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Summary

Located in the foothills of the French Riviera, between Nice and Antibes Vence has preserved its historic centre, surrounded by ramparts, narrow lanes and shady squares, lulled by the whisper of the fountains. The ancient city gave birth over the years to a vibrant modern town with elegant residential areas enjoying stunning views over the countryside and the Mediterranean sea.

Location

  • 38 min from Nice centre
  • 20 min from Nice airport
  • 30 min from Sophia Antipolis
  • 15 min to the beach

History

The city was born 2,000 years ago with its monuments, buildings and works of art that reflect different eras and many artists. The historic part of Vence is located in the heart of a medieval wall dating from the 13th century, completely preserved. The bustling city center is therefore rich in history.

Surroundings

With its microclimate, its hills of olive trees and scents of lemons and oranges, its lush gardens scented with thyme and lavender, Vence is an ideal place to put down your suitcases and create a home for your family. The village has primary, secondary and high schools and properties of character for a main or secondary house are easily found here.
High above the town of Vence, the roads lead to the passes taking visitors to the mountains. Here the air has an alpine freshness, the landscape is rugged and the views amazing.

Lifestyle

Once in the town square, lose yourself in the cobbled streets, admire the ”Place du Peyra Renaissance” and its mythical fountain, continue past the historic Gothic mansion of the ”Godeau and Thiers Squares”.
Find the Friday Provencal market at the Clemenceau Square, a market where craftsmanship is omnipresent with masses of fresh regional products.
Stimulate your taste buds, and discover one of the multitude of small restaurants scattered around the pretty squares of old Vence.

Irresistible

Les Nuits du Sud - The Southern nightsAn event of sharing, of diversity and unforgettable encounters, this Vence Festival is an opportunity for the entire City to present the cultural richness of the Côte d´Azur.
With les Nuits du Sud, Vence has become a legend amongstthe great Riviera festivals and the Grand Jardin Park is transformed every summer into a magical stage swirling with enthusiasm and emotion.
The festival taking place in July, brings together an audience of connoisseurs loyal to Vence, appreciating the talents of tomorrow and international stars of today sharing moments of exceptional music.

Activities / tourism

  • Nativity-of-Our-Cathedral
  • The Villeneuve castle
  • Chapel of the Rosary of the Dominicans 1951
  • Chapel of the White Penitents
  • Sainte-Elisabeth Chapel
  • The Columns of the Marseillais.
  • Boursac mill
  • Important prehistoric and ancient remains
  • Neolithic burial place of Baou-des-Blancs

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