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The village of Théoule-sur-Mer

Charming village in the bay of Cannes, Theoule-sur-Mer enjoys a privileged environment and stunning nature. sailing destination par excellence, its sandy beaches and its paradisiacal creeks nestled among the red rocks of the Esterel volcanic massif of the foothills are where all leisure: lazing in the sun on boat rides through skiing boating, snorkeling, catamaran or towed buoys.

The beauty of Théoule earned him owning a station and be connected by railways towards Cannes in 1882, despite an annual population of about fifty residents only.

The land in Théoule belonged to the field of Napoule lords until the French Revolution. The natural harbor, marina today, was one of the most important in the Mediterranean in ancient times. He also hosted the 17th century warships and merchant ships. The defense of the bay and its islands was then provided by a defense tower built under Richelieu's orders.

Built on a former soap factory of the 18th century, the castle of Théoule is much more recent. In the early 20th century, the owner is one of the local officials on the initiative of becoming independent of Théoule, previously part of the town of Mandelieu. Théoule-sur-Mer became autonomous municipality in 1929.

Théoule is also the only town of Alpes-Maritimes has been the scene of some of the landing in Provence in 1944. 11 sailors perished on the night of August 14 to 15.

Emblematic of Théoule, mimosa was imported from Australia in the late 19th century. From the early 20th century, the territory of Théoule houses one of the largest mimosa cultures of Provence, with more than 4000 trees.

Théoule has its charm of exceptional natural surroundings, but also an important architectural heritage: the village has a unique style of architecture of its villas 19th century and contemporary buildings like The Galley harbor or the incredible Palace bubbles: dreamlike creation of the Hungarian architect Antti Lovag, the villa bubble of 1200 m2 was purchased in 1991 by fashion designer Pierre Cardin. While both home and sculpture, bubbles palace evokes another world is harmonious decor of the Esterel with its ocher colors and the softness of its forms.

Works by Jean Laniau exposed to Théoule Gallery with Caryatids and Concretions fountain Jean-Yves Lechevallier, Theoule-sur-Mer inspires artists and makes a large place in their works on its territory. Walk CEBD, Lerin Avenue Pradayrol Promenade or on the steps of the tourist office, the city is dotted with numerous works of art exhibited in the open air: the Reclining Woman, Diane Esterel and The Wind popoy; Boars Esterel by local artist & Golec Golec; Marius Bouliste sculptor, painter and architect Capo Sasso; Presence of Cat Moss; The Flying John Paul Bongibault, wood and metal sculpture; La Rascasse Claude Valois, became a symbol of Théoule; the Temple of Heaven designed by Saintout, home to Diane L'Esterel Popoy, or the Galatea of ​​Saintout; Rose des Sables Lechevallier, carved on site in stone; Aphrodite Jean Laniau, given to the town by the artist and exposed to the villa "Peace"; and The Range of Chaix and bust of Charles Dahon of Tizziano.

Théoule is the artist Fortuné Evangelisti statue of 12 meters high of Our Lady of Africa: located on the Camino de Santiago, in the hills overlooking the Mediterranean, it is a place of worship and pilgrimage for french Algeria. The treatment of the statue is inspired by the architecture and decorations of the Basilica of Our Lady of Africa in Algiers.