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Summary

Valbonne is a very beautiful little ancient town, surrounded by vegetation which has kept its authenticity and its cachet alive today. It is located in the sector European technopolis industrial zone in Sophia Antipolis 30 mins from the seaside.

Location

  • 20 min from Nice Airport
  • 25 min from Antibes
  • 28 min from Cannes

History

Valbonne remained a mainly agricultural village until the middle of the XXth century. The olive trees and the vine constitute the main cultural parts, with the rose and the jasmine coming from the perfumery.
After the Second World War and the arrival of refugees from the occupied zone, things started to change. The Peace, revenue and the movement grew during the 1950s.
In response to the overcrowding and the growing agitation of the coast, the Middle Country is densified with the construction of numerous villas on the agricultural and forest plots which were left free by the decline of agriculture. This development will be facilitated by the improvement of communication routes and the construction of some collective equipment.
In parallel, trade and crafts will develop, as well as companied linked to tourism and leisure. The birth of Sophia Antipolis will be a new turning point in the development of the town.

Surroundings

Valbonne has a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters.
The real estate style in Valbonne is very chic and authentic. It has developed a lot since the early 1970s, at the same time the Sophia-Antipolis technology park was constructed. Thousands of people, especially where engineers work, have bought or who have built villas within nearby estates.

Lifestyle

The charm of Valbonne is discovered by its stone facades, its colored shutters, the bougainvilleas covering the dwellings and the facade of the town hall. Without forgetting where to find small restaurants with tables set up in the street, in the shadows of old historic houses ...
The authentic village of Valbonne, where it is relaxing to stroll through the beautiful, gently sloping alleys, all of which will lead you to the marvelous arcaded square, where it is so good to have lunch on the terrace of one of the restaurants.
Does it give you the desire to discover the crafts of the region? Discover the charming decoration, fashion and antique shops, each one more chic than the next.

Irresistible

Place des arcadesThe city is one of the few Provençal villages of the Middle Ages, which has a very precise layout, in the form of a grid with the alleys, all having the same width according to the original design created in 1519. This means that in the centre of the village is the place of the arcades, where cafes occupy a privileged place in the heart of the old village. The terraces of the open cafes benefit from a beautiful exposure and are taken by storm at the first rays bringing a very pleasant atmosphere. On Friday, find the producers' market where you can find products from the region.

Activities / tourism

  • Chalaisienne Abbey
  • St Bernardin and St Esprit chapels
  • Roman Clausonnes Aqueduct (built at the beginning of the reign of Augustus)
  • Early Christian necropolis at Pont-des-Fades
  • Sainte-Thérèse Oppidum
  • Municipal Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions

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