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Biot - a charming medieval village

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

Porte de Tines 1562

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.

Verrerie 2006

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 and Cons
  • Pros:Well worth the extra effort require to visit
  • Cons:Off the beaten track
  • In a nutshell:Charming, priviledged medieval perched village
  • Last visit to Biot: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Jul 24, 2006
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  • La_Holandesa's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2006 at 5:11 PM

    Hii Andrew! First one here to say Biot is a very lovely sun-kissed-town and I loooooove it :o) Esp. the view ...ohwww the azur blue water, fell in love with it ;) Nice page, and I like your riviera-town pages! many greetz Anita :)

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