Vence tourism and travel guide

Photo of Vence in Alpes-Maritimes

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

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.

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Saint-Paul-de-Vence at 3 km and Tourrettes-sur-Loup at 4 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Vence, France: places to visit and attractions

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.

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


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Alpes-Maritimes

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

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)
  • Palais Carnolès (32km)
  • La citronneraie (32km)
  • Serre de la Madone (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

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

Vence is in the south-east of France. 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