to work. The village is also known for its fine restaurants and classified historic monuments, such as the Notre-Dame de Vie chapel, which dates from the 17th century.