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Chocolate box pretty, a holiday to St Paul de Vence is an experience of cobbled streets, narrow meandering laneways and delightful local stone buildings huddled in a tumbling mass within a fortified village. Dinky and twee, the entire village is like an artist's canvas. In fact, almost every shop is an artist's gallery bedecked with paintings, sculptures, glass works, ceramics and artisan wares. Beautifully lit from within, interiors are like fairy caverns. Quirky corners with ornate fountains, stone flower troughs, stunning dry stone walls, low-slung arches and lovely doorways are features of the village where you could easily imagine Hansel and Gretel skipping along hand in hand!
St Paul de Vence is medieval and is strategic position and elevated site was considered an important border stronghold. These days, cosy restaurants serve traditional French cuisine and many offer wonderful views of the Provencal landscape from their jutting balconies. Al fresco cafes catch the atmosphere of a Riviera gem where the aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air. Enjoy your holiday in St Paul de Vence by grabbing a ringside seat in the village square to watch the locals playing boules or petanque.
Pay a visit to the iconic Colombe D'Or Hotel where Picasso and Chagall (amongst others!) used to stay and where they paid their board and lodging by donating a work of art, today proudly displayed on the hotel walls. Subjects to to St Paul de Vence in the heart of the "Back Country" of Provence are only a short hop from Nice and the Riviera coast, so you can enjoy the best of both these glamorous worlds!
Located close to the the village and well renowned for its contemporary art museums, the Fondation Maeght is an amazing gallery space and well worth a visit.
St Paul de Vence holidays are recommended for art lovers, shoppers, gourmands, sightseers and just lovers of the good things in life! You are sure to be charmed by this picturesque hamlet, a typical hilltop village from afar, but absolutely an architectural marvel and a rare jewel in the Riviera crown. Tres chic!
Aer Lingus operates direct flights from Ireland to Nice and St Paul de Vence is only a short drive away. We offer hotel accommodation in St Paul de Vence.