The French Riviera Sights

Château de la Napoule

  • Av. Henry Clews Map It
  • Mandelieu–La Napoule
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 06/25/2015

Fodor's Review

Looming over the sea at Pointe des Pendus (Hanged Man's Point), the Château de la Napoule is a spectacularly bizarre hybrid of Romanesque, Gothic, Moroccan, and Hollywood cooked up by the eccentric American sculptor Henry Clews (1876–1937). Working with his architect-wife, Clews transformed the 14th-century bastion into something that suited his personal expectations and then filled the place with his own fantastical sculptures. The couple reside in their tombs in the tower crypt, its windows left slightly ajar to permit their souls to escape and allow them to "return at eventide as sprites and dance upon the windowsill." Today the château's foundation hosts visiting writers and artists, who set to work surrounded by Clews's gargoyle-ish sculptures. These days, it's advised to call in advance to ensure the château is not closed for a private event, and if you plan on enjoying the Salon de thé, reservations are required.

Sight Information


Av. Henry Clews, Mandelieu–La Napoule, 06210, France

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Sight Details:

  • €6, gardens only €3.50
  • Feb. 7–Nov. 7., daily 10–6, guided visits at 11:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30; Nov. 8.–Feb. 6., weekdays 2–5, guided visits at 2:30 and 3:30; weekends 10–5, guided visits at 11:30, 2:30, and 3:30

Published 06/25/2015


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