Saint-Paul-de-Vence is a small city located in the southeast of France in Provence. The name of this city can be pronounced in many different ways, but it will still remain a picturesque medieval village in Cote d'-Azur. It’s located on the hill and surrounded by an ancient fortress wall. It’s a home for 3,500 local citizens.
Nice is located within a stone throw. The capital of French Riviera can be reached in less than thirty minutes. There’s a direct bus between two cities, while the famous Cagnes-sur-Mer resort is located in less than 15 minutes from here. The ride to the picturesque Antibes cape will take only 35 minutes, while the nearest beach can be found in less than 8 km from the city, which is less than 20 minute by car.
Any route around Cote d'-Azur has to include a visit to the ancient village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. It has a unique atmosphere, and you can witness it with your own eyes…
History of Saint-Paul-de-Vence
This remote village could stay out of the interest of the tourists unless it had such interesting history. Astonishing sceneries of this place attracted the most famous artists during the 20’s of the previous century, converting this medieval village into the city of artists.
France is a home for the most talented artists. The most famous of them decided to go to Saint-Paul-de-Vence for new views and inspiration. Van Gogh, Matisse, Bonnard, Cocteau, and Leger were among them. Artists stayed in Hotel de la Colombe d`Or and paid for their services with their own paintings and works. Paintings can be found in the restaurant and the hotel even today, attracting the real fans of the modern art.
Tours to Saint-Paul-de-Vence became really popular in the 50’s. The famous poets, celebrities, actors, writers, and aristocrats were always here. Local houses were frequently visited by Sophia Loren, Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Bert Lancaster… Local streets, squares, and markets were full of rich and good looking tourists. They were walking around talking about the latest news and relaxing in nature. Marc Chagall moved to this place at the end of his life. His grave can be found in the local cemetery.
What interesting can be found in Saint-Paul-de-Vence?
Almost every single building in Saint-Paul-de-Vence is an ancient mansion, a restaurant, a gallery or a luxurious villa. People prefer to walk here, visiting local antique and souvenir shops, cafes and handicraft workshops. However, there are several unique attractions worth your visit.
One of them is Foundation Maeght. This is a museum of arts located in a picturesque forest in less than a kilometer from the city. The second one is the Chapel of the Rosary. This is a snow-white chapel created in accordance with the drawings by Matisse. One shall also visit the Chapel of White Penitents, the main square of the city with a fountain, and take a photo with Van Gogh monument created by Bruno Catalano.
In case if you are lucky enough to have a holiday in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, be sure that you will see the best part of French Riviera. Everything is really close, and the weather is simply adorable throughout the year. During your holiday you will be able to see the entire city, visit all the suburbs, and take a lot of pictures and videos about your holiday in Cote d'-Azur. After getting back home you can write a lot of memorable reviews about the best places in France.