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Last updated: 08 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

Set in a sublime garden amid playful mosaics, fountains and sculptures by Calder, Giacometti, Pol Bury and Tal Coat, the Maeght Foundation is itself a masterpiece.

Designed in 1964 by Josep Lluis Sert, a student of Le Corbusier, this striking building’s luminous white rooms are filled with natural light – the ideal setting for bold, colour-packed art by the likes of Braque, Chagal, Leger, Bonnard and Miro.

Outside, there’s a sculpture garden, with rotating works by world-renowned sculptors such as Jean Arp, Eduardo Chillida, Erik Dietman, Barbara Hepworth and Joan Miro.

Kids will love the garden with its Miro maze and Pol Bury fountain.

While you’re there 

The character-filled, medieval village of Saint Paul de Vence is one of the oldest in the South of France, and arguably the loveliest of all the ‘perched’ villages. It’s long been a haven for famous actors, film stars, and artists (including Picasso, Matisse and Chagall).

The Maeght Foundation is one of many top-notch modern and contemporary art museums located here, albeit the biggest and the best.

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Price from: £14
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

St-Paul-de-Vence is a half-hour drive outside of both Nice and Antibes. The Foundation is up the hill just before the entrance to St-Paul-de-Vence. If you’re staying in Nice but don’t have a car, you can take the Nice–Vence bus (No.400), which makes two stops in St-Paul – get off at the first one, Village-Fondation Maeght, turn left from the roundabout and walk uphill. By car, just follow the signs as you come into the village.

Guided tours with a local guide are available by prior arrangement, for an additional fee.

After sufficient perusing, have drinks or coffee at the Foundation’s Café, surrounded by art.

When to do it

The museum is open year-round, seven days a week.

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Fondation Maeght Admission Ticket

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Welcome to The Fondation Maeght France's first art foundation opened in 1964 on the French Riviera. Masterpieces by Joan Miró, Alberto Gia...

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Hotel Les Vergers de Saint-Paul

Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Cote d'Azur, France[0.3 miles]

A charming, affordable oasis of a hotel with a pool, in walking distance of the medieval town of Saint-Paul-de Vence. Stay for the tranquility, and lovely views over the countryside.

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Hotel Villa Victoria

Nice, Cote d'Azur, France[11.8 miles]

This attractive, friendly and affordable 4-star boutique hotel stands out for its lovely garden. It’s handily located just outside the pedestrianised area of Old Nice, close to Nice’s main sights, and a short walk to its beach.

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Hyatt Regency Palais de la Mediterranee

Nice, Cote d'Azur, France[11.9 miles]

Big, full-service hotel with a flashy image, set in a historic casino on Nice’s famous Promenade des Anglais seafront.

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Deck Hotel

Nice, Cote d'Azur, France[12.1 miles]

This fun, colourful and affordable design hotel channels this area’s beach clubs, just off Nice’s Promenade des Anglais.

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One of France’s most splendid Belle Epoque villas, donated to the city of Nice by the aristocratic Massena family, is now home to a compelling collection of art, furniture and artifacts that track Nice’s rich history.

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