Saint Paul de Vence

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About Saint Paul de Vence

Perched on a hillside, Saint Paul de Vence is one of the oldest perfectly preserved medieval towns on the French Riviera. It is particularly notable as an artist's haven since the early twentieth century. The best places to stay in Saint Paul de Vence offer an idyllic hideaway just seven kilometres from the beach and a short drive from the glamorous resorts of Cannes and Nice.

Historically, Saint Paul was considered strategically important and became a border stronghold. The impressive fourteenth century town walls bear witness to this. During the seventeenth century the beautiful St. Paul’s church was extended and the sumptuous St. Clement chapel constructed. Influential families built mansions in the town.

The opening of a tramway in 1911 transformed the town - enabling local farmers to export their produce to Nice, Antibes and Grasse and making this lovely place accessible to the outside world.

Artists discovered Saint Paul de Vence in the early 1920’s, Raoul Dufy was one of the first to come here - attracted by the light and colour. The artistic community formed a centre around the classic Colombe d’Or Hotel which is adorned with many of their works - Picasso and Chagall amongst them. In the 1950’s the town became a popular film location.

What not to Miss

  • Stroll through the historic centre of St Paul de Vence. Enter the town via the original stone 14th century Porte de Vence and end up in the the Place de L'Eglise, which is filled with ancient buildings, and a great place to stop for some refreshment and watch the world go by!
  • The town's artistic and cultural legacy lives on to this day and there are countless galleries, studios and museums to explore and enjoy.
  • There are also markets and boutiques, walks and cycle routes.

If you only plan to spend a night or two exploring the town, then we'd advise you to book a hotel in the centre of town. But if you're staying for longer and want to get out and about, then you'll be better off with one of our recommended properties in the surrounding area, from where you'll have easy access to both the beach and the charming Provencal towns and villages.

The best places to stay in Saint Paul de Vence get booked up very early during the peak summer months. So you'll need to either plan well ahead if you wish to visit in July or August, or change your dates and come in the shoulder season when the weather is still lovely, but the crowds have gone.

For a central location

  • La Maison du Frene is a renovated eighteenth century house with a vibrant decor and airy suites. The private art collection is incredible and there’s a house party feel. Just four rooms.
  • La Colombe d’Or Hotel - Steeped in history and still family run this is the original artist’s hangout. The walls are covered with paintings by Picasso, Matisse & Co. who would gift a picture in exchange for food, drink etc. The restaurant is equally renowned for its gourmet provencal cuisine. Truly unique with a laid back atmosphere. Whimsical, inspirational and a honeymoon favourite.

For Rural Chic

  • The Hotel Cantemerle and its charming restaurant are set in acres of private grounds and offer stylish rooms in old fashioned buildings. Plus gourmet restaurant, pool and spa. A lovely hideaway.
  • Le Mas de Pierre offers a luxury provencal residence with elegant rooms, set in manicured gardens with pool and terrace. A sophisticated tropical oasis, just five kilometres from the beach.
  • For a very chic hotel in the Provencal countryside book Hotel Alain Llorca. The rooms are large and elegant and feature antiques and white washed walls. Plus an intimate bar, lovely terrace and pool. The restaurant is Michelin starred and you're just seven kilometres from the Mediterranean.

    To See The Côte d'Azur

    • The Toile Blanche is a smart boutique hotel in the perfect position for exploring the region. Rooms are modern in style, there are lovely views and the restaurant won't disappoint.
    • La Grande Bastide is a gloriously luxurious eighteenth century country house with outstanding views of the coast and valley. Lovely rooms with balconies, plus a candle lit terrace and pool.

    For Deux

    • The Hotel Le Saint Paul is a very romantic medieval villa with sumptuous rooms and suites. Think Provencal decor, rooms filled with antiques and spectacular views over the Côte d'Azur. Plus a gourmet restaurant.
    • Chateau du Domain St. Martin is a fairytale chateau in the hills with stunning coastal views. There's Michelin starred dining in the restaurant, an amazing Spa and sumptuous suites with private balconies. This is a very special luxury getaway.

