Biot, 30 minutes from our vacation rentals in Bar sur Loup, 20 minutes from our apartments in Mougins
Repopulated in 1470 at the initiative of the King after the Black Death, the village of Biot develops and quickly became famous for its pottery and ceramics.
The walls of the village extend and during the 16th century and 17th century century, crops and pottery enrich the villagers. In 1707 and 1746 two invasions partially destroyed the village and the crops were devastated. From the 16th century, the jar industry developed to transform Biot into an important center of pottery production. However, in the nineteenth century, the pottery, quarrying and kiln cutting activities diminished.
At the beginning of the 20th century the decline of the pottery industry became more pronounced. Biot focuses on agriculture, mainly vines and horticulture, which regress around 1960 as a new activity begins to emerge. The business park of Sophia Antipolis, the first technology park in Europe, was created in 1970. It is located largely in the territory of Biot. The research centers of INRA (National Institute of Agronomic Research), INRIA (National Institute of Research in Computer Science and Automation), CNRS, the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis are located in Biot and there are high tech companies. Biot changes face and neighborhoods outside the village develop.
At the same time, art and craftsmanship flourish. Léger, Peynet, and many others settle in Biot and contribute to its fame. In 1956, Eloi Monod creates the Verrerie de Biot and its bubbled glass. Biot then becomes the city of crafts.