VALBONNE


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VALBONNE

Visit Valbonne, 15 minutes from our holidays cottages in Bar sur Loup, and 10 minutes from our vacations apartments in Mougins

The meeting of Provence to France by Louis XI, was the prelude to the rebirth of the region. By the will of the monk of Lérins prior of Valbonne, don Antoine Taxil, the village will be born in 1519 of an economic evidence: to emphasize the lands of the abbey. An orthogonal plot is created and an original solution is found: local investors, clerks and notables, awardees of the lots, will rent them with land attached to farmers, mainly from the Haut-Pays to cultivate the land assets, load to them to build the houses. An act of habitation describes the rights and duties of the new inhabitants but also the architectural details, according to a rigorous “cahier des charges”. The construction will take place over a century. The village will remain rural and relatively isolated, almost unchanged, until the middle of the 20th century. The proximity of the coast and especially, in the 1970s, the creation of the university, scientific, technological and residential Sophia Antipolis, built largely on the forest of Valbonne, have transformed the region.
On an orthogonal plan, around the Place des Arcades, built in the early seventeenth century, five streets descend from north to south, ten streets from east to west, two ducts wide (about four meters), intersecting at right angles , forming a checkerboard plan that gives seen from the sky, a characteristic image of Valbonne. The same rigor is found in the plan of high and narrow houses, originally all identical: a ground floor served as a shed that nowadays is found in the basement, because of the elevation of the level from the street ; on the first floor the “room”, room to live; above the rooms, and finally the attic where were stored reserves hoisted with a pulley, some of which are still visible. In the high street is the old town hall with its tower and fountain built in the nineteenth century.

The 13th century Romanesque abbey church, which became a parish church for the construction of the village, is the perfect example of Chalais art, very close to primitive Cistercian art. The bell tower was added in the nineteenth century. Several chapels and oratories, in the village and in the countryside, complete the religious architecture.
The conventual buildings, well preserved, whose restoration begun in 1970 continues, welcome the Heritage Museum “The Old Valbonne” which presents many objects, utensils and tools representative of the rural life of the village and revives, through presentations and books, the history of the village and the monastic order of Chalais.
The old village invites you to stroll. On an orthogonal plan, around the Place des Arcades, built at the beginning of the XVIIth century, five streets descend from north to south, ten streets from east to west, two ducts wide (about four meters), intersecting at right angles , forming a checkerboard plan that gives seen from the sky, a characteristic image of Valbonne. The same rigor is found in the plan of high and narrow houses, originally all identical: a ground floor served as a shed that nowadays is found in the basement, because of the elevation of the level from the street ; on the first floor the “room”, room to live; above the rooms, and finally the attic where were stored reserves hoisted with a pulley, some of which are still visible. In the high street is the old town hall with its tower and fountain built in the nineteenth century. And we will show you the historic boulodrome of the town.

Tourist Office of Valbonne: Place de l’Hôtel de Ville – +33 (0) 4.93.12.34.50

Festivals, festivities and events

Fête des métiers du feu: Every last weekend of September, Valbonne quickly at the time of the crafts of the fire. For two days, blacksmiths, glassmakers and potters set up their workshops and stalls in the streets and squares of Valbonne. More than a festive event, it is primarily a meeting between connoisseurs, apprentices and visitors, which is of professional, human and historical interest. Demonstrations, lectures, educational films, exhibitions and other activities will be offered.

Feast of St. Blaise (end of January): In order to help preserve the rural and cultural heritage, the Municipality created in 1995 a communal vineyard. 300 vines of a late grape called the servan were planted on a suitable site. The vine now gives several hundred kilos of grapes. It is mainly the pleasure of gourmets on the occasion of Saint Blaise, the great festival of local produce at the end of January in the Village.

Feast of St Roch (early August): Great popular festival of the summer, St Roch offers several days of festivities, balls, country meals, ball sisters, games for children.

The Sophia Antipolis science park

Located in the heart of a 2,400 hectare pine forest, it brings together more than 1,400 companies worldwide (Amadeus, Schneider Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Thales, Orange, Bayer, Legrand, Air France, Siemens AG, NXP, SAP, Accenture, Toyota, …) and nearly 30,000 direct jobs in advanced scientific research in the field of information and communication technologies (CNRS, CSTB, INRA, INRIA, INSERM, I3S, LEAT, research from Mines ParisTech), multimedia, life sciences (medicine and biochemistry), energy, water management, risks, sustainable development. There are also nearly 4,500 students and researchers from major engineering schools such as Mines ParisTech, Polytech’Nice Sophia, Eurécom Institute (Telecom Paris), CNAM It is a replica of the Silicon Valley in France.