Hello, everyone! It’s me Marimonda! Today, let’s go to #Saint Paul de Vence, a lovely village where you can go for a day trip from Nice.
Saint Paul de Vence is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department near Nice. It’s one of the oldest medieval towns like èze. The village is famous for art galleries all around the alleys. With its breathtaking view and peaceful atmosphere, the town was loved by many artists, such as Marc Chagall and Henri Révy.
Riding in the bus 400 from Nice, it takes about 1 hour to get to Saint Paul. The bus passes by other small villages where you can access to the beaches in Alpes-Maritimes area ( e.g. Cagnes-sur-Mer, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, La Colle-sur-Loup). If you wish, you could hop off the bus and enjoy the beach. When you take the bus, try to get a right side of the bus (not the driver’s side, but the door side) to enjoy the best scenery of Saint Paul de Vence when the bus goes up a hill later. You’ll see a village far away on the hill, you’re almost arrived. Even if you missed the scene, don’t worry. You’ll have another opportunity when you come back to Nice. Most passengers in the bus will take off at Saint Paul stop like you. At the bus stop, walk toward an alley where L’occitane and a pharmacy are or just follow the others like I did. Then you’ll see the entrance of the village.
When I visited there like three weeks ago, it seemed to be more tourists than local residents. The village is quite small, so you can look around it within 2-3 hours. Everything seemed very slow and tranquil as if the time stopped in Saint Paul de Vence. In the beginning, the town looked nothing in particular and I didn’t get any significant impression. After seeing the view from the observatory in the town, however, I understood why Chagall felt in love with this small commune. I couldn’t take my eyes off from the scene , a mixture of colors of nature. Believe me, it looks much better in real.
Walking around the town, you might lose track of the time. But it’s okay, you can forget about the time here. The village’s cemetery is also one of the tourist spots. It is located at the end of the town. You would be able to find the Marc Chagall’s tomb and the one of Maeght who was a rich art collector. A map is provided at the entrance, so it wouldn’t be that difficult to find them. Even if you don’t see the map, you could find the tomb of Marc Chagall easily since there are many name rocks on it.
Don’t miss out the Maeght Foundation where you can enjoy contemporary art pieces. It’s 20 mins away by foot from Saint Paul de Vence. Or you can use a ticket azur which allows one correspondence within 2 and half hour to drop by the Maeght Foundation or vice versa.
The Only thing to be careful in this village is the timetable of the bus #400. A bus runs every 30 to 50 minutes, and the last bus departs around 7 p.m.(mon-fri. 7.15 p.m. from Vence, weekend and holidays 7:30 p.m.) which is relatively early especially during the Summer. It would be better to check the time for the bus before and be on time at the bus stop.
Happy Travel and see you again 🙂