Vence tourism and travel guide

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Visit Vence: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: After exploring the walled historic centre of Vence you can take a stroll to the nearby Matisse Chapel

Vence is situated in the Alpes-Maritimes department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Vence. For detailed visitor information see the Vence travel guide.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Vence in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Popular places to visit nearby include Saint-Paul-de-Vence at 3 km and Tourrettes-sur-Loup at 4 km.

Vence, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Fondation Maeght

Fondation Maeght

Museum at 2 km (direction south)

The Fondation Maeght art gallery in Saint-Paul-de-Vence features works by famous modern artists such...

See Fondation Maeght guide


at 3 km (direction south-south-east)

On of the highlights in the pretty village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence is the famous Museum...

See Saint-Paul-de-Vence guide


at 4 km (direction west)

It is the medieval centre and the lovely views that will attract you to...

See Tourrettes-sur-Loup guide


Seaside resort at 7 km (direction south-south-east)

If you visit the resort and beaches of Cagnes-sur-Mer be sure to also explore...

See Cagnes-sur-Mer guide
Le Bar-sur-Loup

Le Bar-sur-Loup

at 10 km (direction west)

An attractive village with ruins of a castle and fortified walls, and surrounded by...

See Le Bar-sur-Loup guide


at 10 km (direction south-south-west)

The arcacded houses around Place des Arcades are the start of your visit to...

See Biot guide


Most Beautiful Village at 11 km (direction west)

Gourdon is practically the archetypal Provencal village, unmissable by you and by the many...

See Gourdon guide


at 12 km (direction west-south-west)

Opio is a tiny village in the hills, with very far-reaching views...

See Opio guide


at 12 km (direction south-west)

Very quiet when we visited, we found Valbonne to be an almost undiscovered small...

See Valbonne guide


at 13 km (direction east)

One of the largest towns in France, Nice is also the most visited resort...

See Nice guide
Valmasque Parc

Valmasque Parc

at 15 km (direction south-west)

Valmasque Parc is a tranquil park of trees and picnic areas...

See Valmasque Parc guide


at 16 km (direction south)

One of the most picturesque towns on the Riviera, Antibes also has a very...

See Antibes guide


at 16 km (direction east)

The small harbour town of Villefranche-sur-Mer is in one of the loveliest positions on...

See Villefranche-sur-Mer guide


at 17 km (direction south-west)

You will want to pause several times to admire the views across Cannes Bay...

See Mougins guide

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Arrange a visit to Vence

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Map of places to visit near Vence


Markets in and near Vence

Market days in Vence: weekly market: Tuesday & Friday;

  • Vence: market Tuesday & Friday (0km)
  • Cagnes-sur-Mer: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Friday (7km)
  • Saint-Laurent-du-Var: market Tuesday & Sunday (8km)
  • Carros: market Saturday (9km)
  • Valbonne: market Tuesday & Thursday & Friday (12km)
  • Nice: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday all day & Sunday & Saturday & Friday (13km)
  • Antibes: market Wednesday & every day except Monday (16km)
  • Villefranche-sur-Mer: market Saturday (16km)
  • Mouans-Sartoux: market Tuesday & Thursday (16km)
  • Vallauris: market Wednesday & Sunday & Friday (17km)

More information about Vence, Provence

Tourist attractions near Vence, France

What to do at Vence? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Vence.


  • Marineland d'Antibes (12km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Trophy of Augustus (23km)
  • Frejus Cathedral cloisters (44km)
  • Saorge Monastery (46km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de Lerins (Cannes) (21km)
  • Eglise de St Raphaël (Saint-Raphael) (43km)
  • Cathédrale Saint Léonce (Frejus) (44km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Le Vallon du Brec (10km)
  • Jardin botanique (12km)
  • Jardin botanique de la villa Thuret (16km)
  • Jardin de la Villa Fort de France (17km)
  • Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild (18km)
  • Parc du château de la Napoule (26km)
  • Serre de la Madone (32km)
  • Palais Carnolès (32km)
  • La citronneraie (32km)
  • Arboretum Marcel Kroenlein (41km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Baou de Saint-Jeannet (4km)
  • Cascade de Gairaut (12km)
  • Tete de Chien (23km)
  • Grottes de Saint-Cezaire (26km)
  • Cirque du Gelas (49km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc Phœnix (10km)
  • Parc zoologique du Cap Ferrat (17km)
  • Parc zoologique de Fréjus (41km)

Geography and distances

Vence is in the south-east of France at 13 kilometres from Nice, the department capital (general information: Vence is 678 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Vence

Canton: Vence

Arrondissement: Grasse

Department: Alpes-Maritimes

Region: Provence

Postcode: 0

Distance to Vence

from Nice (prefecture): 13 km

from Paris: 678 km

from Calais: 895 km

from Nice: 13 km

from Bordeaux: 624 km

from Strasbourg: 543 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into Nice airport. Coming from the UK by car the route takes about 12 hours (can be busy in summer). For driving distances to Vence from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 7 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Gattieres, La Colle-sur-Loup, La Gaude, Saint-Jeannet, Saint-Paul, Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Tourrettes-sur-Loup.

This page in French: Visiter Vence