Tacoma's Sister City since 2012.
The Passion of Glass on the French Riviera.
Between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, with vast natural spaces, Biot-Sophia Antipolis is a French city with one foot in the past and another in the future. On one hand, with 10,000 inhabitants, the city of Biot has a significant part of the technopole Sophia Antipolis, with its innovative and international companies, actively involved in designing the contemporary face of the town. On the other hand, the historical center of the town has maintained its identity and quality of life, both inherited from its history. Arts and crafts are perceived by strolling through the cobbled streets where did Templars were living more than 800 years ago. Moreover, the free event “Biot and the Templars” annually hosts around 50.000 people.
Biot-Sophia Antipolis is also renowned since the 50’s as the “City of Glass”, thanks to the creativity of its glassmakers and its specific bubble glass. With two labels “Ville et Métiers d’Art” (“Craft’s city”) and the “Creative Tourism Network”, the city possesses a diversity of creators combined around the glass.
Biot is a very picturesque, popular medieval village, 4 km from the Mediterranean Sea between Antibes and Nice.