Culture and activities

Located at the very heart of the golden triangle of the French Riviera, the village of La Colle sur Loup has remained authentic and has kept human dimensions; numerous artists have chosen to reside there because of its serene way of life. This village, where you can just wander around and visit shops and restaurants, is only a breath away from Saint Paul and its famous “Colombe d’Or“, its pétanque grounds and café terrace on the square, under the trees, not to mention the renowned Fondation Maeght, high place of 20th-century art. It will allow you to follow the steps of Miró, Chagall, Léger, Braque, Clouzot, Picasso, Cocteau, Folon, and many others.
But let’s get back to La Colle sur Loup. Did you know that Yves Klein, famous painter and avant-garde figure of the post-war artistic movement, with his renowned IKB (International Klein Blue), rests in the small cemetery of La Colle sur Loup? Did you know that La Colle sur Loup was, in the 19th century, the City of Roses, because of its horticultural specialization in the production of roses and perfume flowers? And let’s talk about Eugène Sue, author of Les Mystères de Paris!
A little further away, just a few kilometers from there, Vence, “City of the Arts”, also reminds us of its famous residents with its Matisse Chapel, Dubuffet’s workshop, Emile Hugues’ Foundation. Its medieval town resonates with the whispers of even older sheep keepers and wolves.
Further down, close to the sea shore, the mountain peak of Cagnes sur Mer concludes this triangle and brings us back to the noble era of counts, with its very Provençal Grimaldi Castle, its sloping and flowery streets, and, nestled in the hills, reminders of Renoir, painter of women, who experimented with sculpting in Collettes toward the end of his life.
And there is still plenty more to discover. Roads open onto Saint Jeannet, at the feet of Seigneurs Baous, near Tourettes sur Loup, city of violets, Grasse and its perfumes, Biot and its art-glass workshops Mougins and its culinary art, Antibes and its Picasso museum, fortifications, pine-woods and jazz festival. A whole journey awaits you, punctuated with high-quality culinary treats, Opio’s oil mill and Pont du Loup’s candy store, which is regularly showcased in renowned culinary events throughout the year. And there’s also the Route des Fleurs, where are grown violets, tuberoses, and roses, among which the enchanting Centifolia rose of la Colle sur Loup, exclusively reserved for Chanel’s n° 5.
Of course we’re also a short distance from the seashore (12 km), which is perfect for sailing, water sports, etc.
Along the Loup river’s banks, the Gorges du Loup offer perfect spots for canyoning, speleology, canooing and natural adventures.
You can also go horse-riding at the Espace Azur Cheval centers, in Villeneuve Loubet, or hiking with “La Loubière“, in La Colle sur Loup, at the heart of a preserved wooded area.
The countless prestigious golf courses of the region include a mere dozen right around the corner.
As for relaxation, the Mas d’Artigny offers a spa and thalassotherapy?
Children won’t be left out either: between Marineland; hikes among reared bisons in Thorenc; the discovery of the wolf reservation center in Saint Martin Vésubie and the oceanographic museum of Monaco, among others, they will undoubtedly have the time of their life!
Anne d’Hauterives, a specialist and lover of the countryside just inside from Nice, will gladly share her secret itineraries, away from highly traveled roads.