Saint-Paul Travel Guide

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Saint-Paul Highlights

  • Pro
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     wonderfully preserved 

  • Con
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     Coachloads of tourists 

  • In a nutshell
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     Not only artists love it! 

Saint-Paul Things to Do

  • Maeght Gallery/Museum of Giacometti

    This is an amazing modern art museum way up on top of a huge hill, but worth it once you get there. Lots of incredible Giacometti statues and other art amongst the grounds and galleries. We spent a good hour and a half there, even though it is not that big---lots to see though.

  • Place for great snapshots

    This small town has only two points for entrance or exit. So all city is like fortress. When you enter there you probably will reach long street along side of the town. This one of the best place for great panoramas and take a snapshot.

  • Paintings and souvenirs

    Because of popularity of painting there you can buy an artwork what you like. Painting - shops there are plenty so you can choose what is interesting for you. Of course there are available souvenir shops but Painting - shops there are in force. Almost every other shop is shop for various artworks.

  • La Colombe d'Or: Artworks of famous...

    I have to admit that I didn't visit this restaurant but I would like to do it. This restaurant is famous because of artworks of famous painters decorating walls of restaurant.The thing is that time these painters instead of money for meal in restaurant gave their artworks. Manager of restaurant was provident and kept all these artworks and later...

  • Saint-Paul - the medieval village of...

    The medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence is now full of chic art galleries. After all, Matisse and Chargall spent long periods of time in this medieval village to get inspiration for their art.

  • Old village

    Enjoy a walk around this authentic lil villages with cobblestone streets and nice views over the area

  • Artist Village

    Walking aroung the walled city you can see why St. Paul is a favorite subject for artists. The streets are narrow and picturesque. They form a sort of maze mixed in with garfens, little shady squares, ancient fountains, gateways and porches, and wonderful windows and doorways. Be sure to make time to visit some of the artists' and craft workshops...

  • Village Cemetery

    This little cemetery, located at the far end of the southern raparts, is protected by 100 year old cypress trees through which you can glimpse the sea. Many famous artists including Marc Chagall who lived in St. Paul were laid to rest in this cemetery.

  • Grande Fontaine

    One of the most recognized sites in St. Paul is this urn-shaped Roman fountain as it is featured in countless pictures of the city.

  • Fondation Maeght

    One of Europe's finest modern art museums, the Fondation Maeght opened in 1964, based on the private collection of Cannes art dealers Aime and Marguerite Maeght. Their friendships with leading 20th century artists are reflected in the Cour Giacometti and the Labyrinthe de Miro, and works of Chagall, Braque, Legere, Soto, and Bernard, which are part...

  • The church - L'Eglise

    Worth the view ! Anyway, you can't miss it !Elle vaut la peine d'etre vue ! De toute facon, vous pouvez pas la manquer !

  • L'Eglise Collegiale

    Begun in the 12th century, the rather simple exterior boasts some beautiful Baroque details inside, and a painting of St. Catherine of Alexandria, attributed to Tintoretto. The belltower dates to the 18th century.

  • Jeu de Boules

    Boules is a great spectator sport, and in the Place de Gaulle there is a large sand-pitch, with many players, showing off their skills. The Cafe de la Place is the best viewing area. It's a very fun game to watch, as each player has a specific stance and throw to get the best distance.Boules is also called petanque, which is an amalgamation of...

  • Walking the wall

    The fortified walls of Saint-Paul were built in the 1540's, by Francois the First, and have remained nearly intact since. The views as you make your way around the village are stunning. There are several lookout areas to take in the surrounding countryside, one of them, the Place Neuve, is filled with olive trees, and you can climb up onto the...

  • La Colombe d'Or:where the artists used...

    Place where artists like Picasso and Matisse used to hang around, and dash off a painting to pay the bill, as a result of which the hotel is briming with art.


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Saint-Paul Restaurants

  • Wonderful Dining Experience

    Art of Picasso, Matisse and Legere decorate the walls and terrace of this old farmhouse that was once a gathering place for Impressionists. Yves Montand and Simone Signoret tied the knot here. Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir used to sit together for hours, drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes and contemplating their existential angst. Today...

  • Classic patio cafe

    On the right as you walk toward the village is the Cafe de la Place. Known for it's large petanque area, on two sides of the cafe, this makes a good place to take a break, have a glass of wine and a snack, and watch the players in action. Across the street you see this impressive wall, leading up ot the village entrance.

