Antipolis is situated in the middle of the Telecom Valley that reaches
from Milan to Valencia. Blessed with an exceptional environment and
bordered by the Provencal villages of Biot, Valbonne, Mougins and Vallauris,
Sophia Antipolis is at the centre of a surface formed by Cannes (15km),
Antibes (8km) and Nice (22km) along the coast and Grasse (16km) inland.
Highly attractive to entrepreneurs, investors and professionals in all
fields, Sophia Antipolis currently ranks among the leading
science parks in Europe.
to get there?
One of the advantages of the Sophia Antipolis science park is the ease
of access since it is located at the heart of an international communication
Nice Riviera Airport: 22 km from Sophia Antipolis lies the second
French Airport after Paris. 45 airlines serves 90 destinations in 27
countries. There are direct flights to four continents. Coming
by plane, hiring car
A8 autoroute: the fast coastal highway connects Sophia Antipolis
with many cities in Southern Europe. Barcelona, Milan, Marseilles, Genoa,
Rome are just a few hours drive away.
The TGV-train: The high speed train TGV connects the region with
Avignon, Lyon, Grenoble, Geneva. Paris is less than seven hours away.
The port of Marseilles: This busy port gives direct access to
the Middle East and Africa
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When in Sophia how to find your way.
get lost in Sophia Antipolis. It's a fact no one denies. Even regular
visitors to Sophia Antipolis fumble around in their hired cars in never
ending series of look alike roundabouts. This
is due to the character of the park – a logic consequence of the
idea of a widespread campus in the pine-scented valleys at this very
special part of the French Riviera, between the mouth of the Var River
in the east and the Esterel mountains in the west. This area - no more
than 25 by 20 square kilometers is blessed with a unique topography
and vegetation consisting mostly of the characteristic parasol-shaped
pine trees. This undulating landscape, where nature and not straight
roads and square cut blocks has shaped the park. Maybe an analogy with
the basic ideas behind Sophia where creativity cannot be planned, where
new knowledge cannot be centralized.
Practical hints read more
Sophia Antipolis Science Park stretches over 5700 acres. The quality
of the environment was seen as a priority as this aspect enhances
the quality life at work. Two thirds of the area of the park are
therefore maintained as green space and one third is devoted to
activity, dwelling and recreational areas. In order to better
accommodate new companies, the Science Park is set to increase
in size to 11,000 acres while retaining its character as a protected
Côte d´Azur, the European cultural, research and leisure
capital, offers each year, events with a world-wide reputation,
such as the Cannes Film Festival, the Jazz Festivals in Antibes
/Juan les Pins and Nice. All year around there are open air concerts
in squares, castles and other mediaeval buildings The Côte
d´Azur has today more than 70 museums and some 100 art galleries.