Valbonne: The beautiful old village of Valbonne with a myriad of little streets around its central square full of restaurants is practically the same as it was when it was first built in 1200, except it is now just a few kilometres away from the high technology science park at Sophia Antipolis. There is an old Valbonne museum, antique shops, art galleries and lively Friday market, but sadly it always now seems full of very loud tourists. Visit out of season!


Vence: was founded in the 9th century, and there is a wealth of cultural heritage preserved within the beautiful old rampart walls, alongside modern shops, cafes and bars. The old quarter is often alive with music and art exhibitions during the summer, and there is always a game of petanque going on in the large central square, under the shade of the sycamore trees. Well worth a visit, especially during the evening.

Fondation Maeght St-Paul-de-Vence: One of Europe's greatest modern art museums. Built in 1964, the avant-garde building boasts a touch of fantasy, topped by two inverted domes. There are works by Bonnard, Braque, Soulages, Chagall, Kandinsky, Rodin, Moore, Calder murals, Hepworth sculptures, and the fanciful fountains and colorful mosaics of Miró. A courtyard has Giacometti figures that look like gigantic chessmen.

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