    For Families

    • If you're looking for something a bit different check out the Orion Tree Houses - three Quirky tree houses and one cottage offering an alternative holiday experience! The houses are all based on jungle book characters, and offer super luxury! Very intimate and tranquil and ‘back to nature’.

    For Great Value

    • Hotel le Hameau is a Provencal farmhouse conversion beside the road to Saint Paul. The 17 rooms have a simple rustic elegance, and the landscaped gardens are beautiful and fragrant with lovely walks close by. Rooms start from around €95 per night.
    • La Vague de Saint Paul is a stylish modern hotel just outside the town. The rooms are comfortable and spacious with smart ensuites and there's a recommended seafood restaurant. Rooms start form around €110 per night.

    For a self-catering Apartment or Private Villa

    • If you’d prefer to stay in a self-catering apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.

    Travel Information

    • Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport is closest, and there are excellent UK connections and links to the rest of Europe. From there it’s an easy journey by train or bus. The closest station is Cagnes our Mer.
    • If you want to hire a car - which is a good idea if you’re staying in Saint Paul de Vence and you want to see more of the Côte d'Azur - we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
    • Saint Paul de Vence has a delightful Mediterranean climate which means it’s mild and brilliantly sunny for most of the year - excepting winters which are cool and sunny. The Mistral winds keep Saint Paul de Vence from baking during the summer months, and keep the rain showers moving, so that Saint Paul de Vence gets passing showers rather than days of rain on end - October and November are the rainiest months.

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    Best Hotels in Saint Paul de Vence

    • La Vague de Saint Paul Saint Paul de Vence 50 rooms from $123

      Beach Life  -  Just five minutes from the beach, it's perfect for exploring the beautiful coastline of Cote d'Azur
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Château Grimaldi which houses some of Picasso's more obscure works.
      Local markets  -  The hotel is within eight miles of the Nice Cours Saleya and Flower Market.
      Tennis  -  Enjoy an evening game of tennis on the hotel's grass court.
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      Recommended by  -  Tablet, Great Small Hotels

      A stylish modern hotel just outside Saint-Paul-de-Vence. The comfortable and spacious rooms come with modern interiors and smart ensuite bathrooms. Luxuriate by the sublime outdoor pool and enjoy delicious seafood in the hotel's restaurant. An ideal beach-chic getaway for couples and families alike. See More

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    • La Bergerie Cote d'Azur Saint Paul de Vence (Résidence La Bergerie) 4 rooms from $128

      Back to Nature  -  On a prime hillside location between sea and mountains, a lovely serene base from which to explore the popular Riviera haunts
      Sights nearby  -  Celebrated towns such as Cannes and Nice are within easy distance, with famous sights and museums galore
      Local markets  -  Wander around local markets in the nearby villages and towns and gather ingredients for beach picnics
      Great walks  -  Explore the host of picturesque walking trails in the nearby region
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      Recommended by  -  Chambres d’hôtes de Charme CHC

      A peaceful little villa surrounded by charming gardens and a leafy pool area. Rooms are fresh and have a distinctly feminine aesthetic, with antique-style cream furniture chandeliers and floral motifs. A lovely Riviera pied-a-terre ideal for a tranquil escape. See More

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    • Hotel Cantemerle Saint Paul de Vence (Vence) 26 rooms from $156

      Hideaway  -  A chic yet peaceful hotel set between the mountains and the sea, with fragrant gardens and lovely pool.
      Spa breaks  -  A lovely spa featuring an indoor heated pool, Hammam, Massage room, solarium and an outdoor pool.
      Tennis  -  The Vence tennis club is just a few kms from the hotel.
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pools
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      Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

      Attractive hotel and restaurant set in acres of private grounds 15km inland from the coast in charming Vence. Stylish rooms in a cluster of artfully old-fashioned ochre-roofed buildings. Gourmet restaurant, bar, swimming pool and spa. A lovely place to relax and while away a few days. See More

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    • Toile Blanche Saint Paul de Vence (Saint-Paul-de-Vence) 6 rooms from $182

