This medieval village in the hinterland of Nice has always been attractive to artists for its beauty and the warm light the Côte d’Azur bathes in. Big names from the beginning of the 20th century like Signac, Dufy, and Soutine have lived here. The opening of the Maeght foundation made the town an important place for modern art.
As soon as you arrive, you will be immediately dazzled by the ramparts, the stone houses, the cobbled streets and the various fountains and tourist places that are mainly typical of the village. Built on a hill, the village enjoys a superb view of the Mediterranean Sea and the pre-Alps, which makes it even more attractive. For a pleasant camping stay in Saint Paul de Vence, be aware that the village is less than an hour from the campsite Les Pêcheurs.
During the holidays, the village of Saint-Paul de Vence welcomes many tourists and holidaymakers who come to visit the various art galleries, proof of the love that famous artists, poets and painters, who came from all over the world to find inspiration for it. If you are passionate about art, you will love this village which is an integral part of art history. The Maeght Foundation is also the place where modern and contemporary art has found a foothold. Several works by famous artists are on display, including those by Miró, Chagall and Giacometti.
In order to learn more about the history of this locality, a visit to the Museum of Local History will summarize all the paths that the city of Saint-Paul de Vence has followed to get to where it is now. You will also learn about the history of Provence.
The Collegiate Church of the Conversion of St. Paul, the Seigneuriale Tower, or the Auberge de la Colombe d'Or are also very important places in the city that deserve special attention. To visit these historical sites and monuments, you can take part in the various guided tours, specially reserved for tourists and holidaymakers.
A traditional and conservative village, Saint-Paul de Vence is also the centre of several cultural and artistic events every year. These include the oil festival in April, the Saint-Paul de Vence chamber music festival at the end of July, the Sainte-Claire festivities in August, the Harvest and Chestnut festival in October and the farmers' market every Wednesday morning of the year, on the square of the jeu de boules. All kinds of local products are on sale during this half-day. If you are in Saint-Paul de Vence during one of these events, do not hesitate to participate!