Cagnes-sur-Mer

A horse racing mecca

The Cagnes Hippodrome opened its doors in September, 1952, in provisional buildings in a unique setting between the mountain and the sea and quickly became one of the French temples of horse-racing. The official inauguration took place eight years later in 1960. Since then, the infrastructures never stopped improving and developing to turn the site into one of the most efficient in the country.

The arena can entertain 11,300 persons including 6,000 in tribunes 120 metres long. Moreover, five blocks of some 900 boxes are designed to accommodate trotters as well as flat racers. In all, some 3,000 horses take part in the various meetings. The site is also equipped with a clinic with three vets for the treatment and surgery of the horses in the whole region. About 150 lads can be accommodated on the premises. A canteen is open for all the professionals working on the track.

During the international events and especially the Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Côte d'Azur, one of the most prestigious mile races, all French regions and most European countries send horses to take part. Cagnes-sur-Mer holds a winter and a summer season and is one of the few racing tracks in France to host events in the three disciplines. The track holds 67 steeplechase races, 111 flat races and 209 trotting races.

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Horse races in Cagnes-Sur-Mer © OT Cagnes-Sur-MerHorse races in Cagnes-Sur-Mer © OT Cagnes-Sur-Mer
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Pop: 50,000  
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Specialities: poutine (fishing), square bowls (petanque with wood cubes)
Economy: tourism, hippodrome de la Côte d'Azur, second horse racing track in France.
Celebrities: Auguste Renoir, Soutine, Derain (painters), Jean-Henri Grimaldi, Suzy Solidor (singer and actress), Foujita (artist), Mouloudji and Georges Ulmer (singers), Georges Simenon (writer), Yves Klein (painter), Sandrine Alexis (humorist).  
Sport: Open GDF SUEZ , women's tennis tournament (May).
Culture: Printemps des poètes (March), Jazz in the castle (July/August), Autumn theatre meetings (October), Chestnut fair (November).
Labels: villes et métiers d'art, ville fleurie (3)

Timeline

  • 11th century

    The name Cagnes appears.
  • 1309

    Rainier Grimaldi has the castle built.
  • 1388

    The county of Nice goes under the rule of the Duchy of Savoy and Cagnes marks the border with the County of Provence.
  • 1483

    The border town importance of Cagnes increases when Provence becomes French. Several battles take place in Cagnes.
  • 1620

    Jean-Henri Grimaldi turns the castle into a palace, which becomes one of the most prestigious in the region. It is the first golden age of Cagnes.
  • 18th century

    Fishermen from Menton come to Cagnes. Fishing develops.
  • 1789

    The Grimaldis are expelled by the Revolution.
  • 1903

    Auguste Renoir comes to live in Cagnes.
  • 1945

    Cagnes becomes the “Montmartre of the French Riviera”.
  • 1948

    The castle becomes national heritage and is turned into a museum with the House of Artists (1954) and Espace Solidor.
  • 1952

    Opening of the Hippodrome.
Castle of Cagnes-Sur-Mer - Creative Commons paternitéAuguste Renoir, Self-portrait at 35 in 1876, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge - Renoir, peintre du bonheur : 1841-1919, de Gilles Néret
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Specialities: poutine (fishing), square bowls (petanque with wood cubes)
Economy: tourism, hippodrome de la Côte d'Azur, second horse racing track in France.
Celebrities: Auguste Renoir, Soutine, Derain (painters), Jean-Henri Grimaldi, Suzy Solidor (singer and actress), Foujita (artist), Mouloudji and Georges Ulmer (singers), Georges Simenon (writer), Yves Klein (painter), Sandrine Alexis (humorist).  
Sport: Open GDF SUEZ , women's tennis tournament (May).
Culture: Printemps des poètes (March), Jazz in the castle (July/August), Autumn theatre meetings (October), Chestnut fair (November).
Labels: villes et métiers d'art, ville fleurie (3)

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Cagnes-sur-mer and cycling

Cagnes has one of the most famous horseracing tracks in France but the town will switch from jockeys to riders as the town hosts a Tour de France stage for the first time. In 2009, the race had gone through Cagnes during the stage between Monaco and Brignoles won by Mark Cavendish. Cagnes was also one of the strongholds of the family of Lucien Teisseire (see Nice), whose Cagne-based brother Emile was also a professional. Another rider from Cagnes, Olivier Tastour, rode the 2001 Tour de France but was forced out in the 6th stage.

