advertisement

Perched at the top of the village, the Collégiale de la Conversion de St-Paul was constructed in the 12th and 13th centuries and has been much altered over the years. The Romanesque choir is the oldest part, containing some remarkable stalls carved in walnut in the 17th century. Look to the left as you enter: You’ll see the painting “Ste-Cathérine d’Alexandrie,” which has been attributed to Tintoretto. The Trésor de l’Eglise is one of the most beautiful in the Alpes-Maritimes, with a spectacular ciborium. Look also for a low relief of the “Martyrdom of St-Clément” on the last altar on the right. It’s open daily 9am to 6pm (to 7pm July–Aug). Admission is free.

Just around the corner is the light-flooded Chapelle des Pénitents Blanc (tel. 04-93-32-41-13). The artist Jean-Michel Folon, who worked on this unmissable masterpiece until his death in 2005, decorated the church with stained-glass windows, shimmering mosaics, and rainbow-hued frescos. It’s open April to September daily 11am to 1pm and 3 to 6pm, and October to March daily from 2 to 5pm. Admission is 3€ adults, 2€ students and children 6 to 18, and free for children 5 and under.

With advance booking, the local tourist office offers 10 different walking tours of the town’s historic core and outskirts. Themed tours (5€, free for children under 12) last around an hour and a half. They include following in the footsteps of former resident Marc Chagall, trying your hand at the beloved Provençal pastime of pétanque (also known as boules) under the instruction of accomplished locals, or guided tours of the Fondation Maeght. Almost all tours are given in both English and French.

 

 

In nearby La Colle sur Loup, culinary legends Alain and Jean-Michel Llorca offer cooking workshops for adults and children at their Ecole de Cuisine (www.alainllorca.com; 60€–170€ per person). Lessons are in French and English and are often followed by an informal dinner.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.