Situated between Cannes and Antibes Juan-les-Pins, the town of Vallauris Golfe-Juan has an interesting geography : it is divided into two distinct parts separated by two kilometres : inland Vallauris with its tradition of ceramics and seaside Golfe-Juan with its fine sandy beaches.
The arrival of Picasso in 1948 in the city of potters left an original impression on the fire based arts and largely contributed to the revival of this activity. Today, the tradition of ceramics is carried on with talent : artists and craftsmen together offer visitors a large range of works from the unique piece to art for the table. Because of this, Vallauris has been named “Town of Arts and Crafts”. Renowned exhibitions are regularly held such as the International Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics.
Visitors can also admire the monumental work of Picasso “War and Peace” in the chapel of the Castle – now a National Museum – as well as the bronze statue “Man with a Sheep” created by the artist in 1943, donated to the town and standing in the marketplace.
Humble fishing hamlet, Golfe-Juan found its place in history on the 1st of March 1815 when Napoleon, recently escaped from the island of Elba, disembarked to re-conquer France. Golfe-Juan represents the starting point of the legendary “Route Napoléon” (the RN85).
The bay of Golfe-Juan, nestled between the Cap d’Antibes and the Croisette, a short distance from the Lérins Islands, was always considered one of the safest and best sheltered of the entire Mediterranean coast. Golfe-Juan offers fine sandy beaches and two leisure ports where shops and terraces combine to allow very agreeable walks.