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Opio

 
The departement of the Alpes Maritimes - Pop.: 1.947 h.

Take route N7 then D2085 and D3, 24 km. from Nice, 8 km from Grasse
and 16 km from Cannes.
Opio, the town hall



In a "protected" site, in the middle of a marvellous Mediterranean environment - olive trees, pines, cork oaks, arbutus trees, heather - stands the miniscule perched village of Opio.



Opio, landscape

Thanks to an exceptional micro-climate, roses and jasmine are cultivated here for the Grasse perfume industry, while the Grande Bastide olive grove, one of the largest in the "departement", produces a delicious olive oil that you can buy at the Opio olive oil mill, one of the few such mills still operating in the region. It dates back to the 15th century.


Opio, belltower
With a name derived from oppidum (fortified town in Latin), Opio has a long history. It was a seigneury of the bishop of Grasse until the Revolution.

The village also has several remains from the Roman period, including a beautiful marble sculpture of a woman's head, currently on exhibition at the Grasse museum.


Opio, house
Those who choose to spend their holidays here won't be disappointed by this peaceful setting, perfect for long walks or horse-riding in the midst of 450 hectares of forest.

Golfers can combine business with pleasure: the Begude golf course premises are located in a former castle dating back to the 19th century, built on medieval foundations.


What to see:

St Trophisme church. (12th century, altered in the 15th century).
The 17th century residence of the Bishops of Grasse, with a beautiful stairwell.
Oil mill (15th century). Oratories.
Remains of the medieval monastery (Poudeirac quarter).
Begude cave (150 m long), Mayol cave (125 m long).



Leisure activities:

Hiking. Tennis. Opio-Valbonne 18-hole golf course.
Mosaic factory.



Accommodation:

Golf course hotel.
Holiday village.
Holiday club.
Campsite.



Neighbouring towns and villages:

Chateauneuf in Grasse (3km), Le Rouret (3km), Roquefort les Pins (5km), Valbonne (5km).







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