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Nestled in the hills above France's iconic Cote d'Azur, St. Paul de Vence is an ideal home base from which to explore the French Riviera. While art aficionados bask in the town's creative atmosphere, foodies and sun-seekers will love its proximity to star-studded beaches - we recommend Saint-Tropez, Monte Carlo, and Cannes - world-class wineries and Michelin-starred restaurants, all just a short drive away. Known as an illustrious hideaway and source of inspiration for the likes of Picasso, Chagall and Matisse, today St. Paul de Vence enjoys a thriving gallery scene - and its pedestrian-only cobblestone streets make it an ideal place to wander.
Known for their too-good-to-be-true, handmade chocolate candies and creations, M Chocolat also makes lovely French macarons and other tasty confections. Be sure to try their chocolate mousse Trilogy cake.
Tucked away on a side street, this 14th century wine cellar is a great destination for wine lovers. Learn about wine and chocolate pairings or discover wonderful wines from various regions in France.
A peaceful mountain range located just a stone's throw away from the bustling tourist spots in the Côte d'Azur, Massif de l'Esterel is a great day hike. Or you can bike in to enjoy the fantastic views of the Ligurian Sea.
A beautiful architectural work of art, this indoor/outdoor space has become the ideal location for a modern and contemporary art museum. Opened in 1964, the museum houses sculptures and paintings by celebrated artists.
For a truly unique experience, spend time in the great outdoors with LesGeckos. The company offers canyoning, climbing and via ferrata excursions that are accommodating for all ages and experience levels.
Located in the hills of Eze, this charming garden is a great option for a lazy afternoon and features a number of exotic flora, beautiful statues and panoramic views of the beaches and sea below.
Famous for its blush pink color, rosés are one of the oldest types of wine and account for much of the wine production in Provence. There are numerous wineries and vineyards that offer tastings of this popular wine across the region.
Unlike in America, French dinners are not something to rush through. Whether formal or casual, expect dinner time to be a multi-hour affair. Also, leave the flip-flops and beach clothes at home. Diners tend to dress up for meals in the Riviera.
Knowing a few French terms beyond merci and bonjour can be very helpful. Need to ask how much? Say: Combien? Do you need directions or are looking for the restroom? Just say Excusez moi, où est… or "Excuse me, where is…"
St. Paul de Vence and Vence are great to visit year-round. However, in July and August the entire Riviera celebrates its high season. If you prefer to skip the crowds, skip the high season and visit in the fall.
“Ancient, culturally rich, walled city.” says Jeffrey Regele, Hospitality Services Manager with Inspirato. “…standing on top of the wall, you look to your right and see the sea; look to your left and see the Alps.”