Sight seeing & Guided tours

Historical Trail

Old mapArcades SquareSt Marie Madeleine's FacadeThe Rondon One Biot's GateQRCODE_VISITBIOT
Departure from: Tourist Office,46 rue Saint Sébastien
Lenght: around 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy to Medium
To visit the historical centre of Biot, the tourist Information Centre of Biot provides an Historical Trail Brochure, a smartphone application for Iphone & Android called "VisitBiot" and guided tours. This apps includes an audioguide directly downloaded from a QR Code (available on the above slideshow) or clicking on the following link:
You just left the tourist office and you’re now heading to the historical center of Biot walking along the “Saint Sebastien” Street. You are on a rocky crag which is protected on each side by its sheer cliffs. Agricultural estates, then pottery workshops have now spread over this area. 

Step 1: The house of Tourism
This place shelters the Arts and Crafts house and the Tourist Office. Many exhibitions are held here throughout the year. You are now heading towards the heart of the village.

Step 2: Biot Ceramics and history Museum
We advise you to visit this Museum, devoted to the memory of Biot , its potteries and jars.

Step3: The chapel’s square:
The White Penitents’ Chapel used to stand on that square. It was partially demolished in 1933 to make the Biot-Antibes bus stop. Note the little triangular steeple and the stone dated from 1612 on the façade. The Fly off, statue by kees VERKADE Dutch artist in Biot.

Step 4: Turn to your right the “Portugon” Street, then walk down the “Calade des Migraniers”.

Step 5: On your right, the “Cul de sac”, well-named dead-end street, the end of which is closed by a house according to so-called “rampart-house” technique that consists in building a house instead of a surrounding wall as a rampart. Just ahead, a Biot jar from the 18th century.

Step 6: At the corner of “Cul de Sac” street and “Calade des Migraniers”  Street, stands an engraved stone a few meters above the ground, with in its center the knight Templars’Cross. On its left, the Greek letter “tau”, is similar to our T letter, also names “St Anthony Cross”. Such a location for this stone is unusual and is due to the fact the stone used to belong to the former St Anthony’s Chapel that does not exist any longer today.

Step7 : The “Calade des Migraniers” Street. At N1 the house des back to 1561. Downhill stands the Migraniers Gate, (“Migranier” is the Provençal name for grenadier) built in 1566.

Step 8 : Follow the “Porte des Tines” way-marked itinerary along the “Regouaro” (from the Provençal word “Regoula”: big slide, tumble down). To you right, by the “Sous Balcon” Street, follow the “Porte des Tines” signs.
Step 9 : At the end of that street, enjoy the worm-eye view of the “Leï Croûtons” (from the Provencal word “Croto”: vault and consquenty vaulted alley) Alley.

Step10 : Take the right through the Arch leading to “Porte des Tines” Gate (1565) and look at the sealed hinges in the pillars drilled with holes for the bar which used to close the gate. You can enjoy as well the washing place, still used today, and the solar dial bearing the  inscription “sine sole sileo”(without the sun, I make silence).

Step 11 : Walking back up to the Tines (from the Provencal word: closed container) Street, look to your left a semi-circular balcony and, to your right, the picturesque “Rondon” (from the Provencal word: round, covered way architecturally speaking) corner with a weird sem’arched staircase fiving access to first floor. Carry along “Tines” street.
Step 12 : Take your right to “Marius Auzias” Square (a clerk from Biot), formerly the Airette (small area) Square. From that sport, you can enjoy a view of the Vignasses (vineyards) and o f the Aspres Hill with its growing terraces supported by dry-stone walls.

Step 13 : Going on to onwards projecting balcony, you will find at N° 6 along the Airette Street a sculpted stone bearing the date 1664, the eight-tipped Maltese Cross, the silhouette of a knight and in the corner a heart with the HIS “lesus Hominum Salvator” (Jesus men’s Saviour) Initials.

Step 14 : At N°4 along the Tines Street on the facade at the level of Second Floor, a sculpted stone bears the same HIS initials. You are just facing a solar dial surmounted by a Provencal motto “Lou Soulèu luse per tourtèi” (Sun shines for everyone). From the Balcony, you are overlooking the “Combes” (from the Povencal word: coumbo: deep, steep-sided valley). To the north, the Vignasse hill is a volcanic formation.

Step 15 : Enter the “Orfèvres” Street. Then, on your left, you will have a bird- eye view at the “Leï Croutons” Alley.

Step 16 : In the “Poissonnerie” Street, on the door at N° 10 is an engraved stone with the HIS inscription.

Step 17 : Take the” Vieille Boucherie” Street to the Catastrophe Square. This is where three houses crumbled on people gathered for a first communion dinner on the evening of June 12th 1898.

Step18 : Walk back to the “Poissonnerie” Street. To the left, the “Sévoule” Street, the only street still bearing the original name of a family that helped repopulating Biot in 1470.
 To your right, the communal kiln.

Step 19 : You are now on Place des Arcades (Arcaded Square).
Leaving “Place des Arcades”, on your left, you will walk under an arch leading to “Place de l’Eglise”. Formerly named “little Square”, Place des Arcades was at the heart of the first settlement. It would have been used as a cemetery.  Its polychrome cobblestones pavement represents two Maltese Crosses. Note the date of 1685 in front of the door at N°7 and a beautiful rosette with a lily flower in front of the church’s gate.

Step20 : The Church of Biot was rebuilt in the 15th century, at the same times of the village, on the ruins of a former Romanesque church dating back to 12th century, itself probably erected on a Roman sanctuary…
You are now walking back to “Place des Arcades” towards the Tourist Office. Along the way, you leave the historical heart of the village by the Saint Sebastien Street. Fernand Léger’s workshop used to be situated nearby “Place de Gaulle”.

You have visited Biot, a town doted with a triple heritage:
  • A great value historical heritage to be discovered in a village among the finest villages all over France.
  • An artistic heritage: Biot got the “Villes et Métiers d’art” (Towns of arts and Crafts) quality seal that expresses very well the dynamism, the creativity and the reputation of the artists and craftsmen of the village.
  • A technological hesitage: the proximity of Sophia Antipolis males of Biot one of the major human and technological community in the world, regarding mainly up-to-date information and communication technologies.
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