Valbonne Village

 

Valbonne village is only a 10-minute walk from the house; the old village has retained much of its 16th century character, though mixed with an active town atmosphere.  Valbonne village is laid out in neat symmetrical rectangles planned by the Abbot of Lerins, following the layout of Roman cities.

 

In the centre of the village is the beautiful Place des Arcades, this central square is surrounded on all sides by restaurants and little shops, in the evenings this square comes alive with bustling restaurants and a great atmosphere. There is a small Spar supermarket tucked away in the square open till late for all the forgotten essentials.

 

Dispersed amongst the narrow, cobbled side streets are small boutiques and restaurants.  At the bottom of the village is the 12th century Eglise Saint Blaise and the attached Chalaisien Abbey.

 

Just before you enter the old village is a free (but busy!) public car park, giving access to a small selection of shops including high quality deli, green grocery and bakery along with a pharmacy, newsagent and post office.