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Vence

Travel Guide

Situated in the department of Alpes-Maritimes, Vence will win you over with its Mediterranean climate, its beautiful religious heritage and its fine food.

Nestled between the sea and the mountains, just over 10 miles from Nice, Vence will awaken your senses with the flavours of the south, fantastic architecture, vast natural spaces, and gentle sunshine on your skin.

The history of Vence began in the "baous", the limestone mountains that give the region its rugged terrain. The caves were inhabited since the Palaeolithic and Neolithic eras and regularly occupied until the modern era. Under the influence of the Ligurians, Vence grew more powerful with the rise of Christianity and became an important episcopal town from the 4th century. During the Roman conquests, the town was turned into a small fortified town, which continued to thrive in the Middle Ages, ruled by bishops or powerful nobles.

Today, Vence is very popular destination for art and culture lovers. When you visit, you'll be following in the footsteps of great painters such as Dubuffet, Chagall and Matisse, who lived there. In addition, Chagall designed the whole interior of the Chapelle du Rosaire, which he himself considered to be his masterpiece. Other religious buildings include Nativité-de-Marie Cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, the unmistakable Chapel of the White Penitents, with its multicoloured glazed tile dome, and Notre-Dame de Larrat Chapel, to mention just a few.

Vence also boasts a remarkable natural heritage and is a real paradise for hikers, with hundreds of miles of marked paths: everything you need to discover the many sides of the Côte d'Azur. Walking along the narrow mediaeval streets of the old town is like taking a step back in time. Quench your thirst at the town's fountains, breathe in the scent of the local markets and taste the local flavours of garlic, rosemary and olive oil.

One thing's for sure: whatever's on the menu for your holiday in Vence, it'll be a feast for the senses!

Hotel La Victoire
Hotel La Victoire
4, place du Grand Jardin, Vence, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is £71 per night from 3 Aug to 3 Aug
Located in the heart of Vence, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vence Cathedral and Regional Natural Park of the French Alps. Historic Town Saint-Paul-de-Vence ...
4.3/5Excellent! (175 reviews)
"Staff were very friendly. Easy access to lots of restaurants and public transport."

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019

Hotel La Victoire
Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa - an Oetker Collection Hotel
Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa - an Oetker Collection Hotel
5 out of 5
Avenue des Templiers, Vence
The price is £553 per night from 30 Aug to 30 Aug
This family-friendly Vence hotel is located in a rural location, within 1 mi (2 km) of Regional Natural Park of the French Alps and Vence Cathedral. Fondation ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (44 reviews)
"Amazing stay from start to finish. Super friendly staff, couldn’t have been more helpful. Stunning views and delicious food. What more could you ask for!"

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2019

Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa - an Oetker Collection Hotel
La Vague De Saint Paul
La Vague De Saint Paul
4 out of 5
Chemin des Salettes, Vence, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is £133 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Fondation Maeght, Historic Town Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Regional Natural Park of the ...
4.4/5Excellent! (266 reviews)
"Nice location , good buffet breakfast , clean bedroom . Minimum staff on duty due to Covid and unfortunately spa was not available"

Reviewed on 7 Sep 2020

La Vague De Saint Paul
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Evancy Vence - Les Jardins d'Azur
Evancy Vence - Les Jardins d'Azur
Chemin de la Sine 1167, Vence
The price is £120 per night from 30 Aug to 30 Aug
Situated in a rural location, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Regional Natural Park of the French Alps and within 3 miles (5 km) of Vence Cathedral ...
4.2/5Excellent! (47 reviews)
"The only think I didn’t like was in site parking. Some people took two parking spots and it was very difficult for us to park . :(!"

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2021

Evancy Vence - Les Jardins d'Azur
Sous les Toits au Centre de Vence
Sous les Toits au Centre de Vence
40 Rue des Arcs, Vence, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
Situated in Vence, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Vence Cathedral and Regional Natural Park of the French Alps. Fondation Maeght and Historic ...
Sous les Toits au Centre de Vence
Lovely Old Stone Bastide With Private Pool, Short Drive To Beach
Lovely Old Stone Bastide With Private Pool, Short Drive To Beach
76 Chemin de la Pierre Droite, Vence, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
This family-friendly Vence villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Vence Cathedral and Regional Natural Park of the French Alps. Historic Town Saint-Paul-de-Vence and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (12 reviews)
FABULOUS PROPERTY IN A WONDERFUL LOCATION
"We had a simply fantastic time in this utterly charming villa! The property is maintained to a very high standard, with a fully equipped kitchen and extensive swimming pool. It's close proximity ( easy and pleasant walk) to Vence and other surrounding areas make this house a real gem! Clearly a property ..."

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2019

Lovely Old Stone Bastide With Private Pool, Short Drive To Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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