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Saint-Paul Transportation

  • Bus from Nice

    Bus 400 goes about every hour from Nice to Saint-Paul, takes about 1 hour and € 1.Bus 233 goes to Valbonne where you can change to bus 233 to Grasse or bus 630 to Cannes.

  • Escape from the hectic cote d'azur

    Departing from the cote d'azur you drive through cagnes-sur-mer towards Sophia Antipolis. On a clear day you can see all the way down towards the Mediterannean Sea, check out my photo of the Marina Hotel in AntibesWhen entering St-Paul a stone map shows you the way around.

  • The bus from Nice

    From Nice, you take the 400 line from the Gare Routiere. Buses leave every 30-45 minutes. The trip ot Saint-Paul takes about an hour, and costs about 4 euros.The bus drops you off on the main road. Cross the street and walk down to the village entrance.Most of the ride is very beautiful, with sweeping views of the sea, and the Alps to the north.


Saint-Paul Shopping

  • Wine & Spirits

    I visited La Petite Cave de Saint-Paul, a small, basement wine shop selling a lovely selection of wines from Provence (some Were Quite exclusive Including wine from The Vineyards of the Modern art museum), sommelier gave me his discoveries collection of the great wines of France perfectly preserved in the downstairs room which dates from the 14th...

  • Posh shopping

    Sculptures, paintings & other works of art can be found hereAlso local food & drink products obviously not the cheapest spot on earth

  • Handpainted Porcelain

    A cute little artisan shop, Atelier Tholance presents exquisite hand painted porcelains and ceramics produced right on the premises. Each piece is original, dated and signed by the artist. A wide choice includes vases, dishes, plates and old fashioned pitchers in delicate pastel colours with a flowery"Provençal" style. They also have oil paintings...


Saint-Paul Local Customs

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    Raise your head, and you will confirm that it's a local custom !

    Levez la tete et vous pourrez confirmer que c'est une coutume locale que de placer des fleurs a toutes les fenetres !

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Saint-Paul Warnings and Dangers

  • Crowd of tourists

    Crowd of tourists for that small city is a little downside of this city. Of course if you are there in low season then it is normal. So it is not only problem inside the town but parking is problem as well outside.

  • Coach parties

    In summer St Paul falls victim to tourist overload. In common with places such as Brugge and Venice, often you can't see the city for coaches disgorging more tourists. In addition to an eclectic mix of greying Swedes and Americans, sniffy Parisians and giggling Japanese foursomes , the day I arrived the town was also flooded with Italian youth -...

  • Tread carefully!

    The streets and passageways of this village can be treacherous; with cobblestones and inlaid floral patterns, and uneven surfaces, watch your step so as to not ruin your wonderful time with a twisted ankle. Save the stilletos for evening cocktails, and don those flats!


Saint-Paul Off The Beaten Path

  • The little things... Des petites...

    ... that you may see in St Paul, like this small sculpture...... qu'on peut trouver à St Paul, comme cette petite sculpture...

  • The little things... Des petites...

    ... that you may see in St Paul, like these two little guys...... qu'on peut trouver à St Paul, comme ces deux petits gars...

  • Downstairs

    From the Rue Grande, the view down Montee de l'Eglise was so different from the view looking up. The afternoon sun made it glow, and you could see the hillside over the ramparts.This view is looking south from Rue Grande.


Saint-Paul Favorites

  • Narrow streets

    Like other medieval places there were not very wide streets but very much narrow small streets. Streets very often go down then up because of relief of this place.It is interesting simply walking along these streets.

  • Too Cute!

    We took a bus from Nice to St. Paul de Vence and the bus fare was really cheap. I just loved this little walled village. This place has to be one of the cutest places I have ever visited. I loved walking the narrow cobblestone streets and browsing (OK sometimes shopping) in all of the shops and galleries. We were there off season in February, so we...

  • Flowers everywhere - Une ville en fleur

    Though it first looks like a medieval city, St Paul is really green, thanks to the inhabitants' wish to display splendid flowers, trees or some lush foliage...Bien qu'elle apparaisse au premier regard comme une ville medievale, St Paul est tres verte, grace au souhait des habitants d'amenager idealement des fleurs superbes, des arbres et de la...


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