Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey under snow, in February 2010
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Marc Delia|
|Area1||50.68 km2 (19.57 sq mi)|
|• Density||63/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||06130 /06460|
460–1,542 m (1,509–5,059 ft) |
(avg. 730 m or 2,400 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
It is located some 12 kilometres northwest of the famed perfume centre of Grasse on the D6085 highway.
Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey and its surrounding area are rich in stone megaliths (particularly great table-shaped stone dolmens) and Bronze Age relics, probably more than anywhere else in the South of France. The most impressive dolmen is called "Verdoline," just south of the village; it may date from as early as 4500 BC and its chamber measures some 1½ X 2 metres (5 X 6½ feet). Near this dolmen is the "Druids' Stone," a rock cylinder created by erosion.
Along the roads from Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey toward Saint-Cézaire-sur-Siagne and going west into the valley of the Siagne River a number of ancient tumuli burial mounds many may be seen.
Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey is home to the Riviera Cricket Club and Beausoleil Cricket Club.
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