Perched on a hill, about 4 km from the Mediterranean between Nice and Cannes, Biot is a lovely medieval village to visit for a day.
It’s known for bubble glass making, as well as quite a turbulent past. In the 1300’s, the town was taken over by pirates and thieves! Luckily, today’s inhabitants are much more civil.
Rue Saint Sebastien
The Main Street is Rue Saint Sebastien, easy to find in this small village. Lined with cafés, restaurants, quaint boutiques and shops, it’s a great place to spend a few hours milling around. You’ll find many glass shops featuring the local bubble glass, as well as some gift shops with linens, pottery, etc.
Place des Arcades
Place des Arcades is the narrow main square in Biot. As you walk along, you will see Les Arcades Restaurant: stop for lunch! With cozy outdoor tables along the square and under the arches, it’s a fabulous place on a warm day. Tables inside offer refuge from the rain. Try the warm goat cheese salad with candied walnuts to start, fabulous. The specials are always delicious, I had Ossobuco with Penne – my mouth is watering now.
Walk off your lunch by strolling through the main square to this adorable church. It’s quite small, but worth a look-see. Strangely, you walk down some marble steps once entering through the door. It’s the only church I’ve ever seen where you walk down stops upon entering!
La Verrerie de Biot
Be sure to visit the glass factory before you leave, it has easy parking and a shop! Located at Chemin des Combes, you’ll find a workshop and be able to watch glass blowers creating their art. Stop by the showroom and pick up a souvenir, or two!
If you are into museums and abstract art, check out the Musee National Ferdinand-Leger. Located at Chemin du Val-de-Pome, it’s about a 15-minute walk downhill from town.