Au Souleu is your perfect starting point to explore the area. The closest beach is in Cagnes sur Mer, only a 10 minute drive from the villa. Grasse, with its famous perfume factories, is a 40 minute drive away.
The old medieval village of St. Paul de Vence is a mere 5 km drive from Au Souleu or a very pleasant hour’s walk through woods and over a stream, providing wonderful views of the surrounds. This picturesque town is known for its galleries and for the artists who visited and lived here in the past. There is a public bus service that will return you to Vence. Tourettes sur Loup, another picturesque town famous for its violet festival, is just a 10 minutes drive west of Vence.
Other cities of note are also only a short drive from Vence.
Nice – 30 minutes
Monaco – 1 hour
Antibes – 30 minutes
Cannes – 40 minutes
There are so many nice hikes to do in the area. One can walk the 4 baous, the famous rocky outcrops of the region. The Baou des Blancs and Baou des Noirs start from Vence. Saint-Jeannet is the starting point for the Baou de Saint-Jeannet and Baou de La Gaude. All the Baous offer you amazing views of the Côte d’Azur. You can also hike the Col de Vence and Les Courmettes (between Vence and Tourettes sur Loup). There are also some nice seaside hikes like the St. Jean Cap Ferrat and the Cap d’Antibes.
Shopping in the little boutiques in the villages is a pleasant pastime, but there are also two beautifully-designed shopping malls. The Polygone in Cagnes sur Mer (open since October 2015) is an outdoor shopping experience, only a 10-minute drive from Au Souleu. The recently-renovated Cap3000 in St. Laurent du Var is an indoor mall and located at the seaside.
There are a few entertainment parks for children of all ages. In Villeneuve Loubet you can visit Le Bois de Lutins and Pitchoun forest. Older children will enjoy the amazing “acrobranche” (adventure trail) in the park’s Canyon Forest.
One can taste and buy good wines in the Var, about an hour and a half-hour’s drive from Vence, where there are many chateaux.
In winter you can even think of going one or more days skiing. Just an hour’s drive from Vence, there is the small ski station of Greolières. Other ski stations in the area are Valberg, Auron and Isola2000. They are all an hour and a half-hour’s drive from Vence.