Tour de France 2009, Monaco-Brignoles © Presse Sport/MONSMark Cavendish, winner of the Monaco-Brignoles stage in Tour de France 2009 © Presse Sports/MONS
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Pop: 50,000  
Chef-lieu de canton of  Alpes-Maritimes (06)
Specialities: poutine (fishing), square bowls (petanque with wood cubes)
Economy: tourism, hippodrome de la Côte d'Azur, second horse racing track in France.
Celebrities: Auguste Renoir, Soutine, Derain (painters), Jean-Henri Grimaldi, Suzy Solidor (singer and actress), Foujita (artist), Mouloudji and Georges Ulmer (singers), Georges Simenon (writer), Yves Klein (painter), Sandrine Alexis (humorist).  
Sport: Open GDF SUEZ , women's tennis tournament (May).
Culture: Printemps des poètes (March), Jazz in the castle (July/August), Autumn theatre meetings (October), Chestnut fair (November).
Labels: villes et métiers d'art, ville fleurie (3)

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Places to see

Renoir Museum

Renoir's house at Les Collettes is a moving place for the evocative power of the old master's daily life as he lived there in the last eleven years of his life, from 1908 to his death in 1919. Twelve rooms in the painter's house are now ope to the public. The museum was entirely renovated in 2012 and 2013 and reopened in July. Rooms dedicated to sculpture have been added and a lift for disabled visitors has been installed.

Grimaldi castle and museum
 
Bought by the municipality in 1939, the castle was turned into a museum in 1946. Besides its architectural interest and a fresco representing the fall of Phaeton, painted in 1620 by Giulio Benso, the castle is home to a ethnographic museum dedicated to olive, a donation by Suzy Solidor of some 40 portraits of the singer painted by famous painters in the early 20th century, a donation by Andre Verdet and a museum of modern Mediterranean art. Every summer, the museum also holds temporary exhibitions during its International summer festival.

Renoir Museum © OT Cagnes-Sur-MerThe Grimaldi museum castle overlooks Cagnes-Sur-Mer © OT Cagnes-Sur-MerCros-De-Cagnes © OT Cagnes-Sur-MerPedestrian nocturnes © OT Cagnes-Sur-Mer
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Pop: 50,000  
Chef-lieu de canton of  Alpes-Maritimes (06)
Specialities: poutine (fishing), square bowls (petanque with wood cubes)
Economy: tourism, hippodrome de la Côte d'Azur, second horse racing track in France.
Celebrities: Auguste Renoir, Soutine, Derain (painters), Jean-Henri Grimaldi, Suzy Solidor (singer and actress), Foujita (artist), Mouloudji and Georges Ulmer (singers), Georges Simenon (writer), Yves Klein (painter), Sandrine Alexis (humorist).  
Sport: Open GDF SUEZ , women's tennis tournament (May).
Culture: Printemps des poètes (March), Jazz in the castle (July/August), Autumn theatre meetings (October), Chestnut fair (November).
Labels: villes et métiers d'art, ville fleurie (3)

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Montmartre of the french riviera

In the beginning of the 20th century, when Auguste Renoir came to settle in Cagnes, it was just a small seaside village. Attracted by the celebrity of the impressionist master, numerous artists in love with the Mediterranean light came to join him in the picturesque little town, then dubbed “the Montmartre of the French Riviera”, and which kept attracting celebrities until the Sixties. Among the most famous artists who lived in the upper part of town were Chaim Soutine, Foujita, Yves Klein, novelist Georges Simenon, actress Greta Garbo, singers Mouloudji, Suzy Solidor, Georges Ulmer or Brigitte Bardot...

Seduced by the place two years before, Renoir settled with the whole of his family in a big flat at the Maison de la Poste in 1905. In 1907, he bought the Domaine des Collettes , a small farm located inside a beautiful domain with splendid olive and orange trees. Mrs Renoir soon decided to have a big house built equipped with all the commodities of the time and with two workshops for the painter, one inside and one on the outside. In this big house, Mrs Renoir employed many servants who sometimes became models for Renoir like Gabrielle or Renee. Renoir painted Cagnes in warm tones reflecting his love of the village and the light of the south.

Late in 1919, Renoir left Cagnes to go to the Louvre museum. Back home on November 30, he started working on a small painting which was to be his last work. Two doctors, his cook, Grande Louise, and his sons were by his side when he passed at Les Collettes on December 3.

The town of Cagnes bought the place from Claude Renoir, who had inherited the house and lived there for many years. The estate is now a museum, opened in 1960, bearing witness to the daily life of one of the most popular painters of his time.

Cagnes-sur-Mer, Domaine des Collettes, Renoir Museum © MossotLandscapes Cagnes-Sur-mer, Auguste Renoir, 1907-1908 © Domaine public
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Pop: 50,000  
Chef-lieu de canton of  Alpes-Maritimes (06)
Specialities: poutine (fishing), square bowls (petanque with wood cubes)
Economy: tourism, hippodrome de la Côte d'Azur, second horse racing track in France.
Celebrities: Auguste Renoir, Soutine, Derain (painters), Jean-Henri Grimaldi, Suzy Solidor (singer and actress), Foujita (artist), Mouloudji and Georges Ulmer (singers), Georges Simenon (writer), Yves Klein (painter), Sandrine Alexis (humorist).  
Sport: Open GDF SUEZ , women's tennis tournament (May).
Culture: Printemps des poètes (March), Jazz in the castle (July/August), Autumn theatre meetings (October), Chestnut fair (November).
Labels: villes et métiers d'art, ville fleurie (3)

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