St Paul de Vence France is a medieval fortified village. It is located on rocky hills between the valleys.
This is a place which still preserves the atmosphere of the Middle Ages.
How to travel to Saint Paul de Vence France
The village of Saint Paul de Vence is located not far from the Mediterranean sea in France. If you look at the map you will see that it can be reached from French Riviera.
Distance from Saint – Paul to Nice is 20 km, to Cannes – 27 km, to Cagnes sur Mer – 7 km and 17 km to Antibes.
Travel to Saint Paul by plane, train and car
Nice airport is the closest one to the village. You can take bus number 400 from Terminal 1, Aeroport Promenade bus stop. There is a shuttle bus from Terminal 2 to get to Terminal 1. Bus #400 departs every 30 – 45 minutes. Trip
Also you can book taxi in advance or get one upon arrival to Nice airport. There is always a number of taxi cars waiting for the clients at the exit from the airport.
Trip by car from the airport of Nice to the village will take about one hour.
If traveling to Saint Paul by car you would need to take motorway A8, then follow signs to La Colle sur Loup. The village is located about 15 minutes from the motorway, between Vence and La Colle sur Loup.
If your plan is to travel by train you would need Cagnes sur Mer station and then take bus number 400.
What makes St Paul de Vence special place of France?
St Paul de Vence village is surrounded by a stone wall, erected according to the order of Franzysk I, in 1537-1547.
Entering the village through the King’s Gates you will be lost in a number of tiny narrow streets. There is a shop or some art house, or an exhibition, and surely flowers in every window.
On one of the squares of Saint Paul de Vence there is a famous Grand Fountain with open baths for washing.
Even though Saint Paul de Vence is not big, there are world known places, like Hotel de la Colombe d’Or, where famous celebrities were staying.
Now the hotel has become a museum, representing the paintings of Bonner, Vlamink, Utrillo, Braque, Matisse and others.
An interesting museum of music instruments is located nearby. The oldest piece of exhibition dates 1750.
There is also a museum of local history with wax figures.
Artful streets of St Paul de Vence village
Cemetery of St Paul de Vence used to be a meeting place for decision makers. Representatives of the communes were gathering here to discuss and agree on major activities in the past.
The cemetery is now the last resort for famous people, who lived in the village. For example famous painter, Marc Chagall, is buried here. He lived in St Paul de Vence village during 1966 – 1985. For 20 years he was creating here stunning landscapes and depicting life of local people.
St Paul de Vence cemetery
Leisure activities and entertainments in Saint Paul de Vence
Tourists preferring active sports will not be disappointed by a number of options in the village: horse riding, golf, biking, walking around exploring the country side.
The tourists who love shopping will find plenty of cozy shops to select marvelous souvenirs and clothes produced locally.
Also there are guided tours and wine tours.
Old town of Nice is another popular tourist spot in French Riviera to discover.
Saint Paul de Vence France on the map: