Staying in a Riviera Pebbles Rental Apartment in St-Paul-de-Vence
Tourists and locals flock to this medieval village advantageously perched overlooking the sweeping Riviera coastline. If you decide to stay in one of our villas in St-Paul-de-Vence, you can immerse yourselves in this gorgeous little village every day of your holiday.
St-Paul-de-Vence enjoys an enviable view and its inland location makes the perfect change of scenery from the coastal landscape. It is the perfect mix of picturesque Provencal beauty and culture. If you choose one of our holiday rental Villas in St-Paul you’ll enjoy the tranquillity of a smaller town but won’t be short of things to do. St-Paul is a hub of cultural activities, so you’ll have plenty to visit right on your doorstep.
The village of St-Paul dates back to the 11th century when it was dominated by its now inexistent castle and its medieval ramparts. Traces of its history still remain much to the delight of its visitors. It is a village well known for its artistic heritage, the beautiful landscapes surrounding St-Paul having inspired many an artist and an enclave of art galleries and museums can be found around the quaint cobbled streets.
St-Paul is especially known as one of the homes of Russian artist Marc Chagall. His work can be seen at the Fondation Maeght and visitors can follow his footsteps on a guided tour of some of the spots that most inspired him. There are also many other interesting guided tours including the heritage of St-Paul and other artists who share a passion for this village and region. All these tours can be booked from the Tourist Information office and are available in several different languages.
The Fondation Maeght is a well known modern art museum and holds close to 9000 works of modern art featuring artists such as Miro, Giacometti and Kandinsky. Designed by Spanish architect Jose-Luis Sert, its gardens and special exhibitions make it a unique must see for any guest who enjoys modern art. It is open from July – September 10am – 7pm and October to June 10am – 6pm. (+33 (0)4 93 32 81 63 www.fondation-maeght.com )
If you’re left wanting more, head to the Musée de St-Paul (2 Rue Grande 04 93 32 86 95), here, some perhaps lesser known artwork awaits you.
If the museums aren’t for you, you can still enjoy St-Paul’s artistic side and browse the many art galleries; you may even find a masterpiece of your own to take home.
Shopaholics will enjoy the stylish, individual boutiques that line the cobbled streets of St-Paul’s village. Far from the high street bustle you’ll find in Nice or Cannes, St-Paul offers a totally different shopping experience. Handmade and local produce are dominant including objects for the home, perfumes, jewellery and clothes.
Foodies shouldn’t miss out on the speciality food shops stocking the regions’ quality produce. Wine, olive oil and herbs are all locally sourced, making great souvenirs or gifts to enjoy while you’re here or to take home with you.
Wine enthusiasts should schedule a trip to one of the local vineyards or choose a bottle with the help of a local sommelier at La Petite Cave de Saint Paul, which offers a wide selection of wines, specialising in rare wines from the region. (7 rue de l'Étoile 04 93 32 59 54)
For cooking in your St-Paul villa, you’ll most likely want to visit one of the village’s markets.
Yvette’s market stall provides fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. On Wednesday morning fresh Mediterranean produce takes centre stage on Place du Jeu de Boules.
If cooking isn’t your idea of a holiday, no need to worry, visitors to St-Paul are spoilt for choice, the village boasts some excellent restaurants, including the Michelin starred Restaurant le Saint Paul (04 93 32 65 25) or for something more relaxed there are several pizzerias, salons de thé and traditional Provencal restaurants.
If you’ve overdone it on the regions food and wine, why not treat yourself to a day at a top class spa? For the ultimate relaxation get pampered Riviera-style at one of the luxurious local hotel spas such as the Spa Neocea Daniel Jouvance at the Mas d’Artigny. A real taste of the high-life!
St-Paul is easily accessible from Nice by bus or by car. Many guests tell their day spent in this picturesque village is one of the highlights of their stay here.