From the village to Fondation Maeght along an old country road

This itinerary along Chemin Sainte-Claire includes country chapels, a panoramic view of the village, plus two works by Marc Chagall highlighted as part of the "La Côte d’Azur des Peintres" itinerary.

Duration:  Approximately 30 minutes

Start: Place du Jeu de Boules, beneath the ramparts at the entrance to the village

Expert's advice

Nicole SobiéReception manager

Before setting off, drop by the Tourist Information Office and pick up a map. Or download it from the “Brochures” section on our website.

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From the Colombe d’Or hotel & restaurant, walk to the Route de Vence. Cross the road to Chapelle Saint-Claire.

Chapelle Sainte-Claire: dedicated to the patron saint of Saint-Paul's countryside. Mentioned from the 15th century, when VIP guests were greeted by village officials on the square in front of the chapel.

Climb Chemin Sainte Claire to the left of the chapel until reaching Chapelle Saint-Charles-Saint-Claude.

 

Chapelle Saint-Charles-Saint-Claude: this chapel was constructed in the 17th century. In 2012, it was adorned with new murals painted by Paul Conte, an artist from Nice. In two cycles, they depict the lives of Saint Claudius of Besançon and Saint Charles Borromée, the patron saints of the chapel's founders.

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Sit for a few minutes on the bench and admire the outstanding panorama of Saint-Paul de Vence, the hills and the Mediterranean Sea. 

On the square, take flight with the painting by Marc Chagall of a loving couple embracing above the village.

Continue climbing Chemin Sainte-Claire until you reach the Chapelle Notre-Dame des Gardettes.

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Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Gardette: this chapel, mentioned as early as the 15th century, was decorated with murals on the theme of the Virgin in the 1930s. Take another moment to revel in the magic of Marc Chagall with a second landscape, this time the table is set for an intimate meal with the village.

Continue along Chemin Sainte-Claire. To your right is the former château of the Villeneueve-Thorencs, occupied since the end of the 19th century by Passe-Prest Dominican Convent. At the crossing, cross the road and take the tarmacked road heading uphill on the left (follow the blue signs to the Fondation Maeght).

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