Area InfoVillas for rent in Plascassier
Among the Cote d’Azur villages none is as alluring as Valbonne, the former Roman settlement of Valis Bona or ‘beautiful valley’. Nestling along the banks of the River Brague, Valbonne is defined by shaded streams and the forested hills of the Parc Natural with the mountains of the pre-Alps rising in the background. Unlike many villages of the Cote d'Azur which follow the mountain contours, Valbonne is constructed on a grid pattern, in true Roman fashion, enclosed by old town walls. Within the walls are picturesque streets of ancient stone houses, differentiated by their wooden studded doorways and painted shutters. At the heart of the grid is the Place des Arcades, a magnificent medieval cobbled town square surrounded by wide arches under which cool bars and gourmet restaurants compete for attention. The lively restaurant scene of Valbonne becomes a magnet for holiday makers staying at the exclusive private villas dotted among the neighbouring villages of Opio, Roquefort and Plascassier.