Tourisme Mouans-Sartoux

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In order to understand the origins of Mouans-Sartoux, we need to look at the history of the two separate communes of Mouans and Sartoux. The original commune of Mouans is laid out in a grid pattern to the west of the Grasse-Cannes road while the former commune of Sartoux consists of scattered dwellings to the east. There is mention of a fortified village at Mouans in the twelfth century belonging to the lords of the same name. In the thirteenth century, the domain passed to the Antibes cathedral chapter but up until the French Revolution, the lands effectively belonged to the de Grasse family, who also owned most of the land in Sartoux. In the mid-fourteenth century, the plague caused heavy losses amongst the population of Mouans, whose lands were henceforth farmed by the people of Grasse. In fourteen ninety-six, the local lord, Pierre de Grasse, repopulated Mouans with around sixty families from the Genoa region. The new inhabitants were required to build their houses in Mouans and this is how the grid pattern came about. In fifteen ninety-two, the castle belonging to the Protestant de Grasse family fell victim to the religious wars and was partly destroyed by the Duke of Savoy’s armies. Several years later, in sixteen-oh-seven, the parliament of Provence recognised Mouans and Sartoux as two distinct territories and administrative centres. It wasn’t until eighteen fifty-eight that Mouans and Sartoux were joined to become Mouans-Sartoux. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the landscape around the commune changed: Sartoux became more and more built up, and at the same time the cultivation of flowers for perfume was taking off thanks to the Siagne canal and the Cannes-Grasse railway line. Go for a walk along the long, straight roads of the village and visit the Concrete Art Centre, after which a truly exhilarating scent experience awaits you in the gardens of the International Perfumery Museum!

Practical information Mouans-Sartoux

Mouans-Sartoux Tourist Office
258 Avenue de Cannes
06370 Mouans-Sartoux
Tel: +33 (0)4 93 75 75 16
Opening times:
Winter (from November to April): Monday to Friday 9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5.30pm and Saturday morning 9am to 12pm.
Summer season (from April to October): Monday to Friday 9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 6pm and Saturday morning 9am to 12pm.