Saint Paul de Vence is the most visited village in France and one of the oldest medieval town on the French Riviera. The village has seen many celebrities pass through it’s streets and eat in it’s restaurants like Picasso, Roger Moore and Jean Paul Sartre to name a few. Saint Paul de Vence is well known for his art galleries.
From Nice, it takes only half an hour to reach this sumptuous medieval village. It is an ideal excursion for a day if you like history and art.
It is a historic village to discover in all seasons. The small paved streets and fountains are typical of Provence. While walking in this village, you can discover the artistic heritage of the region. Follow your mood and relax on the terrace of a small cafe of Saint Paul de Vence and admire the superb view from the heights of Provence.
The fortified village of St Paul de Vence is quite small. It takes only a few minutes to cross the village from side to side but you can spend a beautiful day discovering the fantastic views of the ramparts, the architecture of the houses, the different squares, the amazing art galleries, the museums and take the time to have a delicious french lunch in one of the best restaurants.
Walk through the streets to discover the porches, small gardens, arches, fountains that make all the charm of this beautiful village. Then take a little bit of way on the ramparts to see the sea view and on the other side on the mountain. You will not be disappointed !
Discover why the region was so popular with the Impressionists. The village is really an open-air gallery. You can see artists at work in their studios and staging exciting exhibitions while you wander in the streets of the Saint Paul de Vence. Just open your eyes to discover magnificent works.
If art is your hobby, take a ticket to discover the “Folon Chapel”. The Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon was also a great fan of Saint Paul de Vence. The chapel is his last work he created to pay homage to the brotherhood of white penitents in 2005. This is one of the most beautiful chapel you will ever had the opportunity to visit. Pastel colors, simple designs, modern windows do not leave indifferent.
The Maeght Foundation has one of the largest collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphic works of modern art and contemporary artists in Europe with more than 13,000 references. Whether or not you appreciate modern art is not important. Definitely go there and enjoy the setting, the architecture and the great variety of artworks, canvases and images. You will see the great classics of modern art in large size in a place with mythical architecture and a beautiful garden with water basins.
Located at the entrance of the village before the ramparts gate, “La Colombe d’Or” has a particular aura and character. The owner of the restaurant was very curious and interested about art and it attracted artists of all stripes, who became frequent visitors and some of the faithful friends. At the time, they would exchange their work against a few meals and now the place looks like a restaurant museum.
They say that Artists like Yves Montand and Simone Signoret met at “La Colombe d’Or” and married in the village!
To continue your visit, you can go to Vence which is the neighboring village of Saint Paul de Vence. It is the chic village in the hinterland of Nice. The town is located at the foot of Baous, between three rivers and there springs two sources. A little piece of paradise that has seduced for many centuries.
Away from the glitter of the Côte d’Azur, Vence has attracted many renowned artists who drew their inspiration quietly: Marc Chagall or Henri Matisse who built the famous Chapel of the Rosary. Today, workshops and artists’ galleries are still present in Vence.
The village of Saint Paul de Vence is a popular tourist center even off season. We advise you to visit Saint Paul de Vence in the morning or in the evening to enjoy the streets less crowded. In summer, it will also allow you to survive the heat that hits well on the yellow stones of the ramparts.
Take the 400 bus from The Albert 1re stop near the hostel.