Welcome to... Biot

Are you looking for a place to live with a long and interesting history? So you will probably take Biot into consideration. It is a medieval and picturesque village, perched on the hills only 4km from the Mediterranean Sea, nestled between Antibes and Nice. The village is more than 2000 years old and the remains of the old wall of the city survived, dominating the houses, with beautiful colourful flowers having pushed up and down the wall.

Biot is very popular with tourists for its fascinating history, its glassware and pottery, and only 2km northwest of the village is the center of an ancient volcano with interesting rock formations.

Biot is a picturesque village, with a medieval center with many cobblestone streets and medieval bridges. It was visited by the Romans from 154 BC, and then occupied in 42 BC when the Romans colonized the entire coastal region. It was a colony for five centuries and the Roman remains are still visible, including inscriptions on the rock and a mausoleum.

The second important change that the village underwent was in 1209 when the Conte de Provence gave Biot to the Templars. Then at the end of the 14th century the village was almost decimated by the plague. However, the village was repopulated in 1470 thanks to Italian immigrants.

Eating out is easy and a culinary delight in Biot, where you will find a wide choice of restaurants, cafés and bars for all tastes and pockets. Every Tuesday at 9am you can take a walk in the fruit and vegetable market, clothing, cosmetics, jewelry and local products. It is the place to socialize and become friends with the locals.

There are plenty of trails for hiking enthusiasts to explore, or follow the river Brague to Valbonne, through the natural forest. Golf lovers will find their happiness with the Biot course and its Country Club, at the Bastide du Roy.

Biot is famous for its craftsmen, including its glassmakers, including bubble glass create by adding baking soda to the original blend. If you want to see these craftsmen in action, you can go to one of the village's eight glassworks, free admission. There is a gallery of international glasses, La Verrerie, which exposes the work of several great artists. The geology of the region is rich in fine clay, manganese and sand, hence the proliferation of glass manufacturers.

Other artists include potters, ceramists, jewelers, painters and a leather workshop that produces superb handbags for sale and on order. There is also a museum dedicated to the famous Fernand Leger on the Chemin du Val de Pome, which exhibits a collection of its paintings and ceramics. Also in this street is an unusual arboretum of magnificent bonsai trees, anchored in a wonderful Japanese garden.

Weather plays an essential role in our lives and Biot is lucky not to have extreme temperature. The days of July and August are in the 28-30c and 19-22c in the night. In December the high temperatures are approximately 12c and with a minimum of 5c.

Estate Net France has in-depth knowledge of the region and is able to offer the best of the village of Biot and what the surrounding area has to offer. If you prefer a more secluded location to enjoy the beauty and charm of this part of the Cote d'Azur, or something different, our property for sale or rental covers a wide range of choices, including villas Luxuries, individual in an isolated park, contemporary, village houses complete with swimming pool and landscaped garden, bungalows, apartments and studios. Or would you prefer a renovation project? At Estate Net France our courteous and friendly representatives are there to provide assistance and advice on all aspects of property investment in Biot.

Things To Do In Biot

Biot has a historic identity created from past events, with an amazing artistic heritage and exceptional cultural tradition.

Fernand Legér National Museum - This museum is a prestigious example of Biot. Joseph Fernand Henri Léger was a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker, and whether you are familiar with his works or not, the museum is a must-see. The museum is situated within stunning grounds and it displays some of Léger's most famous cubist and realist paintings including his lesser known works.

La Verrerie de Biot - The glass tradition in Biot dates back thousands of years and the place is famed for its bubble glass which was created and mastered by La Verrerie de Biot in 1956. The Lechaczynski family took over the tradition of producing bubbled glass in 1973 and you can still visit their glassblowing studio today.

The History and Ceramic Museum - This museum hosts many of the town’s most prized artifacts. The History and Ceramic Museum was built in 1980 and was renovated in 1997 where they extended the building. Since then they refurbished the White Penitents Chapel and built a new gallery which has great exhibition spaces in the centre of town. The museum is located inside of the old Saint Jacques Hospital.

The Place aux Arcades - This building dates back to the 13th century and has now been transformed into a restaurant and hotel which has an art gallery attached to it. The restaurant boasts gastronomical delights with it's servings of traditional French food.

Sentier de la Brague Riverside Hiking Trail - This picturesqe trail follows the river Brague all the way between Biot and Valbonne, which takes you on a tour through the woods. The path is said to take around 3 and a half hours from one end to the other, and is a fantastic day out if you love the outdoors. The woods feature a meandering river running through them with visibility of different types of fish swimming around.

Volcano - Just 2km North-West of the vilage of Biot, you can visit the centre of an ancient volcano. You can explore the typical rock formations of which Biot is famed for. The tufa stone from the village has been extracted for thousands of years as a building material.

Biot Schools

Ecole Montessori Bilingue Les Colibris - This is the first bilingual Montessori school within the region and is for 2 to 12 year olds. The school opened in 2009 and is in the centre of Sophia Antipolis.

International School of Nice - International education for students aged 4-18. This school provides an outstanding curriculum incorporating creative and performing arts, ESL and a Learning Centre.

Travelling To Biot

By Road: To get to Biot on the road, take the route from Cannes to Valbonne and follow the signs straight to Biot. You can also take the motorway A8 and exit on the Antibes exit. The road signs are not clear, so make sure you keep an eye out for the exits.

By Train: The main train station in Biot is Gare de Biot which is 4km from the village which links to all the main train stations including Nice.

By Sea:The closest port to Biot is Port Vauban in Antibes where you can dock your yacht. Port Vauban serves as the home of the Yacht Club d'Antibes and is the largest marina in the Mediterranean Sea.

By Bus: The best way to get to Biot by bus is from Nice. Take the Bus 200 from Gare Routier in Nice. Exit at the Biot SNCF Gare stop and make your way across the street to the bus stop in front of the train station and take the local bus to Biot.

Properties In Biot

Estate Net France has a fantastic array of available properties to buy in Biot and the close surrounding areas, including grand villas with pools and manors in the hills of the old village of Mougins.

Choose from many beautiful bastides with their own pool and sumptuous gardens, or elegant villas with a tennis court within the grounds.

Places Close to Biot

If you'd like to do some sight seeing outside of Biot, there are many beautiful places to visit on the French Riviera. Try visiting nearby Cannes for a shopping trip or a relaxing day on the beach.

Contact

Knight Frank Mougins

1 rue Honoré Henry
06250 Mougins - France

Phone : +33 4 97 97 32 20
Fax : +33 4 89 73 22 80

Knight Frank Valbonne

3 rue Grande
06560 Valbonne - France

Phone : +33 4 97 97 32 40
Fax : +33 4 89 73 22 80

Knight Frank Cannes

12 Boulevard de la Croisette
06400 Cannes - France

Phone : +33 4 97 06 30 30
Fax : +33 4 89 73 22 80