Cabris is a charming Provencal village in 30 minutes driving from Cannes. Fewer than 1500 ‘Cabriencs’ are living here all year round. The village name comes from the Latin – “capra” – goat.
Life is friendly, quiet and delicious here. If you are a family whose desire is to pack a lot into a couple of weeks of vacation, enjoy the village and the area without the city hustle-bustle – Cabris is a perfect choice
Cabris has always attracted visitors from the coast. But it is especially since the beginning of the XX c. that scientists, writers, artists came to stay in Cabris or its surroundings and some of them even got settled here seduced by the quality of the air and light, a particular atmosphere and the beauty without artifice, a picturesque natural not transformed into touristic decoration.
There are not so many places in the world where you could meet three Nobel laureates at one table in a street cafe.
Just the name list: writers and philosophers Jean Paul Sartre, Pierre Herbart, Henri Troyat, Nobel prizes in literature André Gide, Albert Camus, Roger Martin du Gard, Nobel prizes in medicine Jaques Monod, François Jacob, André Lwoff, the famous Jean Marais, the Countess Marie de Saint Exupery. And this list is very far from being complete.
All the village life flocks at the place des Puits. Stay here for a couple of hours with a glass of rosé, and we bet you will meet half of the village inhabitants.
Walking along the Frédéric Mistral street, on your left you will see the Saint-Sébastien chapel, and do not let the 1761 figures over the door deceive you. It’s the rededication date when one corner of the chapel was sliced off and rebuilt to accommodate the widening of the street. The chapel itself was built much earlier in the 16th century; under its tiles rest the remains of some of its earliest monks.
Built in the Xth century the Castle of Cabris had the normal medieval castle life until the French Revolution. The inhabitants of Cabris rebelled and on December 26, 1789, several young revolutionaries, led by the blacksmith Perrache dragged down the master benches from the church and burned them at the square in front of the castle. Part of the wall was destroyed and the rebels captured the castle. Later, its ruins were auctioned off and in 1794 it was disassembled. However, the beautiful remains of the wall, gate and some parts of the buildings have survived.
Seven. That is the number. Seven restaurants in the village! Simple arithmetic – to fill them at least two hundred people have to be found twice a day. It is not easy when only a few hundred people live in the village itself. Almost all the restaurants are open all year round. There’s no way to survive in this cruel provencal village world with the mediocre food.