Cabris, an old Provencal village steeped in tradition, towers proudly on its peak against the foothills of the Alps, overlooking the grand panorama of the Cote d’Azur, from Cap Ferrat to Toulon, the Lerins Islands, the Esterel, Lake Saint-Cassien and, on very clear mornings, Corsica!
The village was built around a feudal castle dating from the Year 1000, though today the town’s appearance reflects its reconstruction around 1500, after the Black Plague. In 1531, Antoinettte de Requiston arranged to have her husband, Jean II, Lord of Cabris, assassinated, along with his sons. The plot was carried out, but her accomplice was arrested and sentenced, while Antoinette fled to Genoa, Italy.
The castle, the stronghold of three successive seigniorial families, was mostly destroyed in the Revolution. The castle’s vestiges are visible from the Place Mirabeau, near the scenic viewpoint. Writer and statesman Mirabeau often stayed here, his sister Louise having been the wife of the last Marquis of Clapiers-Cabris. Cabris boasts a church dating from 1630 - which harbours a 17th-century sculpted polychrome pulpit - as well as several chapels: the Saint Sebastien, at the heart of the village, built in the 16th century, with a beautiful 17th-century polychromatic wooden altar; the Sainte Marguerite, which shelters a lovely altarpiece from the 1600s and regularly hosts cultural exhibits; and the octagonal, 16th-century Saint Jean Baptiste, built on the site of a Roman baptistery. Southwest of the village one can see the ruins of the Chapel of Mostayret, built by the Lerins Monks in the 4th century and, further on, the petite 19th-century Chapel of Saint-Jean-de-Pape.
Cabris has been a site favoured by numerous great thinkers and artists, among them Antoine De Saint-Exupéry, André Gide, Albert Camus, Marcel Pagnol, Roger Martin du Gard, Herbert Marcuse, and Jean Marais.
The Land of Thirst extended to Cabris (lack of wells, distance from springs, pollution and diversion of canals) until 1931, when the Belletrud Canal was completed. Despite its 1800-foot altitude, Cabris’ mild climate allows the growth of the highest-altitude palm trees.
Cabris invites you to enjoy its natural surroundings, lively streets, and vestiges of the distant past, along with the Great Meadow, the year-round events, outdoor and sports activities just steps away, and a superbly beautiful golf course.
GUIDED TOUR OF THE PERCHED VILLAGE OF CABRIS: Year round by appointment, except Sundays and holidays. 45 minutes.
MARKET: Every Friday morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the small meadow (le petit pré).
Flea market/garage(boot) sales, 200 participants (April, July, September),
The Festival of Cabris, sheepdog competition, crafts and trades of yesteryear (May),
Crafts fair with 40 exhibitors (May or June),
Arlette Gruss Circus, nine performances (July-August),
Commemoration of Saint-Exupéry, homage and military parade (July),
Provencal Festival, Provencal buffet, dances and folk music (August),
Festival of Saint Roch, procession, mass, and aioli (August),
Christmas market, 40 exhibitors (December), living crèche and Midnight Mass (December),
Art exhibits and arts and crafts fairs from May to September at the Sainte Marguerite Chapel.
Office de Tourisme
9 rue Frédéric Mistral
Tél. 04 93 60 55 63
Fax 04 93 60 55 94