Welcome to... Valbonne

Valbonne is without doubt one of the most charming villages in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Its fine architecture and 16th century buildings sit side by side in perfect harmony. You'll find much to discover and enjoy here, and is well worth further investigation for those considering investing in property in the French Riviera.

In summer it plays host to locals and tourists alike in search of the many delights this rather special little community has to offer.  Valbonne consists of the ancient village itself, which lies North West, and Sophia Antipolis situated in the East. Developed in 1970-84, Sophia Antipolis technical park is host to a number of companies specialising in computing, electronics, biotechnology, and pharmacology.

The name Antipolis was adopted from the ancient Greek colony of Antipolis which resided in the nearby village of Antibes. This plateau was one of the few remaining vast sections of land that had remained untouched in the French Riviera. Initially, investors interested in Sophia Antipolis were mainly oil and mining companies. The park, however, was  when the University of Nice decided to move parts of its campus to the plateau in the 1980s. As a result, Sophia Antipolis became an important site of research and development. Today, Sophia Antipolis has evolved into a highly recognized multinational community, with more than 1,000 companies employing more than 25,000 people. It covers an area of 2,500 ha spread over the municipality of Valbonne and its surrounding boroughs, Antibes, Biot, Mougins, and Vallauris. The community continues to grow day by day with the recent establishments of the municipalities of la Colle-sur-Loup, Roquefort-les-Pins and Villeneuve-Loubet.

In the centre of the old village is the charming 16th-century Place des Arcades. The central square is surrounded on all sides by picture postcard arcades, and chic café terraces that are so typical of all that is French, and, which makes the simple past time of just strolling, such a memorable experience. Colour is everywhere one looks; the wonderful Sardinian red, dark orchre or pale yellow façades of the villages houses serve as a wonderful backdrop to Bougainvillea, Plumbago and Jasmine plants that scramble over old brick walls and arches adding a distinct fragrance to an already pleasing village.

In addition to the outstanding natural beauty of Valbonne, the area has a wealth of outdoor pursuits and interests to choose from.  There are the nearby coastal resorts of Cannes and Nice to explore and enjoy, and there is much to occupy the resident and visitor in the immediate vicinity. This includes art galleries, museums, first class golf courses, tennis courts, and fishing.  And of course there are the restaurants, serving the most wonderful food and wine; whether it is lunch during an idyllic afternoon or dinner by candle night in the warm Mediterranean night air. There are several great markets and boot sales around and about for those seeking out a little bit of both contemporary and old world French artifacts and treasures.

Things To Do In Valbonne

Valbonne is situated in a basin along the Braque River and is a small town community in the South East region of France. Valbonne's name is actually translated into 'the good valley' in French and has two main parts including Sophia Antipolis which is nestled in the East; and the old village in the North-West.

Valbonne still has a lot of its 16th century appeal, and locals in the villages love to socialise with visitors to the town. There are many places to visit in Valbonne, but the main attractions are:

The Old Village

The old village is a wonderful place to take in the sights of its 16th century architecture, so taking a walking tour around the streets will be very enjoyable for any sightseer. You will notice that the streets have been designed beautifully in a grid pattern; which is known as 'La Place des Arcades', where some houses and markets are also below street level. You can meander along the stoned streets to visit the old town hall, which hosts a remarkable fountain and tower in its grounds. This former congregational hall actually dates back to the 19th century. Within the area of the old town you will also be able to sit down to a tasty meal in the various gastronomic cafes and restaurants, plus excellent wine bars to relax with a glass of red in the afternoon.

The Church of Valbonne

The beautiful Romanesque abbey church is said to be dated back to the 13th century, which would have been the very early days of the town in the valley. This particular church is very well respected and considered as a classic example of Chalaisien architecture and remains very much the same since it was built centuries ago. In the 1800's the town commissioned a clock tower, which is the only notable change since its erection.

Valbonne Museum

The museum in the town of Valbonne showcases the history of the village over the years, which is definitely worth a visit if you like to soak up the culture of your location. The museum was built in the 1970's during a restoration period.

Place des Arcades

In the heart of Valbonne, you will find Place des Arcades, which is the central square in the village. The arcades were added to the central square in the 17th century and it became known as la Place des Arcades from then. The grid originally consisted of ten grids, but since has expanded, making Valbonne a very different village from any other in the South of France. There are many cafes that line the central square in the village, including Cafe des Arcades which is a favourite amongst visitors. Here you can sit outside under an umbrella and enjoy perfect French cuisine in the sun.

Valbonne Schools

EBICA - Ecole Bilingue Internationale Cote d'Azur - This is the best bilingual pre-school for early years, teaching reading methods in both English and French. They use montessori materials which are integrated into the French programme, and with small class sizes you can be sure that your child is learning in an active and positive environment.

Sartoux Elementary School - This school is located in the heart of the park in Sophia-Antipolis, which is the commune of Valbonne. To meet the needs of residents in Valbonne; Sophia-Antipolis and CASA (Community of Agglomeration of Sophia-Antipolis), elementary school Sartoux hosts French, English and German children. Lessons in English and German are offered as part of international sections

Travelling To Valbonne

By car - You can travel to Valbonne and surrounding village Sophia-Antipolis by taking the A8/Junction 44 exit for Antibes. Ensure that you drive inland away from the Carrefour Hypermarket and follow the signs as indicated. There are quite a few steep winding roads in this area, so take car whilst driving. There is no direct route to Valbonne, but you may enjoy the beautiful scenery en route to the village as you are traveling to your destination.

By bus - There are frequent buses to and from Nice airport to Valbonne, which are pretty straight forward. You can also take the 230 bus from Nice which costs only 1 euro. (price may be subject to change)

By train - The closest train station is in the town of Antibes. Once you have reached Antibes, you must then plan for a 10 minute journey by car to reach the Valbonne village.

By air - Nice Côte d’Azur airport is 25 km from Valbonne, which usually takes approximately 20 minutes to travel by car.

Properties In Valbonne

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Places Close to Valbonne

After experiencing the beauty and charm of Valbonne, take a day trip to other equally appealing villages, towns, and cities such as Mougins, Grasse and Nice.

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