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Haut de Cagnes, Vence, St. Jeannet

in Vence

  • Preserved heritage, old stone facades, fountains and wash houses, arts and crafts, narrow, steep streets, old oil mills, chapels, panoramic views of the sea or the mountains, authentic gastronomy...

  • Discover the beautiful villages of the Nice Côte d'Azur metropolis. Start with the medieval village of Haut-de-Cagnes (17 kilometres from Nice) whose Grimaldi castle-museum proudly dominates the town. Its fortress-like silhouette contrasts with the refined interiors of the Baroque period. The Château-Musée Grimaldi is home to the Musée de l'olivier, the Solidor donation and temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.

    This district of Cagnes-sur-Mer, classified as a historic site, has...
    Discover the beautiful villages of the Nice Côte d'Azur metropolis. Start with the medieval village of Haut-de-Cagnes (17 kilometres from Nice) whose Grimaldi castle-museum proudly dominates the town. Its fortress-like silhouette contrasts with the refined interiors of the Baroque period. The Château-Musée Grimaldi is home to the Musée de l'olivier, the Solidor donation and temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.

    This district of Cagnes-sur-Mer, classified as a historic site, has retained the mystery of the strongholds of Provence. With its remarkable views over the Mediterranean and the Mercantour Massif, it is not surprising that the painters Soutine, Renoir, Modigliani and Ziem fell in love with it... It's your turn! Guided tours are available all year round. Go to the Tourist Office for more information.

    Then head for Vence...

    Surrounded by ramparts built in the 16th century, the old town centre has changed little over the centuries.

    You will discover narrow streets, medieval and Renaissance houses, squares and small squares where it is pleasant to sit down.

    Don't hesitate to visit the shops and galleries where you can admire the work of many artists. On the Place du Grand Frêne, in the Château de Villeneuve, discover the Musée de Vence-Fondation Emile Hugues which presents works by artists who lived or stayed in Vence (including Matisse).

    If you wish to combine a visit with an activity, you can then take a horse ride, walk or cycle from Vence and discover the surrounding unspoilt nature.

    Go to the Tourist Office on the Place du Grand Jardin for more information on the possibilities of walks.

    Would you prefer to stroll through another charming village? Take a step up and continue on your way for 8 kilometres. Nestling at the foot of a huge Baou - an impressive cliff - the village of Saint-Jeannet will seduce you with its houses huddled together forming a rampart around the church. The village is still dominated by a fortified castle and the ruins of a keep. The medieval village offers a breathtaking panorama and is also a paradise for climbers and hikers.

    There are also restaurants here to treat your taste buds to dinner.

    You can also go back to the seaside and walk along the Promenade des Flots Bleus and the lively port of Saint Laurent du Var where many restaurants offer a variety of cuisine. Enjoy your evening!
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