Valbonne is a peaceful and hospitable village on the French Riviera in the southeast of the country, just 13km from Cannes. It is a haven of peace and good living surrounded by the fast paced high tech park of Sophia Antipolis, but in terms of atmosphere and style, is a million miles away. The luxury villas and apartments in Valbonne have been a getaway for those taking a weekend break from Paris, just an hour and a half away by plane. The laid back lifestyle and excellent cuisine and cafes of Valbonne mean that a private villa allows you to get far more out of your trip than a stay in any hotel in Valbonne.
The old centre of the village remains undeniably 16th Century, despite being the focal point of the village. The beautiful Place des Arcades is surrounded by terrace cafes, shops and charming restaurants. The Roman Aqueduct and the charming Abbaye Chalaisieme are certainly worth viewing if you have the time when you stay in a Valbonne villa.
There are some lovely walks to be enjoyed from an apartment in Valbonne, whether you are looking for a good stroll after a lazy lunch or a long hike to build up an appetite for a feast in your self catering holiday rental. Following the River Brague or climbing the hills over to Boit are magnificent walks, with plenty of shade provided by woodland.
Valbonne celebrate festivals with passion, and there are many to be enjoyed throughout the year. The outdoor market held every Friday is lively and there are some magnificent deals on fine produce to be found.
The Opio Valbonne golf course is a beautiful open course amongst the woodland, with deep rough and many obstacles, making it a tough course to master, but great fun to play.
The location of the villas and apartments in Valbonne mean that they are perfect for a number of day trips to the glamorous and more expensive cities of Cannes, Antibes, Nice or St. Tropez.
Mougins is also very near. The medieval village is one of the jewels in the crown of the Cote d’Azur, surrounded by thick forest. It, like Valbonne, is a place where luxury and good living are essential to the lifestyle and atmosphere of the town.
The hot Mediterranean climate of the French Riviera means that you are almost guaranteed sun all year round. Summers are hot, with maximum temperatures sometimes soaring to up to 38°C. Even winters are hot, and you stall be pleased for the shade provided by the woods and covered arcades in Valbonne.
easyJet and Ryanair both supply cheap flights to Nice International Airport (NCE) which services the whole area. Valbonne is not far from the Airport, and transfers are readily available.