Vence Travel Guide

  • Vence
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Vence
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Vence
    by jorgejuansanchez

Vence Things to Do

  • 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,...


Vence Hotels

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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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