January 28, 2020

Our Guide to Spending a Week in Valbonne

Valbonne is located a short 10 minute drive from Mougins, 15 minutes from Grasse …

By A.M.A Selections

French Riviera



Valbonne village main square
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Valbonne is located a short 10 minute drive from Mougins, 15 minutes from Grasse, and 20 minutes from Antibes. The village of Valbonne is picturesque and has retained much of its 16th century character while still offering a vibrant town atmosphere. In addition, the town is in close proximity to a number of golf courses, hiking trails, and other outdoor activities.

Valbonne is a beautiful medieval village, built in a peaceful valley abundant with Mediterranean vegetation. It’s a delightful place to visit and has been beautifully restored and maintained. Stone house fronts with pastel colored shutters and porches covered in vines and bougainvillea line the narrow streets. Everywhere you turn there are little restaurants and shops. The town is lively with a large community of English-speaking expats who reside in Valbonne year-round.

In 1486, under Louis XI, Provence was legally incorporated into the French royal domain, and this began the renaissance of the region. The village now known as Valbonne was founded in 1519, by Augustin de Grimaldi, bishop of Grasse and abbot of Lérins. Augustin de Grimaldi commissioned the worker-monk Don Taxil to construct the village adjacent to the abbey to increase the value of the land. The aim was to use exclusively local labor to build a community that would lead to the repopulation of the region. This was accomplished by the importation of Italian artisans, to work the clay found in the nearby villages of Vallauris and Biot.

Did you know?

The architectural plan of the village of Valbonne differs from that of many other villages located in the South of France which typically spiral around a hill. The village is laid out along a grid pattern, under the influence of Roman military camps. The construction took over a century to be done and has remained relatively unchanged.

Family friendly village of Valbonne
Streets of Valbonne | Photo Source: A.M.A Selections
Valbonne village in France
Place des Arcades | Photo Source: A.M.A Selections
Cafe des Arcades in Valbonne
Café des Arcades | Photo Source: A.M.A Selections

A Week in Valbonne – Our Recommendations

The following is our guide for a one-week stay in Valbonne. This is a proposed itinerary for our guests but we can tailor your holiday according to your preferences.

Day 1 – Saturday:

Arrival at 4pm

Dine at the Café Des Arcades in Valbonne’s lively main square

Café Des Arcades is situated in the heart of Valbonne village and offers a lively and fun atmosphere with good bistrot style dishes.

La Pigeot Moroccan restaurant in Valbonne
La Pigeot | Photo Source: A.M.A Selections

Day 2 – Sunday:

Practice the art of lounging by the pool

Dinner at La Pigeot in Valbonne

Situated in Valbonne village, La Pigeot is a favorite among the locals offering a charming, eclectic atmosphere and authentic Moroccan cuisine.

Day 3 – Monday:

Visit the port and the charming cobblestone streets of Vieil Antibes (20 minutes away)

Enjoy a fresh plate of fritto misto on the dock at Royal Plage

Spend the afternoon on the sandy beaches of Plage Garoupe

Feeling more active? Enjoy a beautiful trail along the sea that starts from Plage Garoupe and goes along the peninsula of Cap d’Antibes.

Restaurants in Mougins, France
Mougins | Photo Source: A.M.A Selections
Square in Mougins, France
Mougins | Photo Source: A.M.A Selections

Day 4 – Tuesday:

Lunch at Le Petit Fouet in Mougins (10 minutes away)

Le Petit Fouet is a favorite among the locals offering a charming atmosphere and delicious classic French dishes in the heart of Mougins village.

Tour the shops and galleries in Mougins Village

Day 5 – Wednesday:

Visit the town of Biot (20 minutes away)

Biot was a pottery centre from the 16th century to the 18th century. Today, it’s famous for its decorative pottery and glasswork.

Create your very own fragrance in a private perfume making workshop in Grasse

In this class, you will you will create your own unique fragrance under the guidance of Molinard’s fragrance expert.

Dinner at La Bastide Saint-Antoine, a gastronomic restaurant in Grasse

Day 6 – Thursday:

Lunch at the famous Colombe d’Or in Saint Paul de Vence (30 minutes away)

La Colombe d’Or offers delicious Provençal cuisine on a beautiful terrace with views of the valley

Walk the charming cobblestone streets of Saint Paul de Vence and explore the various shops and galleries

Medieval village of Valbonne
Streets of Valbonne | Photo Source: A.M.A Selections

Day 7 – Friday:

Tour the lively market of Valbonne

Spend the afternoon playing golf at the Château de la Bégude (5 minutes away)

Not up for golf? Enjoy a private massage poolside at your villa

Dinner by private chef in the gardens of your villa

Day 8 – Saturday:


To rent a luxury holiday villa in Valbonne click here.

Photos by Zoya Stafienko for A.M.A Selections. All images © A.M.A Selections

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