Tourisme Auribeau-Sur-Siagne

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On the left bank of the Siagne river, irrigated by the Frayère and Vivier streams where the rolling hills of the coast meet the steeper high ground, Auribeau-sur-Siagne is a charming, typical Provençal village surrounded by olive trees and mimosas. Perched on one of the foothills of the Tanneron mountains, it is built on a base of gneiss, a crystalline rock that has been used to build the houses in the village. That’s enough geology for now, let’s take a look at the origins of the name Auribeau. Some people think that the name comes from Auribello, which translates as “beautiful air”. Others think that it comes from the Latin Horrea, which means attic or warehouse. The village would have been one of the stopping off points on the Roman road called Ad Horrea that ran along the coast. But it’s all just supposition. What we do know is that the perched village dates back to the Middle Ages and was originally a settlement around a castle. We also know that there was a church at Valcluse around this time. Documents from the twelfth century in which the name Auribel appears, show that the Auribeau church estates belonged to the Bishop of Antibes. In the Middle Ages, the population built defensive fortifications around the village. The Portal Soubran, that you will go through on your way into the village, was part of these fortifications. The wars of the fourteenth century, exacerbated by the presence of armed gangs and epidemics, decimated the population. Auribeau became completely deserted. In fourteen ninety-seven, the provost of the chapter of Grasse and local lord repopulated the locality, including the village, with families from Ligurie but it was not until the eighteenth century when the parish church was built that the population of the commune really began to grow. The people that lived here were mainly peasants who used Mediterranean agricultural techniques and farmed the land right down to the plains of the Siagne river. In the nineteenth century, this traditional agriculture was replaced by the cultivation of plants for perfume. In the same period, the addition of the town hall, school and public buildings changed the appearance of the village. Take your time to stroll around and discover this charming village!

Practical information Auribeau-Sur-Siagne

Auribeau-sur-Siagne Tourist Office
Place en l'Aïre
Tel: +33 (0)4 93 40 79 56