Side Trips Around Antibes
Biot / Valbonne / Gourdon / Vallee du Loup
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Biot: A medieval village perché set in a hill covered with olive and mimosas trees. Famous for its pottery and glass blowing tradition. Home of Musée National Fernand-Léger, the renowned French artist.
Tel: +33(0)4 92 91 50 30 www.musee-fernandleger.fr.
Make sure to stop at Le Mas des Orangers, 3 Rue des Roses: a delightful tearoom serving light fares, with a great gourmet/gift store offering a vast selection of local artisanal products. Tel: +33(0)4 93 65 18 10.
Valbonne: This picturesque village is now the home town of many British who work is the Antibes-Sophia area. Many of the 16th century monuments have been preserved and now host chic stores, galleries and nice restaurants. We received good recommendations for La table de Pimprenelle, 6 Rue de la Fontaine, serving tasty home style cuisine. Dinner only, lunch on Sun. Tel:+33(0)4 93 12 09 79
Hiking around Biot and Valbonne
Circuit de la Brague: Lovely and shady path linking Biot to Valbonne (a few km above Antibes). It is a leisurely 19km round trip hike, following La Brague river banks, with small cascading waterfalls and stone bridges. If you don’t want to walk back, buses run regularly between both towns.
Gourdon: One of the most beautiful medieval villages in France, perched high on a rocky spur and overlooking the Vallée du Loup. Auberge de Gourdon is a great restaurant serving creative, delicious and inexpensive Provencale cuisine. Tel: +33(0)4 93 09 69 69
Vallée du Loup: The Loup river goes from the Pré-Alps, above Grasse down to the sea. Its gorges are one of the most spectacular sites in the region. It is bordered by several lovely villages including La Colle-sur-Loup, Bar-sur-Loup and Tourrette- sur-Loup, which are worth visiting. The whole region is really popular among sport and nature lovers.