      Romantic Break
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Sights nearby  -  Just a short drive from Nice and Cannes.
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      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

      A serene boutique hotel in the Côte d'Azur. Affordable, modern chic rooms with lots of natural light, some with balconies, and splashes of modern art. Stunning views from the garden terrace, creative French cuisine, & a short drive from Cannes and Nice. The perfect spot to discover the region from. See More

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    • La Grande Bastide Saint Paul de Vence 14 rooms from $167

      Views  -  Stunning views towards the coast and into the valleys below.
      Romantic Break  -  Beautiful bedrooms with patios straight onto the garden.
      Sights nearby  -  Fondation Maeght, Place du Grand Jardin, Vence Cathedral and Porte du Peyra.
      Swimming Pool  -  A candle lit pool in the evenings is the perfect spot for an aperitif.
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      Charming 18th century country house with valley and coastal views. Smart rooms and suites in creams with all the mod cons and private balconies. Swimming pool, hot tub, and plenty to do at the beach. Not far from NIce, it epitomises the romance of Provence. See More

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    • La Bastide des Pins Saint Paul de Vence (06140 Vence) 3 rooms from $178

      Country Escape  -  An idyllic retreat in the cote d'azur hills, ideal for exploring stunning countryside and beaches
      Great walks  -  Located in a special spot on the Côte d’Azur where the sea meets the mountains so there are a great array of beautiful walks
      Sights nearby  -  In the local town of Vence head to the Chapelle du Rosaire, designed and decorated by Matisse and an architectural gem
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
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      Recommended by  -  Chambres d’hôtes de Charme CHC

      A charming hillside B&B with a very pretty garden and amazing views to both the mountains and the sea. Expect quaint terracotta tiling, pretty terraces and wooden beams; rooms have fine wood furniture and delicate, romantic-style bedding. A lovely rural launchpad for couples and nature lovers. See More

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    • Le Mas de Pierre Saint Paul de Vence 54 rooms from $180

      Sights nearby  -  A region filled with natural and cultural heritage. The Mas is on the outskirts of St Paul de Vence
      Tennis  -  Tennis Court opposite the hotel
      Restaurant  -  Head chef Emmanuel Lehrer
      5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
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      Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Tablet

      Luxurious Provencal residence boasting luscious manicured gardens, tropical vegetation and a relaxing pool with terrace. Rooms are elegant all with private terrace or garden. A relaxing spa, plus gourmet Mediterranean cuisine complete the picture. A tropical oasis just 5km from the beach. See More

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    • Hôtel Le Hameau Saint Paul de Vence 17 rooms from $189

      Local exploring  -  Walking distance to the medieval village of St Paul de Vence and a short drive to the many nearby villages.
      Country Escape  -  Beautiful gardens full of flowers and sundecks, soak up the Alpes-Maritimes countryside.
      Local markets  -  Vence has been a market town for centuries, head down to the picturesque square every Tuesday and Friday.
      Great walks  -  Wander the large and well landscaped gardens planted with fragrant lemon and orange trees
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      Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

      A Provencal farm conversion, beside the road to St Paul de Vence, overlooking the valley. Simple but elegantly rustic bedrooms and a large pool surrounded by beautiful fragrant gardens. a peaceful, charming haven just 15 minutes drive to the beach and a 10 minute walk to St Paul. See More

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    • La Maison du Frêne Saint Paul de Vence 4 rooms from $189

      Artworks  -  Fabulous modern art by Hockney, Arman, Gilbert and George, pop-art, as well as pastiches of Picasso and Lichtenstein.
      Local exploring  -  Perfect for following in the footsteps of the great artists who spent time here and nearby.
      Romantic Break  -  These opulent and lavish suites set the tone for romance.
      Local markets  -  The nearby towns of Biot, Tourette-sur-Loup, Valbonne as well as Vence itself hold local produce markets every week.
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      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

      Strikingly done-up 18th century house. Vibrant decoration, large airy suites and a truly amazing private art collection. House party feel and exuding plenty of character. A luxurious a chic townhouse stay and a good base for local exploring. See More

