Welcome to Mougins
Spiralling up its hilltop in the shape of a snail shell, pinprick Vieux Mougins looks almost too perfect to be real. Picasso discovered the medieval village in 1935 with lover Dora Marr and lived here with his final love, Jacqueline Roque, from 1961 until his death. Mougins has since become something of an elite location, with prestigious hotel-restaurants, the country’s most-sought-after international school and Sophia Antipolis (France’s Silicon Valley) nearby.
Nearby Mouans-Sartoux (population 10,490) is equally charming and more down to earth, with a cluster of popular eateries and its own excellent museum to explore.