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First time stage town – 50,000 inhabitants (Cagnois) Situated in the heart of the Côte d’Azur, between Nice and Cannes, this charming destination owes the origin of its name to La Cagne, the costal river that runs through it.
Surrounded by hills, the town extends around a loop, with nearly 4km of beach.
Its history is closely linked to that of its castle that was built in the 14th century by Raynier Grimaldi, the coseigneur de Monaco.
Dominating the medieval village of Haut-de-Cagnes, today it houses the Musée de l’Olivier, various collections and every summer puts on special exhibitions on the occasion of the International Painting Festival.
A visit must also be paid to the Musée Renoir, the property where the painter spent the last years of his life, as well as the pretty fishing port in Cros-de-Cagnes.
With the waves lapping under the Mediterranean sun, Cagnes-sur-Mer will also entice you with the rhythm of its festivals and events : the Promenade en Fête along the recently improved sea front, concerts and shows at the Terrazur casino, the Women’s Tennis Open and of course, horseracing at the Hippodrome de la Côte d’Azur, one of the most well known in France.
34 times stage town – 860,000 inhabitants (Marseillais) Marseille was founded in about 600BC by Greek sailors from Phocaea which makes it the oldest city in France.
A crossroads of civilisations, its experience of welcoming strangers and of opening up to the world has made it a natural link between Europe and the Mediterranean, at the heart of the issues of the new millennium.
The number one French port, a logistics hub, a centre for the tertiary sector and a booming tourist destination, it is equally renowned for its university, the excellence of its medical teams and research laboratories, centres of excellence and its multimedia industry.
As the 2013 European Capital of Culture, Marseille-Provence has over 400 artistic events planned for the year ahead on top of which will be the opening of the MuCEM at the Fort Saint-Jean, the museum dedicated to European and Mediterranean civilisations.
A dynamic that led the town to look to the future and aim to carry off the title of European Capital of Sport when it welcomes Euro 2016 to its legendary and renovated Stade Vélodrome.