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Biot Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 80 photos
The very charming medieval village of Biot, a short distance from Antibes and some way off the beaten track from Nice, and therefore not overrun with tourists. The main visitors seemed to be a few Americans in rented cars, and there is no direct bus service from Nice. The 3-4 km walk from Biot SNCF passes through the unlovely Marineland and funfair, and light industrial works.
The main attraction for which the village is "famous" is glass blowing, and there are many workshops where you can you can watch the craftsmen at work if you wish, but its not something you have to do. The village is enjoyable without doing the "tour the turkish carpet workshop, now of course you would like to buy a carpet wouldn't you?" excursion thing. That said, the coloured glass vases and glasses are very pretty, if expensive.
Just outside the village is the museum devoted to the brightly coloured designs of Ferdinand Leger. And from its high vantage point you can see all the way to Antibes on the horizon
Medieval villages are rightly proud of their fortifications - here one of the key portals to Biot dating to the 16th Century. Perched villages were designed to be defensible against rival powers and barbarian tribes alike. The Saracens were aparently partial to a bit pillaging. Periodically sacked and put to the sword, villagers life expectancy was dependent on such fortification, and making alliances with the right side.
Glass blowing and creative artistic endeavours are the watchword for Biot. The region is rich in fine clays, sand, manganese and even volcanic tufa for making the kilns. Somewhere a couple of kilometres away apparently is an extinct Volcano.
Around the foothills of the village are various glassworks (Verrerie) , where you can watch craftsmen at work, and within the medieval village are assorted ateliers and display shops selling the sometimes very striking artistic creations in glass.
Ceramics also feature, and Biot is home to various artists who have created feature works to decorate the village squares
- Pros:Well worth the extra effort require to visit
- Cons:Off the beaten track
- In a nutshell:Charming, priviledged medieval perched village
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