Biot Travel Guide

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Biot Things to Do

  • Biot village church nativity

    As a Catholic country in Europe, many French churches feature alcoves with nativity scenes like this. Its a strange mishmash of biblical context and French village folklore and tradition. Costumes anachronistic without irony. Local peasants, farm animals, and the baby Jesus. The little figurines are known as "santons" - "little saint" and are...

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  • Glass Blowing with le chat--La Verrerie

    My girl and I took a driving tour of Southern France and stopped in Biot to see the famous glass blowers, and were very happy we did! There are more than one places to see actual blowers, but this one had a very large cat, who did not seem to mind the heat coming off of the glowing ball of glass the artist was shaping right on the table next to...

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  • Simply explore the narrow streets and...

    The village still seems to be inhabited by locals, and although I am sure there a number of houses are second homes, there seemed to be a lot of families going about their daily routine. This included a group o pre school children who watched me while I did some watercolour sketches. Again, if a picture is worth a thousand words, here are a "few...

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  • rue Saint Sébastien

    The main street in the centre of Biot, rue Saint Sébastien is lined with cafés, restaurants and numerous glass and pottery shops. Much of the artefacts sold in these shops are made in Biot itself, known for this sort of artwork. The street is extremely charming with the typically Mediterranean architecture on both sides. Except for residents, cars...

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  • Hilltop Village

    Like most Mediterranean villages in this part of Europe, Biot is perched on top of a hill. Although not as high as other towns, such as Saint Paul-de-Vence, the site is nonetheless quite dramatic. Such positioning often reflected the need for strong defences against foreign invasions in ancient times. The attached photos show the town's position on...

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  • Place des Arcades

    Place des Arcades is a beautiful square that owes its name to the ancient arcades of the surrounding buildings. Most of them date from the 13th and 14th centuries, but some of the arches are thought to be older belonging to the castrum that once existed in Biot. In fact, place des Arcades was the centre of this castrum. When I visited Biot in July...

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  • Eglise Sainte Marie-Madeleine

    The main church in Biot, Eglise Sainte Marie-Madeleine dates from the late 15th century. It was built over the ruins of a 12th century Romanesque church, which had been destroyed a century earlier, while the site itself is believed to have held a Roman temple during Roman times. The church is located on Place de l'Eglise, a small hidden square...

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  • Village houses with wrought iron and...

    Medieval villages are a bit short on gardens - that is, mostly, they don't have any. So much the nicer that outside houses separated by narrow lanes residents put out plants in pots and windowboxes in thick profusion. Watered daily, they reach up for the little sun that that passes overhead briefly between rooftops.You cant do this in big cities. I...

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  • Biot town square

    Every French medieval village must have a central square with an urn-shaped water fountain. Biot is no exception.In the background relaxing cafes to soak up the calm slow pace of village life.

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  • Ceramic mosiac figures

    Local artists works decorate the pretty village. I assume these two are works of artistic interpretation. That or the villagers of Biot have very large and unusual faces, and some have two heads.

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  • Beautiful village houses with ceramic...

    The care which the priviledged residents of Biot devote to their homes makes the village a delight to visit. Here a ceramic mural blends effortlessly with old stone, and geraniums in Summer colour.

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  • Local shops display gifts and souvenirs

    As everywhere, gift shops are on hand should you feel the urge to take home some scented candles and a brightly coloured tablecloth in traditional Provencal designs. Or perhaps a painting or two?

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  • Ceramic urban sculptures, traditional...

    The Place aux Arcades is the central town square where coloured ceramics mingle with pretty flowerbeds, a perfect setting.

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  • Biot church

    The cathedral at Biot is deceptive from the outside. Its plain square exterior belies its spacious and richly decorated interior

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  • Fernand Léger Museum

    What makes Biot different from other hilltop towns in the area is amazing Fernand Léger Museum (1km southwest of the town center towards the coast). You will not miss it – huge mural made by the artist, is easy recognizable from the distance. Famous artist made his first ceramics here in 1949. In the beginning of his artistic career Fernand Léger...

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  • Exploring Biot

    This hilltop town always attracted artists and artisans. As far back as Roman times, Biot was a Potters' Village. In the 15th century, it was decimated by the plague and was completely repopulated by 48 families from Genoa. As a result, Biot then continued to flourish thanks to trade with the Genoese. Towards the end of the 19th century, clay pots...

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  • Great Ball of Fire

    a trip to the verrerie de biot (glass factory/museum of biot) is worth the 5 euro guided tour and peak into the lives of glass artisans, and the process of glass making. dogs are allowed entrance for free.classes to make your own glassworks are offered from time to time so please contact them if you're interested, and plan a bit ahead.

