Cabris, with a name derived from the Latin capra, “goat,” is one of those picture-perfect perched 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 Chapelle des Pénitents Blanc. 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, from the Gulf of La Napoule to the Lérins Islands, from the Tanneron foothills to the waters of Lac Saint-Cassien.
- 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.
- Hiking, tennis, trap-shooting
Key annual events:
In June: Feux de la Saint-Jean
In July: Provencal festival
In August: Saint Roch patron saint festival
In December: Living nativity scene