Area InfoVillas for rent in La Colle sur Loup
Fifteen kilometres north of Nice, set high up on the hills with fantastic views of the Mediterranean, Vence has been the inspiration for generations of famous painters: Chagall, Dufy, Matisse all painted here as did Dubuffet and Soutine who painted the oak in the village which still stands today. Restaurants abound and two have Michelin accreditation, the Jacques Maximin which has 2 stars and the well-regarded 1 star Commanderie but many others are also excellent. Much smaller, but perhaps better known is the idyllic hilltop village of St Paul De Vence, located just 2km west of Vence. St Paul abounds in the picturesque – stone archways, cobbled streets and hundred year old alleys lined with craft shops and galleries. Just outside the walled village is The Columbe d'Or, a world famous restaurant and hotel which during the last century attracted artists like Cezanne and Matisse. Those who couldn’t pay, traded paintings for their board and lodging and their works still hang in the bar today.