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Culture of the Côte d'Azur

Cap d'antibes

Since 1870 when Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc first opened its doors as a writers' retreat, this place of beauty and inspiration immediately became the favourite haunt of artists and aristocrats, a scene immortalised in Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night.

Famous painters have flocked to the Côte d'Azur for its blue skies and light, their legacy is intrinsic to the region's character. Picasso lived in Antibes, Vallauris and Cannes; today they host museums filled with paintings, ceramics and photography respectively. Thirty minutes north is the former home of Matisse, where he created 'Chapelle Matisse', which he personally acknowledged as one of his masterpieces.

Cannes is transformed each May for the Cannes International Film Festival, and St Tropez is a whirl all summer, Monaco is a smart day trip along the coast. For a different pace sail to Iles de Lérins or tour the hills of Provence. But for true peace, seek out a secluded corner of Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc