This week I visited Château de La Napoule, a medieval castle just along the coast from Cannes. The ancient fortress is over 2000 years old and was restored during the 1950s by an American couple – Marie and Henry Clews. In memory of her husband, Marie founded La Napoule Art Foundation in the château. It was her dream to create an international centre for the arts in order to celebrate her and her husband’s shared passion. Today the gardens are filled with sculptures and the château itself is an artist’s retreat, gallery and museum.
As you’ll see from the pictures the gardens are full of hidden archways and ornate windows, all of which lead up to a big courtyard in the middle. The whole place is full of tall trees which provide plenty of shade – it’s a nice little refuge from the scorching midday sun.
As well beautiful gardens, there is an impressive salon du thé. They serve teas, crêpes and rather fancy sorbets that can be enjoyed on an outdoor terrace overlooking the sparkling waters and beaches below. Amazing.