In the first century B.C., the hill of MOUGINS was the tiny chiefdom of a Ligurian tribe. During the Roman era, it gained relative importance as an outpost on the Via Aurelia (Roman road). It finally became a fortified city during the Middle Ages under the reign of King René, the ruler of Provence, with the Abbot of Lerins and the Bishop of GRASSE as the lords of its charter. Its hilltop location and its stone walls were able to protect MOUGINS from much of the destruction endured by other villages during local conflicts in the XVI century. From the XVIII century onwards, the community was able to prosper from the fruits of its olive groves and vineyards, and from its jasmine and rose fields. The most famous of its inhabitants was Commander LAMY (1858-1900), an explorer who spent much of his time in Chad whose capital was long known as Fort Lamy.
At the end of the 19th century, the ideal climate and location of Mougins began to attract many people both French and foreign. In 1924, Francis Picabia, a surrealist, avant-garde painter, developed a passion for Mougins and decided to settle there. By sharing his enthusiasm with his friends, he attracted some of the greatest figures of our time to this small village.
The most famous one was Pablo PICASSO who came to the village for the first time in 1936. Among those who accompanied him were Jean COCTEAU, Paul ELUARD, and Man RAY. Then PICASSO himself decided to move there permanently. He chose as his refuge from the world, an ideal site overlooking the Bay of CANNES, near the chapel of Notre Dame de Vie. There he continued to work and spent the latter part of his life with his wife Jaqueline.
Fernand LEGER, Robert DESNOS, René CLAIR, and Isadora DUNCAN all came to Mougins, as well as Christian DIOR, who lived in the heart of the village while he was producing some of his most famous collections.
Today there are countless artists residing in MOUGINS, where country charm is complemented by a view of the sea.
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Golf Country Club of Cannes Mougins
This museum was built in 1984 by Adrien MAEGHT. As well as hosting temporary exhibitions, it also houses one of the most magnificent European collections of original and prestigious automobiles – over a hundred vehicles dating from 1894 to the present day including Rolls Royce, Delage, Hispano-Suiza, Ferrari, and Lamborghini.
– 1st June to 30th September open daily from 10 am to 6 pm
– 1st October to from 10 am to 1pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm (closed on monday except during school and public holidays)
€7 adults , €5 children from 12 to 18 years (free for children younger than 12)
Groups: please contact us directly
Royal Mougins Golf Club
Built in 1923, it offers an exceptional, authentic course of 60 hectares that have been well guarded by the club. Its 500 members include people from 28 different countries, as well as some of the great names of the business world.
Severiano BALLESTEROS said, « THE CANNES MOUGINS is, to me, one of the best courses in Europe. ». It was also the favourite of the AGA KHAN.
The club restaurant : LE FAIRWAY Tel: 0033 (0)4 93 75 56 59
Pro shop: Tel: 0033 (0)4 93 75 53 32
Open every day, all year
175, avenue du golf
Tel: 04 93 75 79 13
Fax: 04 93 75 27 60
Office of Tourism
Mougins Tourist Office
18, boulevard Georges Courteline
06250 Mougins – France
Tel: +33 (0)4 93 75 87 67
Fax: +33 (0)4 92 92 04 03
From 1st September 2009 to 30th June 2010
From Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 17.30
Saturday from 9.30 to 17.00
From 1st July to 31st August 2009
everyday from 9.00 to 19.00