“Richard Madeley’s Vence: Vence is a down-to-earth market town and, for me, the first authentically French town you come across along the coast”
By Lisa Pollen
The Telegraph, 6 OCTOBER 2014
Vence is a commune set in the hills of the Alpes Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France between Nice and Antibes.
The area is ideal for walking and cycling. Take a walk through woodland to St Paul de Vence and browse the art galleries and crafts workshops. Watch the locals play boule whilst relaxing with a coffee or a refreshing glass of Provence rose.
Or walk to Tourrettes sur Loup, the capital of the violet, which has a wonderful view over the valley.
Drive to one of the many beaches within easy reach of the villa or stay inland and visit Grasse with its world-famous Perfumeries.
Cagnes-sur-Mer is the closest beach to the villa and is a 20-minute drive
Good to know
- The south of France has always been a haven for artists
- Travel here and you’ll find the studios of Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Dufy and many more
- The Colombe d’Or restaurant with its magnificent terrace is a short drive from the villa or:
- A 40-minute walk through lovely French woodland