Country and people


Valbonne is a commune near Nice in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in south-eastern France. Valbonne means 'the good valley' in Provençal and translates to Vaubona in Occitan.

The people who live there are known as 'Valbonais' or 'Sophipolitains'.

The village is in the commune of Valbonne Sophia Antipolis, which consists of the village of Valbonne, and the technology park of Sophia Antipolis.


Valbonne is situated in a basin, halfway along the Brague river. The commune consists of two sites:
the old village situated in the extreme north-west
Sophia Antipolis in the east, around the towns of Haut-Satoux and Garbejaire


While the village has been preserved in its original condition, nearby is the high tech centre of Sophia Antipolis, constructed in the 1970s along the same lines as La Défense near Paris. The name was adopted from the ancient Greek colony of Antipolis which resided in the nearby village of Antibes. This plateau was one of the few remaining vast sections of land that had remained untouched in the French Riviera. Initially, investors interested in Sophia Antipolis were mainly oil and mining companies. The park, however, took a different turn when the University of Nice decided to move parts of its campus to the plateau in the 1980s. As a result, Sophia Antipolis became an important site of research and development.

Today, Sophia Antipolis has evolved into a highly recognized international community, with more than 1,000 companies hiring more than 25,000. It now has an area of 2,500 ha spreading over the municipality of Valbonne and its surrounding municipalities, Antibes, Biot, Mougins, and Vallauris. The community continues to grow day by day, with the recent establishments of the municipalities of la Colle-sur-Loup, Roquefort-les-Pins and Villeneuve-Loubet.

Places and monuments:

The old village:

The architecture of the houses of Valbonne is as rigorous as the street layout (see History above). Originally, they were all identical. The ground floor was for deliveries (these are now found half-underground due to a rise in the level of the street). On the first floor was the living room, above, the bedrooms. Finally, the attic, where stores were hoisted up with the aid of a pulley (some examples of these can still be found).

In the main street is the former town hall, complete with tower and fountain. It was constructed in the 19th century.

Church of Valbonne:
The abbey-church:

The Romanesque abbey-church was built in the 13th century by Benedictine monks of the Order of Chalais. It became the parish church when the village was built. It is a perfect example of Chalaisien architecture, which is very similar to primitive Cistercian architecture. The clock tower was added in the 19th century. The religious architecture is supplemented by several chapels and oratories, both in the village and surrounding countryside.

The monastic buildings have been well preserved. Their restoration, begun in 1970, is ongoing. They house the Heritage Museum 'Le Vieux Valbonne' which houses numerous everyday objects representing the rural life of the village. Exhibitions and presentations bring to life the history of the village and monastic order of Chalais.

Region: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Department: Alpes-Maritimes

Arrondissement: Grasse

Canton: Le Bar-sur-Loup

Intercommunality: Sophia Antipolis

Mayor: Marc Daunis(2008–2014)


Elevation: 75–302 m (246–991 ft)(avg. 200 m/660 ft)

Land area1: 18.97 km2 (7.32 sq mi)

Population: 12,997 (2008)

Density: 685 /km2 (1,770 /sq mi)



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