St-Paul-de-Vence lies in the department of Alpes Maritimes between Nice and Antibes. St-Paul- de-Vence is like Vence one of the pearls of the hinterland. It is easy to understand the interest that is accorded to both St-Paul and Vence, situated close to each other, by the way. Both towns have a big historical appeal, and the region has, for a long time, been a flourishing cultural centre.
Activities in St-Paul-de-Vence
Restaurants: Auberge de Colombe d’Or.
Fêtes et animations estivales (Festivity).
Guided tours in the town.
Golf –There are lots of golf courses in the department of Alpes Maritimes. Most of the courses can be found on the French golf union’s website. Unfortunately the website is in French. Seek under Guide de golfs and then under the region Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur: http://www.ffgolf.org/#
Ski resorts within easy travelling distance: http://www.skifrance.fr/default-a.htm
Sights in St-Paul-de-Vence
Chapelle St Mathieu.
Musée de Saint Paul.
Museum: Fondation Maeght – paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics. One of the world’s finest museums for modern art: http://www.maeght.com/intro.htm - http://www.fondation-maeght.com/ - (Tel: +33 (0)4 93 32 81 63)
St-Paul-de-Vence is said to be France’s most visited tourist attraction after Mont St.
St-Paul-de-Vence is one of the most beautiful and picturesque villages in the area.
It is also one of the medieval villages, most intact. Everything is so well kept. Nothing falls into decay. It is overwhelming. St-Paul-de-Vence is enclosed by town walls built in 1536, all intact. A walk along the walls is a great opportunity to enjoy the marvellous surroundings and the little villages beneath St.Paul.
St-Paul-de-Vence is an artists’ town.
It is here one can find, Auberge Colombe d’Or, one of the most famous restaurants in the south of France. The original owner, Paul Roux, was a passionate art lover. When he opened the restaurant in 1920, lots of poor and unknown artists like Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Paul Cézanne, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Colette and Jacques Prévert came here to eat, drink and have a nice time with each other. Everybody felt attracted to the place, but they could not always pay the bill. Instead they left a drawing or a painting. Or Paul Roux exchanged food and lodgings for a drawing or a painting. He often bought works of the artists. Everything he bought got in exchange or received as presents hang in the restaurant. It is one of the finest private collections from the 20th century. Auberge Colombe d’Or is an outstanding and highly exclusive eating place.