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Biot, Cote d'Azur, South of France

Left: Biot Village

You can walk to the village in approximately 6 minutes from one of the two Navette car parks. If you want to drive there is plenty of car parking in the village, although this gets very full in July and August.  In 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.

There are many excellent restaurants cafes and bars there, each with their own character.  La Restaurant Hotel Galerie des Arcades, La Pierre a Four  Restaurant le Migranier, Le Café de la Poste, Chez Odile, Café Brun and Creperie du Vieux are amongst the selection.

Biot 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)

Le Parc de la Mer - Marineland (Europe’s largest) Marine theme park is approximately 4 km away and going inland towns like Grasse are well worth a visit.

2006 The Verrerie de Biot celebrates 50 years of business

History 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.

There 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 the world.

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 States.

This 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.

Since 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 modernism"

To 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

The Verrerie de Biot is located at Chemin des Combes - 06410 BIOT. It is very well signposted with distinctive purple signs.

Opening 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

In addition there are several other Verreries in Biot

Villefranche sur Mer (right) Monaco, Menton (below)

and Italy only a short drive or train journey away. 

Across 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 a Thursday.  Both are set against the glorious back ground of the Mediterranean Sea.  Bordighera has some excellent value restaurants on the sea front.

If you are visiting Italy you will also see a lot of Liquor stores in the border town of Latte The duty is much lower on alcohol in Italy than in France and you might want to stock up

SanRemo is only a few minutes drive from Ventimiglia

©Philip Suter May 2007

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