Tourisme Opio

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Opio sits alongside a small coastal river in the Upper Brague valley, and is a commune composed of residential areas, golf courses and terraced cultivation, mainly olive trees. The village, whose name refers to an oppidum, a fortification on high ground in Antiquity, sits rather unassumingly up on its hill but there is a larger built-up area in the hamlet of Saint-Pierre with its public wash-house. Opio, which was known as Opia until the sixteenth century, has been inhabited for a very long time. In the late tenth century, Rodoard, comrade-in-arms to the Count of Provence, was given some lands in the diocese of Antibes. He founded an estate that he shared with his vassals. Through marriage with the daughters of minor local lords, his children gained more and more possessions. The feudal lands extended way beyond the borders of the present-day commune. Two churches were built and given to the Bishop of Antibes. After the crises in the Middle Ages, the territory proved difficult to repopulate, which explains why the site where the castle once stood and where Sainte-Trophime church now is, didn’t expand and become a larger village. The land was farmed by the inhabitants of neighbouring communes on behalf of various wealthy owners, including the bishops of Grasse, the best known of whom is Antoine Godeau, member of the French Academy, who became lord of Opio under Louis the thirteenth. The bishops founded a large bastide in the village, which now houses the town hall. Other bastides, like la Bégude, la Grande Bastide and San-Peiré, all in the centre of large rural estates, played an important role in the local economy. Like the photographer Jacques Henry Lartigues, you’ll be charmed by the rural heritage of Opio and the wonderful views of the Pays de Grasse from the village.

Practical information Opio

Opio Tourist Office
Carrefour de la Font-neuve
06650 OPIO
Tel: +33 (0)4 93 60 61 72