Vence Travel Guide

  • Approaching Hilltop Village St Paul de Vence
    Approaching Hilltop Village St Paul de...
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  • Walking the Narrow Streets - St Paul de Vence
    Walking the Narrow Streets - St Paul de...
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  • Magnificent Galeries - Chargall
    Magnificent Galeries - Chargall
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Vence Things to Do

  • Fountains & Waterwells Everywhere

    The fountains and water troughs always attracted the tourists. Most of the fountains were in good working condition and desired by tourists for a photo.The fountain is only part of the appeal, it is the surroundings that enhance the scene and make it special!Very often situated in a beautiful courtyard surrounded by beautiful buildings and garden.

  • Massive Village Wall - St Paul De Vence

    These village walls are substantial and would have provided good protection centuries ago. To scale the walls would have been very difficult, particularly if the citizens were aware they were under attack.

  • St Paul De Vence - Art Galleries...

    Over the centuries the hilltop village of St Paul de Vence has always been a favoured place for artists. The beauty and peace of the village and surrounding countryside have drawn many artists to take up residence for a period during their lifetime.Amongst the famous to live here were Chagall, Matisse, Cezanne and many others. The many galleries...

  • St Paul De Vence Village - Crowded...

    We are now walking the narrow streets, some hilly, some more like narrow lanes. Everything so far has been pedestrian traffic, a nice way to tour.The decision is to decide where to stop for an extended view and photo shoot, but not to overstay in any one location until we have seen the majority of the village. Limited time, only 3 hours and this...

  • Inside The Walled Village - St Paul De...

    We are now about to enter the walled hilltop village of Vence through the Gate. Impressive entry through the massive wall and a pleasant surprise at the preserved historic buildings and narrow streets which give an insight to life here centuries ago.Immediately upon entry we knew we were going to enjoy our visit.

  • Office of Tourism - St Paul De Vence...

    Should you require tourist information or accommodation the Tourist Information office is the place to visit.

  • Boules Playing Field - St Paul De Vence

    A game played in France with metal boules (bowls), very similar to lawn bowls, however played on a clay or hardened earth ground. Looks as though it has an aggressive side to it as they often try to remove the best boule (closest to the smaller object boule) by striking it out.Interesting to watch, however no game was in progress as we walked by.

  • St Paul De Vence - Village Map

    As we approached the walled village we passed several signs providing information to tourists. The Map was a great help to us, giving us some idea of what was available to see and visit during our limited time in the village.

  • Approaching Walled Village St Paul De...

    On our walk up to the entrance of the walled village we passed this old church building with bell tower and beautiful artistic work on display in front of the building.This was a taste of what we were going to experience once inside the walled hilltop village.The walk provided an opportunity to take some photos of the surrounding countryside.

  • Market - Outside St Paul De Vence...

    Our coach parked outside the village walls and we had a 10 minute walk up to the walled village.This was no problem as there several activities along the way including a market stalls, cafes, boules ground and other village activities.

  • More Walking around Vence

    The best thing to do in Vence is explore on foot. Make sure you see the houses built into the town walls. And here are some more photographs.

  • Walking tour of Vence

    The best thing to do in Vence is explore on foot. Make sure you see the houses built into the town walls. Here are some photographs of what you will see when you explore Vence.

  • Explore the picturesque village

    The ever so charming village of Eze has attracted the likes of Pablo Picasso and other artists. More recently, member of the U2 band have summer places I hear. Start with a lunch preferably over looking the fantastic view of the sea and Caps bellow (Antibes, Ferrat).

  • Vence, villa, view

    One of the lovely private villas off the Avenue Matisse, on the hill facing old Vence and the valley from which the town rises. Turquoise balustrading. Ravishing.

  • Hotel de Ville

    The flag-decked Town Hall in central Vence, located in the market square, where suprisingly, a market is held most mornings.The colour scheme is strong peach and sand. I guess it wouldn't work on a South London terrace. Sky's the wrong colour: grey

  • Lovely walled market town

    Welcome to Vence, a town which has always attracted artists, painters and poets. Dufy, Matisse, Chagall, Dubuffet.

  • Winding narrow streets

    Vence is your archetypal medieval market town. Bigger than the twee tourist centres like St Paul, Vence manages to mix ancient and modern. The hillsides around Vence are an ideal sought after location for those second home owners who want a villa and pool in Provence at an almost affordable price, without paying astronomical prices as would be...

