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  • Rampart West Saint Paul de Vence
  • Place de la grande fontaine

Saint Paul de Vence

Impelled by the sunlight and fertility of the land near the Mediterranean, the village of Saint-Paul was established during the 11th century.

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Saint Paul de Vence

“There was once a beautiful old village of stone.
It was shaped like a boat.
In Provence, it was called Saint Paou.”
- André Verdet

Impelled by the sunlight and fertility of the land near the Mediterranean, the village of Saint-Paul was established during the 11th century. The hilltop village became a royal city in 1418, and was known for its military and administrative importance that led to the construction during the Renaissance of its fortifications, which tower over the horizon and are listed as historic monuments.

In memory of the 20th-century painters, screenwriters, movie directors and French or international stars that have walked the city’s streets; a walk through the maze of cobbled streets is a must for visitors. Saint-Paul’s undeniably rich heritage includes its famous fountain, its collegiate church and boutchin (a boules ritual).

Breathtaking views, exceptional lighting, Provencal authenticity and bucolic terroir products make Saint-Paul a prestigious site that attracts artists, visitors and old-stone architecture enthusiasts.