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  • Heat

    Here's another glass artisan but in the old village of biot (not the factory).My guess is one day he got a little too close to the heated glass and it burned all the hair off his legs.Smooth!

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Biot Hotels

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  • Domaine Du Jas

    625 Route De La Mer, Biot, France, 06410, FR

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Residence Green Side

    45 Rue Henri Poincare, Nemea Appart'hotel, Sophia Antipolis, Biot, 06410, France

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Camping Eden

    Biot, Biot, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Biot Restaurants

  • Ok Provençal cuisine

    I was craving for "fleurs de courgettes farcies" (stuffed zucchini flowers) and my husband took me to this family-run restaurant in Biot.He used to eat here when he worked in a nearby city. We arrived a bit before 8 PM without a reservation on a Saturday night. We were seated at a table by the restaurant's main entrance. Our order was scribbled on...

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  • Cozy Tea Room

    Les Mas des Orangers is a delicatessen, tea room and also an art gallery.We were in Biot and by coincidence we bumped into some of my husband's relatives from Paris. They invited us for some tea. The tea room is located in the upstairs of the delicatessen/art gallery. It is a small place and they have just a few tables. I don't remember the exact...

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  • Good food, great views

    Biot is one of those places where an extended walking tour and a good lunch are the main attractions. On looking for the latter we spotted a menu for this place beside some tables in the Place deGaulle. There seemed to be no signs, but the menu did have the name of the restaurant printed on it. A waitress came up to us and led us away from the...

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Biot Transportation

  • Getting to Biot from Nice

    There is a bus from Nice but we decided on the train for speed and comfort. However, do make note that the train station called Biot is in fact on the coast several kilometres from the actual village. Although you can walk, it is some distance and there is a bus (number 10) which goes to the village fairly frequently.

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  • almost inaccessable

    from the gare biot, cross the busy road and there is a bus stop with very infrequent bus for biot. we got a bus ok, but couldn't find a return , it cost 30 euro for a taxi back to gare boit, about 5 mins. we also cycled , locking the bikes at the car park opposite the tennis and skater park and walking up the hill. well worth the effort.

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  • Initiative required!

    Arrive at Biot SNCF station, or dismounting the Nice-Cannes 200 bus at Biot station is only part of your journey to Biot village, which is a stiff 3 - 4 km walk inland, and finally up hill. The solution should have been a free shuttle bus Navette Gratuite - and signs alluded to one existing near parking below the village - but nothing appeared at...

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Biot Shopping

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    by Elainehead Updated Feb 6, 2004

    You will find a considerable number of glass shops in Biot. The glass flowers were a wedding gift, along with a glass vase. I don't know which shop the person bought them.

    For addresses, check:

    http://www.biot-coteazur.com/art/maitres.htm

    What to pay: Check some prices at:
    http://www.verreriebiot.com/english/biot/c_catalogue.htm

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Biot Local Customs

  • Biot - Village of Arts & Crafts

    The village of Biot is known for its arts and crafts, particularly glass and pottery. Through out the streets, the people of Biot celebrate its affinity to these arts by fixing some of its crafts on the buildings and street signs. The attached photos show some of the artwork around town. In addition, there are several museums that showcase the...

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  • Provençal

    Like many small villages on the Côte d'Azur, the local population in Biot once spoke a dialect referred to as Provençal. It is a language perhaps closer to Catalan or even Italian than French. Although still spoken by some elderly, the language is rapidly disappearing. Street signs, however, in Biot continue to post the names of streets in both...

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  • The Scoop on Poop

    It's necessary to remark here that the cleanliness of the streets in biot was much appreciated. A problem largely ignored in most French cities is the dog poo everywhere; quite an unpleasant experience i assure you. the village of biot made a great effort to remedy the situation. thank you!*

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Biot Favorites

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  • Crepes, blown glass, and charming...

    Definitely explore the little village. It is situated on a hill, and you must park at the bottom and walk up into the village. It's very charming, as you will see from the pictres! The people are more friendly here than at many locations near the French Riviera. Eating at the creperie! The crepes were amazing, and the couple who ran the plave made...

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  • La Fête du Pain (The Bread Festival)

    Date: 16 May 2004From 9 AM to 5 PMAt midday, bread benediction followed by an aperitif.Bakers of Alpes Maritimes will take turns to carry out demonstrations of bread making. Breads will be baked in the Wood-fired communal oven.Place du Gaulle - presence of Italian bakers from Liguria.Place des Arcades - kids will be making breadsLocals are all...

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  • No GPS Necessary Here

    If you get lost in Biot, I would have to surmise that you are directionally disabled (or challenged). All kidding aside, biot is tiny and you should have a clear idea of your bearings. However, if you don't, get a map at the tourist office in the village center.The map in the center is made of mosaic and is beautiful and useful.Biot is a village of...

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