The city of Cagnes
30 January 2017
Cagnes-sur-Mer is a town in the southeastern of France, located at the west side of Nice, between Saint-Laurent-du-Var and Villeneuve-Loubet. It is the 5th largest city in the Alpes Maritimes.
Its population is around 48,000 inhabitants. The territory of the commune has an area of 17.95 square kilometers, with a seaside stretching for 4 kilometers, a modern city with its racecourse, a fishing village called Cros-de-Cagnes, any hills Including the castle Grimaldi which culminates at 90 meters above the sea level, and which houses the medieval village. The commune of Cagnes-sur-Mer comprises more than 29,000 properties, including a quarter of individual houses and three quarters of apartments; a large majority (about 80%) are principal residences.
Historically, the first traces of Cagnes seem to date back to the eleventh century. In 1309, Rainier Grimaldi, coseigneur of Monaco, became Lord of Cagnes and built the Grimaldi castle. In 1388, the castle becomes an important border post between the county of Provence and that of Savoy. In the 17th century, Jean-Henri Grimaldi, Baron de Cagnes, transformed the castle into a comfortable residence in which he led a sumptuous life. During the French Revolution, the Grimaldi family was expelled from the city and the castle abandoned until a private bought it in 1875 and restored. In 1907 the painter Renoir acquired the Collettes property on a hill opposite to the castle and built a villa in which he lived until his death in 1919. The property is now a museum. At this time, many artists stayed in Cagnes-sur-Mer which was known as "Montmartre" of the French Riviera.
Today, Cagnes-sur-Mer is a pleasant city to live that attracts both foreign tourists, retirees from other French regions and young buyers. The quality of life in this city on a human scale as well as the proximity of the international airport of Nice are for many. Most recently, Cagnes-sur-Mer showed its dynamism with the construction of the open-air shopping center "Polygone Riviera".