on its rocky outcrop and surrounded by its ramparts
built on the orders of Francois, St Paul is certainly
one of the most beautiful villages in Provence.
beauty of the surrounding area, quality of life and
exceptional light has inspired numerous famous artists,
painters, writers and poets, some of whom took up residence
in the village. You can find signatures from some of
these famous artists at the Fondation Maeght which has
a large collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings
and other graphic works from the XXēcentury. Walk around
the narrow and so picturesque streets of the village,
from the Porte Royale to the Porte Sud via the (pedestrianised)
and you will discover magnificent stone faŠades from
the XVI and XVIIIē centuries.
Villages : Vence ( 4 km), Cagnes
(7km), La Colle sur Loup (4km).
yourself in the maze of charming streets, the floral
exuberance of the gardens, the little shady squares,
ancient fountains, gateways and porches, or wonderful
windows and you'll see why St Paul is a favourite
subject for photographers.
some of the artists' and craft workshops or museums
or go shopping in the provenŠal boutiques (often full
of visitors in summer...) From the ramparts, wonderful
views over the surrounding hills, the French Riviera
and of course the sea. No need to repeat that the landscapes
St Paul de Vence is true to its reputation as
an exceptional and unique place...But let's not say
it too loud, St Paul is still a small village
which shouldn't be disfigured by large car parks capable
of hosting convoys of coaches!
to get there: 12 km west of Nice
and the airport.
16 km from Antibes.
26 km from Cannes.
to visit : Visit the village. The Collegiale church
and its treasure. Chapel St Mathieu.
: Fondation Maeght - paintings, sculptures, drawings,
ceramics. Local history museum. Municipal museum.
Activities : Tennis. Horse riding center. Walks.
Saints' Fetes. Exhibitions. Concerts.