Cabris, with a name derived from the Latin capra, meaning “goat,” is one of those picture-perfect hilltop villages of the French Riviera.
When first entering the village, a vast, green meadow – the happy playground of children and families –, tall trees, shady café terraces, and simpler-life ambiance unite to create a petite, pastoral, Provençal paradise!
Proudly representing the past are the old town hall, the clock tower, the Pénitents Blanc chapel.
Only a few ruins remain of the stately medieval castle that once stood over the village, along with vestiges of the outer walls. Nevertheless, from the esplanade, you will be more than rewarded by the extraordinary view of the Mediterranean.
- Place Mirabeau: the esplanade of the feudal castle offers a spectacular view of the Mediterranean and the Cabris lookout point is one of the most remarkable on the Côte d’Azur.
- Le Grand Pré: Cabris’ “great meadow” or “common” is the site of many events throughout the year. Beyond the fairs and pétanque competitions and flea markets, it also hosts the Arlette Gruss circus each summer and is a shared recreational space for talks between neighbors, forging new social ties, and strengthening old ones.
- The Notre-Dame de l’Assomption parish church: Just a few strides from the Place du Panorama is the parish church, completed in 1630. Being perched near the uppermost point of the village, the church was frequently struck by lightning, which caused a fire that burned the wooden altar and causing extensive damage. Since that time, the height of the structure’s bell tower has been reduced by half. The parish church in Cabris is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption.
THINGS TO DO & SIGHTS TO SEE:
• Place Mirabeau panoramic viewpoint
• Le Grand Pré common
• Notre Dame de l’Assomption parish church
• Hiking trails
• Mountain biking
Many famous thinkers and artists have stayed in Cabris: Albert Camus made several visits to the village in the 1950s, André Gide stayed here upon his return from his trip to Egypt in 1940, as well as Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Marcel Pagnol, Jean Marais, and French novelist and Nobel Prize winner Roger Martin du Gard.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry regularly stayed here, as his mother Marie moved to Cabris in 1938 and lived here until her death in 1972.
KEY ANNUAL EVENTS:
June: Feux de la Saint-Jean
July: Provencal festival
August: Saint Roch patron saint festival
December: Living nativity scene
Friday (Place de la Mairie): Food - Fish