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Considered one of the most beautiful villages in Provence, Saint-Paul-de-Vence stands on the wooded heights of the Nice backcountry, surrounded by medieval ramparts kept nearly intact over the centuries. Famous artists such as Matisse, Modigliani, Chagall, Jean Giono, Jacques Prévert and Yves Montand brought great renown to this village, endowed with an unquestionably rich heritage.
A highly sought after tourist venue, the village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence is ideally located between Antibes and Nice, site of the prestigious Palais de la Méditerranée. A visit to the fortified village begins at the Porte Royale, leading on into tiny, cobblestone streets lined with shops, art galleries and artists' workshops. Returning up Rue Grande, close to the Pontis, strollers will discover one of the most beautiful fountains in France. The village is also home to former olive oil mills, dating from the period when growing olive trees was one of its main business activities. From the top of the ramparts, a superb panoramic view stretches out over the Nice countryside, extending from the Malvan Hills to vineyards quite close to the cemetery where Marc Chagall is buried.
Before departing, visitors can visit an authentic 14th-century wine cellar or sit on a terrace close to the Place du Jeu de Boule, made famous by such artists as Matisse, Yves Montand and Lino Ventura.