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Valbonne Village On The French Riviera

Valbonne village situated on the French Riviera is one of the regions most charming villages, the magic of Valbonne and it's architecture is left over from the 16th Century. Valbonne village is laid out in neat, symmetrical rectangles planned by the Abbot of Lerins, based on the layout of Roman cities, which is in stark contrast to the winding little streets in the hundreds of other villages on the French Riviera and the rest of France. The main attraction of Valbonne village is the splendid 16th-century Place des Arcades.

A fairly large town, Valbonne has a population of around 12,000 people and a large Anglophone community. It is a beautiful place that is situated in a lovely valley and is surrounded by woodlands. Its peaceful surroundings and traditional French architecture have made Valbonne property much sought after.

The town itself has been pretty well maintained over the years. The central part of the town has retained its 16th century character and during a leisurely promenade through the old town you can see how fondly it has been cared for. You'll feel like you have stepped back in time with stone fronted houses, ornate doors and entrances, large steps upto the main doors and the many vines and flowers decorating the exteriors of the village houses.

In the centre of Valbonne village is the quintessentially French 16th-century square - Place des Arcades. The square its self is surrounded on all sides by charming arcades, café terraces and little shops. There are inviting symmetrical lanes running off all sides of the square inviting you to amble around the back streets and gaze at the beautiful village houses together with more restaurants and little boutiques before you saunter back to the Place des Arcades for a well deserved apéritif.

The town is a full of life throughout the year with regular markets every Friday and an antiques/brocantes market on the 1st Sunday of every month. Many of the annual fĂŞtes are celebrated within Valbonne village itself accompanied by live music or parades and are great fun for all the family.

Valbonne village is in the commune of Valbonne Sophia Antipolis, which is home to the technology and business park of Sophia Antipolis. First developed in the early 1970's, Sophia Antipolis has evolved into a highly recognised international business community, with more than 1,000 companies hiring more than 22,000. Valbonne and other villages and towns in the vicinity benefit greatly from this cosmopolitan community. This increased international workforce has also given rise to a number of international schools teaching both English and French to the students.

The French Riviera and villages such as Valbonne and Mougins together with the coastal towns of Cannes and Nice have long been a retreat for Parisians and other northern Europeans taking a weekend breaks from the hustle and bustle of city life “ being just an hour and a half to two hours away by plane from most European hubs. This region has also been a firm favourite with the British for many years “ and the ever increasing flights into Nice airport have made a second home on the French Riviera more accessible for many UK residents. The laid back lifestyle, more than 300 days of sunshine per year and the varied lifestyle, cuisine and cafes of Valbonne are the perfect get-away.

The hot Mediterranean climate of the French Riviera means that you are almost guaranteed sun all year round. Summers are hot, with maximum temperatures hitting the high 20's or quite often more. Even winters are quite mild and you could be sitting in the Place des Arcades, Valbonne in bright sunshine sipping a delightful glass of rosé from a provençale vineyard in any winter month.

If you're looking for luxury property on the French Riviera, Valbonne offers everything you could wish for. Only 25 minutes from Nice airport, 20 minutes from the beaches of Cannes and during the winter months you can be on the snow within 60 minutes. There are many privately gated domains or single properties within a wide range of prices to suit every budget. If you're thinking of holidaying on the French Riviera, Valbonne is an excellent town to base yourself for the duration and decide whether Valbonne is where you really want to buy. There are many luxury villas to rent in Valbonne to suit every budget and every size of family.