  • Cathedral and market square

    Next to the town hall, the cathedral, which houses the Chagall mosaic, dating back originally to the 5th Century. The market itself is probably one of the more interesting aspects of town life

  • Place du Peyra

    As you pass Le Frene, the large ash tree planted in 1538, you enter the Port du Peyra and come across this charming square, lined with shops and restaurants, and the public fountain, which dates to the early 19th century.

  • rue des Portiques

    This street off of the Place Godeau is what remains of the original Roman road that led from Cimiez to Castellane. Be sure to check out some of the ancient wooden doors as you pass through the tunnel.

  • Chapelle du Rosaire

    Built between 1947 and 1951, this stunning little chapel lies just north of Vence, nestled on the hillside. Matisse created this masterpiece after staying in Vence to recover from an illness after the war. Nursed by the Dominican nuns, he devoted many years to this chapel as repayment for their kindness.The main chapel faces south, with yellow,...


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  • Auberge des Seigneurs et du Lion d'Or

    Place du Frene, Vence, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, 06140, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Relais Cantemerle

    258 chemin Cantemerle, Vence, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, 06140, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Miramar

    167 avenue Bougearel, Plateau Saint Michel, Vence, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, 06140, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Vence Restaurants

  • the Provencal foodie's lunch destination

    It was already busy when we got there for lunch on a hot summer day but as soon as the first dish arrived, we forgot about the heat! Everything was fresh, grown locally or caught in nearby waters. Seafood was succulent, vegetagles were crispy and the presentation was just divine even for an informal lunch. Could it be that I was in Provencal food...

  • A romantic date place

    Just outside the walls of St. Paul de Vence, this is a historic home that has been turned into fabulous little hotel and restaurant. Home to one of the greatest private collections of modern art, it's always nice to gaze at Picassos and Matisses while you're waiting for the main course. (Apparently, many a starving artist lived on the owners'...

  • Patio Pizza

    With a atmospheric terrace on the Place Clemenceau, this lovely restaurant has the best seats in town. Wood-grilled pizzas, lamb, and pasta dishes, and affordable prices, too. Pizza aux quartres fromages


Vence Transportation

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    Getting to Vence from Nice

    by vivalasteph Written Dec 3, 2003

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    Take the 400 or 410 bus from Gare Routiere in Nice to Vence and St.-Paul-de-Vence.

    The 400 is a local, making several stops on the way to Vence - the total travel time is about an hour.

    The 410 is a direct (it does stop in Cagnes) route to Vence and takes about 50 minutes.

    Both of these lines leave Nice every 25 - 30 minutes beginning at 6:55. Last bus leaves at 8:15.

    Returning from Vence, buses leave from La Place du Grand Jardin, in front of the tourist office every half hour from 6AM to 7:20PM.

    View of Vence from Cagnes

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Vence Local Customs

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    Boules for All

    by vivalasteph Written Dec 2, 2003

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    After reading about the sport of boules, and it's very 'male' inclination, I was shocked and pleased to find these ladies playing, and arguing, in the park.

    Women playing boules

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Vence Off The Beaten Path

  • Marc Chagall rest place

    At the end of that central pedestrian street there is a small chapel and the cemetery with the tomb of Marc Chagall, who lived in Saint-Paul-de-Vence the last twenty years of his life.

  • The Maeght Foundation in St. Paul de...

    If you are visiting St. Paul de Vence (and you should), take the time to climb the hill and visit the Maeght Foundation. Even if you don't like modern art, this is a marvlous place to visit. The building is a work of art and the grounds are covered with all sorts of fountains and sculptures.The permanent collection is excellent, but they often have...

  • St. Paul de Vence is a gem near Vence

    I tried doing a St. Paul de Vence Travel Page but it doesn't exist on Virtual Tourist and virtually all of the Travel Pages are mistakenly listed under St. Paul sur Ubaye up in the Alps. You only discover this if you click on the VT map so perhaps it's a good idea to avoid it and use Google maps instead.At any rate, I would consider St. Paul de...


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  • Detailed information about the region

    Please visit this website for up-to-date info, hotel and restaurant listings, events, news, weather, and more.http://www.pays-vencois.comThe site is in French and English.Find out what the locals are up to.

  • From the sea to the Alps

    Besides enjoying the calm atmosphere of the walled village itself, take in the surrounding landscape and see the tower at Portail Levis from the outside, overlooking the valley, with the dramatic snowcapped Alps in the background.

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