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    • Hotel le Saint-Paul Saint Paul de Vence 16 rooms from $222

      Romantic Break  -  A charming hilltop hotel with ramparts overlooking the Côte d’Azur, a flower-packed terrace and antique filled rooms.
      Local exploring  -  A medieval property set in a pretty town and just 25 minutes from Nice and Antibes.
      Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to Antibes and visit the Picasso Museum housed inside the Grimaldi castle.
      Local markets  -  On Mondays is the famous antiques market in the Cours Saleya.
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      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Good Hotel Guide

      Charming medieval villa with a gourmet restaurant and spectacular views from private terraces. Sumptuous bedrooms and suites with Provencal decoration - pastel colours, rich fabrics, and lovely views. A romantic spot for local exploring and gourmet cuisine. See More

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    • Orion Tree Houses Saint Paul de Vence (2436 Chemin du Malvan) 5 rooms from $237

      Back to Nature  -  Located in and amongst the trees you are quite literally immersed by nature.
      Swimming Pool  -  There's a natural outdoor pool for refreshing dips
      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
      Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
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      Four treehouses and a small cottage, all named after Jungle Book characters. The French owner of Orion is passionate about these unique luxurious tree houses - some have four-poster beds and other have hammocks on the private deck. Homely inside they have pebble-lined natural pool to cool off in. See More

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    • Le Mas du Chanoine Saint Paul de Vence (06570 Saint-Paul-de-Vence) 3 rooms from $267

      Romantic Break  -  Set among idyllic gardens with marvellous poolside views and elegant rooms, ideal for a couple's retreat
      Sights nearby  -  The village is great for art lovers and has many galleries, artists' studios and the famous contemporary art Maeght Foundation
      Restrictions on children  -  Children 6 and older are allowed
      Swimming Pool  -  Seasonal outdoor pool
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      A lovely B&B in a 17th-century villa, with gorgeous gardens and a pool with fabulous vistas. Rooms are spacious and decorated in warm Mediterranean tones, with rustic touches like fireplaces and wooden beams. Expect generous breakfasts, and don't miss playing a game on the floodlit boules court. See More

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    • La Colombe d'Or Hotel Saint Paul de Vence 25 rooms from $278

      Writing a novel  -  Steeped in romantic history, the hotel was an artists haven during WWII, this is an ideal property for inspiration and escapism.
      Honeymoons  -  A whimsical hotel ideal for romance, with lovely gardens, charming suites, and an indefinable mystique.
      Full of character
      House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
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      Recommended by  -  Fodors

      A family run hotel steeped in history. Unpretentious style and service lay the set for legendary art work including Picasso and Matisse. The Provençale cuisine is worthy of a visit alone and served in a laid back atmosphere. A truly unique property. 3 night min in high season See More

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    • Hotel Alain Llorca Saint Paul de Vence (La Colle sur Loup) 10 rooms from $283

      Country Escape  -  Set into the hillside, yet just 7km from the Med, offers peace and tranquility with a dash of gourmet
      Great walks  -  On the beaches west of Nice
      Sailing  -  Many schools nearby
      Sights nearby  -  Saint Paul de Vence
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      Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

      A chic hotel in the Provencal countryside. Large, elegant rooms are filled with antiques, white washed walls, and rustic furnishings. Outdoor pool, terrace, and a shady garden. Michelin starred cuisine, intimate bar. Grown-up, peaceful, gourmet. See More

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    • Château Saint-Martin & Spa Saint Paul de Vence 46 rooms from $545

      Honeymoons  -  An enchanting fariytale hotel with charming suites, private balconies with spectacular views of the sea.
      Foodies  -  There are several fantastic restaurants including the Michelin starred Saint Martin.
      Tennis  -  Enjoy a game of tennis on the hotel courts, the perfect way to pass the morning.
      Sights nearby  -  Close to the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, a church designed by Henri Matisse.
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      Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Fodors

      A fairytale chateau in the hills, with coastal views. Boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant and luxury spa. The classically sumptuous suites with balconies and private villas encapsulate French country chic. Luxury and tranquillity with fine dining. See More

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