Making the trip to the French Riviera is something everybody should do once in their lives. With picturesque cities, beautiful views and a gorgeous climate, paradise doesn’t get any closer than this. The town of Vence – located on the top of a mountain just miles away from cities like Nice and Cannes – is one of the oldest along the French Riviera and has a rich history. If you are planning a vacation to this area in the southeast of France, here is an itinerary for you to consider over the course of a day in Vence.
To make your stay the best it possibly can be, you will want to pick an ideal hotel for the trip. The best hotel in the area – according to our preferences and a wide array of reviews – is Chateau Saint Martin & Spa. It is here that you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area from your balcony while surfing the web thanks to the complimentary Wi-Fi. With excellent breakfast options and a concierge on-site, you have to do nothing but roll out of bed to get your day started. If you just want to walk around, the hotel has a fairly large premise on which to lounge and enjoy the natural scenery.
What trip to the French Riviera would be complete without a wine tour? We recommend visiting Azur Wine Tours, located on Chemin de Sainte Colombe. With English-speaking tour guides and a variety of tours offered across Provence, you will be able to simultaneously take in a beautiful countryside while sampling some of the finest wines in the world. You can choose to make an entire day or this or to take a local tour that lasts for a couple of hours.
The best place to see a modern example of art and religion is the Chappelle du Rosaire, which was built by Henri Matisse in the late 1940s. The rather plain exterior gives way to one of the most gorgeous modern religious structures ever built. It was designed for Dominican nuns and Matisse even designed the priests’ robes. You’ll be able to enjoy structural art combined with religious inspiration in this tiny temple. This is a great way to spend an hour or so in the town and costing just 4 euros per person, is an affordable way to learn about a unique part of the town.
It’s obvious that a day on the French Riviera has to involve cuisine. The most popular restaurant in the town is La Cassolette, which offers a personal dining experience with great food. You will want to make reservations; the seating in the restaurant only allows for about 20 people at a time in the cooler months (outside terrace seating is also available in the spring and summer). Serving lunch and dinner, you can be sure to enjoy the all-French menu at any time of the day and in a rustic, small setting that really adds a great vibe to your lunch or dinner.
If you are planning on staying in the area for a while check out the wide selection of Vence apartments before you travel. The Owner’s Direct website is a great place to start your search.
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