Located on the historic Napoleon road, the commune of Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey is located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, in the Alpes-Maritimes department. It takes place about ten kilometers from Grasse and thirty kilometers from Cannes, between the Alps and the sea, more than 700 meters above sea level.
This summer climate resort, former seigniory until the Revolution, was put into fashion in the nineteenth century by the rich families of Grasse. It takes its name from Saint Vallier, former bishop of Antibes martyred in the 4th century, and from the mountain that dominates it, the Thiey.
Today, Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey has retained its tourist vocation, unveiling a natural and architectural heritage of great interest and which lasts for centuries. Rich in history and traditions, this old medieval city will not fail to seduce you with its warmth and its authenticity.
By visiting the old city of Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey, you will be able to discover many monuments and other tourist sites rich in interest. Thus, the church of Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption will seduce you with its nave of the thirteenth century, as well as with its bell tower of the eighteenth and bell-tower of the XIXe century. Formerly fortified and greatly enlarged in the seventeenth century, it presents in its interior a very beautiful carved wooden altarpiece and paintings of the seventeenth century. There are also charming chapels in the town, including that of the Holy Spirit of the seventeenth century and that of Sainte-Luce of the first half of the sixteenth century. The latter still shelters today a well of miraculous reputation against the evils of belly.
Classified as Historical Monuments, Castellaras de la Malle consists of a dry stone wall built in the Iron Age. It is the most spectacular and most important of the department, and takes place at 1,200 meters of altitude. There are also dolmens, tumuli, oppidums and pseudos-megaliths.
Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey hosts an important network of caves arranged for tourism, like the cave of Baume Obscure. It offers nine rooms to visit for a 500 meter course up to 50 meters deep. Do not miss the cave of the Audides and its course with reconstruction of life-size scenes. Around the town, it is also possible to see bories and huts in dry stone, formerly used for agricultural purposes.
Do not forget to visit the Bastide d'Arbouin, listed in the Historic Monuments. The building has, among other things, a lake, an old icebox, terraced gardens, a sheepfold, a dovecote, a bread oven and can also be visited from the inside.
In the city, a bust of Napoleon Bonaparte installed on a fluted column with Corinthian capital was erected in 1869. It testifies to the passage of the emperor following his return from the island of Elba.
There are plenty of places to walk, such as the botanical trail and its vivarium, or the many hiking and horse-riding trails that surround the town of Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey.
It is possible to discover several workshops of artisans in the town, such as a ceramist, a wood turner, or even a painter.
The weekly market takes place on Friday mornings. Empty granaries take place several times a year. A night market is organized in July and August. In December, the city offers its Christmas market.
At the beginning of June, Festi'rock offers concerts in a festive atmosphere.
In July and August, the Summer Evenings are an opportunity to attend different shows in the town.
In August, the city hosts the car's outdoor lounge.
The patron saint festival of Saint-Constant takes place in August.
An antique and craft fair is also held in August.
In September, place at the festival of the canal.