Welcome to... St Paul de Vence

Saint Paul de Vence is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in France with its spectacular setting and outstanding views.

The brilliant light quality of the area has, over the years, attracted a large number of artists, the great ones being Matisse, Soutine, Chagall, Renoir, Signac, Modigliani, and Dufy. Poets and writers also flocked to the village enjoying the benefits and privileges of a French lifestyle. With this artistic heritage it is little wonder that there are a number of superb museums and art galleries. The rich and famous of France have always considered Saint Paul de Vence a perfect retreat and later, it became the turn of film directors and actors, the like of Yves Montand, Lino Ventura, Simone Signoret, Romy Schneider, Roger Moore and Tony Curtis.

There is art everywhere in Saint Paul de Vence, from the imposing ramparts of the village, rearing out over the Provençal countryside, to the main fountain at its centre, one of the famous in France. Walk down the street between Porte Sud and Porte Royale and you will see a number of gloriously carved stone façades from the16th-18th centuries. Follow in the footsteps of Picasso and Matisse and visit the restaurant, where they dined regularly, to see a series of their works. The beauty, location and appeal of Saint Paul de Vence owes much to its history.

The village was founded in the 9th century with the Saint Paulo, the château of Saint Paul, dominating its surroundings. Of this castle, only the dungeon survives today. In the Middle Ages Saint Paul became a city worthy of note after the Count of Provence granted many privileges and franchises, and formed a market. The Queen subsequently established the right to use the waters of the Malvan. She is said to have had a romantic dalliance with her page, named Aubépin (meaning hawthorn in English), later stabbing him to death. From that day, a hawthorn bush bearing red flowers marks the very spot. Ramparts as a means of fortification were built around Saint Paul de Vence in the Renaissance period but were abandoned, and, in 1872 were purchased by the mayor of the commune. He deemed them of public importance and today they are a listed monument. Rising up towards the light, the ramparts cast their munificent gaze across the expansive horizon. Today, the flower growing industry surrounds Saint Paul and the weekly flower markets are a delight and favourite attraction for residents and tourists alike.

Saint Paul de Vence is a popular location for those wishing to purchase a second home in the south of France.  Smaller and less populated than some of its more famous siblings it never the less is a truly inspiring part of the region, walk around the narrow cobbled streets of the village and you could not fail to feel the history of the place. Take in the floral delights of the gardens and diminutive shady squares and delight in the peace and serenity.

Things To Do In St Paul de Vence

You don't really need to visit museums or attractions in St Paul de Vence to take in the history of the city, as the city itself is historically beautiful in its own way. The place is surrounded by walls of the medieval fortress which was built in the 1400s. Within the walls sit canons which are very a reminder of the past. The walls that encompass the city are also filled with art and statues which are an amazing sight to behold.

La Colombe d'Or - This was once a rustic inn but is now a high class restaurant and hotel which serves delicious food in breathtaking surroundings. The hotel actually houses some works of art by none other than Picasso and Matisse, among others. It is definitely recommended to stop by for a relaxing meal, or you could even take a tour of the museum to gaze at the art that adorns the walls of the building.

Fondation Maeght - This museum sits on top of the village and is home to some incredible pieces of art. This particular museum is a working one, which makes it incredibly interesting as the artists live and work on site. If you step outside of the museum you will witness fabulous views of the village of St Paul de Vence. The garden outside also has many awe-inspiring sculptures for you to see. The museum is €15 and is open throughout the year. If you are a lover of the artistic workings of Matisse, then this is the museum for you.

Musée de Saint-Paul Saint-Paul museum is situated within a 16th century authentic stone house, which you will find once you have entered through the gateway to the village. The museum showcases contemporary art and also hosts temporary exhibitions by artists who have marked the history of the village. These artists are people like Marc Chagall, André Verdet and Jacques Prévert.

The Folon Chapel - You will be able to admire the famous design work of Jean-Michel Folon by visiting this chapel. Discover how the artist made strong links with Saint-Paul over thirty years and gaze at his stained glass designs, sculptures and beautiful conception of art.

The White Penitents' Chapel was Jean-Michel Folon's last design project before his death in 2005. It is also the last chapel to have been decorated by an artist.

Local History Museum - The local history museum marks the history of St Paul de Vence where historical figures such as King François I, Vauban and Queen Jeanne have gathered. You will witness wax dummies dressed in period costume which have been manufactured by the Musée Grévin in Paris.

This museum is a fun and educational attraction to take your children.

St Paul de Vence Schools

International School of Nice - This school is a secular, accredited, co-educational school and teaches children from pre-kindergarten to Grade 12. The International School of Nice has served the international community of the French Riviera Since its establishment in 1976. The school is a mere 20 minutes drive in the car from St Paul de Vence and worth the journey for the excellent educational facilities it provides.

Travelling To St Paul de Vence

By car - If you take the A8 motorway you exit at number 47 Villeneuve Loubet, Cagnes sur Mer, Vence from Marseille; or exit number 48 Cagnes sur Mer, Vence from Nice. St Paul de Vence is located between La Colle sur Loup and Vence, just 15 minutes from the motorway.

By air - Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is the closest airport to St Paul de Vence. From the airport, it takes around 20 minutes to get to St Paul de Vence. You can catch the number 400 bus from the airport promenade or you could drive.

By train - The nearest train station is in Cagnes sur Mer. You must then take the number 400 bus from Cagnes to St Jean de Cap, or you could travel by car. The journey will take you around 15 minutes.

By bus - If you go from Nice city centre you must get the number 400 bus, which will take you directly to St Paul de Vence and take around 30 minutes. The buses usually come every 30-45 minutes from Nice city centre.

Properties In St Paul de Vence

Estate Net France offers a wide range of properties for sale or lease in Saint Paul de Vence; whether your preference is a secluded luxury villa with landscaped gardens, pool, and spectacular views, a modern apartment centrally situated incorporating the most up to-date amenities and facilities, or a stone built château of charm and character, our representatives are here to advice and assist you in your search.

Investment opportunities in the area are excellent and would enhance any property portfolio. Estate Net France also provides a comprehensive property management and maintenance service.

Places Close to St Paul de Vence

After experiencing the beauty and charm of St Paul de Vence, why not visit nearby places such as Tourettes sur Loup or Nice. There is so much to see and do on the French Riviera that you are spoilt for choice.

Contact

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