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Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Alpes-Maritimes

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.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude43.6985210 (N 43° 41’ 55”)
Longitude6.8479560 (E 6° 50’ 53”)
AltitudeFrom 460m to 1542m
Surface area50.68 km²
Population3582 inhabitants
Density70 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureNice (55 km, 51 min)
Insee code06130
IntercommunalityCA du Pays de Grasse
TerritoryAlps, French Riviera
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Cabris8.6 km (11 min)
Saint-Cézaire-sur-Siagne9.9 km (15 min)
Spéracèdes10.9 km (15 min)
Caussols11 km (16 min)
Le Tignet12.5 km (17 min)
Grasse14 km (21 min)
Peymeinade14.3 km (20 min)
Châteauneuf-Grasse16 km (24 min)
Escragnolles16.9 km (17 min)
Opio18 km (26 min)
Le Bar-sur-Loup18.5 km (28 min)
Le Rouret19.7 km (27 min)
Andon21 km (27 min)
Auribeau-sur-Siagne21 km (33 min)
Gourdon22 km (28 min)

Things to see and do

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.

Places of interest

Leisure centres

Events and festivities

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.


Church Square
Church Square
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Arts & Crafts: studio woodturning in Saint-Vallier
Arts & Crafts: studio woodturning in Saint-Vallier
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Monday 23 october
Min. 6°C - Max. 18°C
Tuesday 24 october
Min. 6°C - Max. 21°C
Wednesday 25 october
Min. 8°C - Max. 21°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Rock Climbing in Cabris (15 mins. From Grasse)
Sports sensations30 € Cabris (5.2 km)
Canyoning Adventure at the Siagne de la Pare – Departing from Saint-Cézaire-sur-Siagne (30 mins. From Grasse)
Sports sensations65 € Saint-Cézaire-sur-Siagne (6.6 km)
Rock Climbing at the Siagne Gorges – Departing from Saint-Cézaire-sur-Siagne (30 mins. From Grasse)
Sports sensations30 € Saint-Cézaire-sur-Siagne (6.6 km)
Perfume Creation Workshop – the Historic Fragonard Factory in Grasse
Arts and Crafts65 € Grasse (7.5 km)
Molinard Perfume Creation Session – Perfumery in Grasse
Arts and Crafts69 € Grasse (7.8 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Siagne valley
HikeIntermediate2h30Le Tignet (6.5 km)
Défens Wood and the Siagne Gorges
HikeIntermediate3h00Callian (7.9 km)
Paradise Circuit
HikeIntermediate3h30Le Bar-sur-Loup (11.4 km)
The Tanneron Ridges
HikeIntermediate4h30Tanneron (12.2 km)
Peak of the Eagle
HikeIntermediate3h30Thorenc (12.4 km)


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