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and the local area Côte d'Azur, South of France
is built on a headland that is typical of this
type of hill top village (Mougins, St Paul de Vence, Cagnes
old town etc) and overlooks the sea. It is one of the art
centres of the south of France.It is famous for its decorative
pottery and glasswork.
from its beautiful location, a major reason to visit Biot
is for the potteries and glassworks (Verreries) and the Fernand Léger Museum (Musée Fernand Léger). The artist Fernand
Léger made the village his home and both it and its people
had a profound effect on his work.
Unlike some of the neighbouring hill top villages, Biot has not been spoilt
by too many art shops, estate agents and expensive restaurants.
It still retains much of its cobbled streets.It is located
in the département of Alpes-Maritimes (06) and the région
of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.
you want to drive to the village there is plenty of car parking
in the village, although this gets very full in July and August.
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the summer a Shuttle bus (Navette) is available and visitors
from outside the area are encouraged to use the car parks
outside the village and take the Shuttle in and out.
You can walk to the village
in approximately 6 minutes from one of the two Navette car
are many excellent restaurants cafes and bars there, each
with their own character. La Restaurant Hotel Galerie
Restaurant le Migranier,
Le Café de la Poste, Chez Odile,
Café Brun and Creperie du Vieux are amongst the selection.
is approximately 5 km to the
sea. Nice airport
is 15km away, Cannes 10km,
Antibes & Juan
les Pins (very nice beaches here
and restaurants on the beach) 8/12 km and Nice
is 25km away (Lovely old town area here)(CLICK
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from the museums and other historical attractions, by the
sea close to Biot SNCF station is Le
Parc de la Mer - Marineland Europe’s
largest Marine theme park is approximately 4 km away (althouch
technically in Antibes). It was founded in 1970 by Roland
de la Poype.
It is currently owned by a Spanish group Parques Reunidos.
Going inland towns like Grasse are
well worth a visit
The Verrerie de Biot celebrates 50 years of business
of Glassmaking in Biot - 1956 - 2006: It is an entire family
history: the creation of the Glassmaking in Biot and glass
bubbles by Eloi Monod in 1956. In 1973 the Lechaczynski family
started to promote the traditional means of manufacturer using
the hand made manufacture process of glass with bubbles in
and to promote their product.
has been fifty years of creative passion in the style of the
glass and to promote the products made in the Verrerie de
Biot on the edge of the hilltop village of Biot throughout
In addition to sixty
retail outlets swelling their products in France, The Verrerie
de Biot exports its creations ton Austria, Belgium, Canada,
Japan, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland and the United
is a very successful commercial venture with the specialized
market of glass manufacture with bubbles in it and has become
a major tourist attraction on the Côte d'Azur attracting over
700,000 visitors a year to the Verrerie and they have a turnover
of four million euros.
2000 Jean and Danièle Lechaczynski have passed on the running
of the business to their children who continue with the successful
management of this family enterprise and as Anne Lechaczynski
says "they are manufacturing the traditional products with
the style of the day but also adding an innovation and a permanent
celebrate its fifty years, the Glassmaking of Biot launches
a selection of glass products called The Riviera, in a contemporary
design.The Verrerie de Biot has developed their own Internet
site to sell the products on line
Verrerie de Biot is located at Chemin des Combes - 06410 BIOT.
It is very well signposted with distinctive purple signs.
Hours: Summer: Every day : de 9 H 30
à 20 H Sundays and Bank Holidays : 10 H - 13 H & 14 H
30 - 19 H 30 Winter: Every day:
9 H 30 - 18 H Sundays and Bank Holidays: 10 H 30 - 13 H &
14 H 30 - 18 H 30
Site in English - La
Verrerie de Biot
2011: La Verrerie de Biot is now charging for parking: On
a visit there in June 2011, I discovered that they had introduced
a car parking charghe. Barriers have been installed and you
only get 10 minutes free parking and after that the costs
are from 2 euros upwards. If you buy glas then this is refunded.
Personally I think this is a great shame as they get countless
visitors and not everyone wants to buy glass there. No doubt
they have researched the economic benefits for this decision,
but it does seem rather strange. There would no advantage
for the visitors to Biot to park there and then walk up to
the village as there are FREE car parks for visitors much
closer. It is possible to see glass blowing in under 10 minutes,
no time to go into the art exhibition or even browse in the
addition there are several other Verreries in Biot including:-
Verrerie du Val de Pome and Verrerie Raffaello Farinelli
sur Mer (pictured below), Monaco,
Menton and Italy only a short
drive or train journey away.
the border in Italy
every Friday there is a large street
market at Ventimiglia and
a smaller one at the next
town along the coast Bordighera on
Both are set against the glorious back
ground of the Mediterranean Sea. Bordighera has some
excellent value restaurants on the sea front.
you are visiting Italy you will also see a lot of Liquor stores
in the border town of Latte (below). The duty is much lower
on alcohol in Italy than in France and you might want to stock
is only a few minutes
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