Vence is a beautiful and very old city, that has still the specific atmosphere of the villages of Provence, calm, poetic, slightly magic that numerous artists tried to feel and enjoy, like Matisse, Duffy, Chagall, Dubuffet and others .
Village life is centered around the market place, surrounded by numbers of cafés open very late, the place where all the events take place.
Located between sea and mountains it is also the entrance of the Provence, starting point of many discoveries.

City of Art : Vence has 30 galleries (some are not open to the public), the Nall museum and the Emile Hughes museum. A new one, the Retif museum, displays collections of modern art on more than 900 sq. metres. Matisse has left in Vence a chapel, Chagall a mosaic work in the cathedral.

Saint-Paul de Vence, 5 km away, is another city of art with the Maeght Museum, displaying pieces of Miro, Giacometti etc…

Some internet links :

Vence tourist office (go to website)

Fondation Emile Hughes (go to website)

Musée Retif (go to website)

Fondation Maeght (go to website)

Other musea in Vence or surroundings (go to website)


Vence is also a famous place for cycling, with the Col de Vence (height 900 m, 7 km), and canyon of the Loup.

Vence is also the entrance door of the Provence, with its numerous small villages like Bézaudun-les- Alpes (go to website)

or Coursegoules (go to website)

and many others.


Within one hour’s car, you will discover the national park of Mercantour, with its trekking circuits, its park of wolves etc… (go to website)

Closest Ski station resort : Gréolières les neiges, 35 km away from Vence, small station for families, which provides the only ski piste with view on the Mediterranean (go to website)

At 1 hour 30 by car, you will find the ski stations of the south-Alps, like Isola 2000 etc…. (during winter, possibility of transport by bus Vence-Isola and back in the evening). (go to website)