Exploration of Biot’s small historic center begins at place des Arcades, where you can see the 16th-century gates and the remains of the town’s ramparts. The Musée d’Histoire et Céramique Biotoise, 8 rue St-Sebastien (www.musee-de-biot.fr; tel. 04-93-65-54-54), has assembled the best works from local artists, potters, ceramists, painters, and silver- and goldsmiths. Hours are mid-June to mid-September Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm, and mid-September to mid-June Wednesday to Sunday 2 to 6pm. Admission is 4€, 2€ for seniors and students, and free for children 16 and under.
Outside of town, the excellent Musée National Fernand Léger, 316 chemin du Val de Pôme (www.musees-nationaux-alpesmaritimes.fr/fleger; tel. 04-92-91-50-20), displays a comprehensive collection of the artist’s colorful creations, from 1930s Cubist ladies to circus scenes of the 1950s. Some 400 sq. m (4,305 sq. ft.) of mosaics, while modernistic stained-glass windows pour light inside. Hours are Wednesday to Monday May to October 10am to 6pm, November to April 10am to 5pm. Admission is 5.50€, 4€ for students and seniors, and free for ages 25 and under. Also on site are temporary exhibitions and a cafe garden.
The very zen Musee du Bonsaï, 299 chemin du Val de Pôme (www.museedubonsai-biot.fr, tel. 04-93-65-63-99), is located just around the corner. Cultivated by father and son team Jean and Karol Okonek, more than 1,000 sq. m (1,076 sq. ft.) of Japanese-style gardens are dedicated to bonsai trees collected from as far afield as Australia and China. It’s open Wednesday to Monday from 10am to noon and from 2 to 6pm. Admission is 4€, 2€ for students and seniors. Note that the museum is closed from early January until the third week of February.
Especially for Kids
Just south of Biot sits a kid-tastic complex of theme parks. Aquasplash (www.marineland.fr) has more than 2km (1.25 miles) of waterslides, including toboggan-style Rainbow Cannon and the Side Winder. Adventure Golf is criss-crossed by two dinosaur-dotted miniature golf courses. And, newest of the bunch, Kid’s Island caters to animal-loving little ones, with pony rides and a petting zoo, plus plenty of jungle gyms and a Magic River. Admission is as follows: Aquasplash 29€, 23€ children between 3 and 12; Adventure Golf 11.50€, 10€ children between 3 and 12; and Kid’s Island 14€, 11€ children between 3 and 12. All are free for children 2 and under. Aquasplash, Adventure Golf, and Kid’s Island all have varying opening hours, which stretch right into the evening in summer. In all cases, booking a ticket online before you visit saves around 30 percent on the same day ticket.
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