Draguignan


Draguignan

Draguignan was the capital of the department of Var until 1975, when it lost its title to Toulon. Draguignan is, due to its delightful situation in a very green area, an ideal place for a holiday. It is a good starting point for trips to the surrounding country side, with its charming medieval villages, vineyards and olive groves and to the wild canyons - Grand Canyon du Verdon (to the north) and Gorges de Châteaudouble (12 km to the north), a smaller version of Verdon canyon.


Street in Draguignan

The main interest of Draguignan lies in its medieval quarter, which is encircled by beautiful avenues of plane trees.

The streets in the old town are interesting, despite the fact that they do not have the same medieval character as the smaller villages. Draguignan’s landmark, a 24 metres high bell tower, Tour de l’Horloge, from 1663, dominates the old town with its classical wrought iron campanile on top. Eglise de St-Michel at Place de la Paroisse with its wooden roof has a statue of St. Hermentaire, who is said to have killed a terrorising dragon in the 5th century. The name of the town originates from this dragon. At the square next to the church there is every Saturday a huge market.

In Rue de la Juiverie one can see the facade of a synagoge, the last memory of an important Jewish society, that flourished in Draguignan in the Middle Ages.

At the outskirts of Draguignan you can find a big American churchyard, Cimetière Américain, with a great many white crosses in meticulous rows, a testimony to the fights which took place when the allies landed in Provence in August 1944. Here you can visit a very simple chapel, beautifully decorated inside by an American mosaic artist.
Draguignan

In the town there also are two good local museums: Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires de Moyenne Provence, home to a vast exhibition of traditional handicraft and tools and Musée Municipal, whose collection contains paintings of Rembrandt and Renoir, amongst others.

Maisons de vacances à Draguignan

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Belle maison avec piscine privée à Draguignan

Belle maison en pierre datant du début du XIX-siècle, située à la périphérie de la ville médiévale de Draguignan. La maison, située dans un quartier...

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Villa avec piscine à Draguignan

Villa pour 8 personnes située dans le cœur de Provence au nord de Draguignan. La villa offre des très belles vues sur la ville et sur le beau...

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Villa avec piscine à Draguignan

Grande villa pour 12-14 personnes située dans le cœur de Provence au nord de Draguignan. La villa offre des très belles vues sur la ville et sur le...

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Grande villa avec piscine à Draguignan

La propriété est située à 5 km du centre de Draguignan qui est une très belle ville et à la sortie avec une population de 30.000 habitants. Il y a...

Possibilités d’excursions en Draguignan
The harbour in Bandol
Bandol

Bandol lies between Marseille and Toulon and is one of the most important beach resorts in the Var department. It is a nice town with a very attractive promenade and a lively marina. Bandol is also one of the oldest wine districts in France. It was the Romans who planted the first vines here, 2550 years ago. Bandol is most well known for its fine...

Stone church in Bargème
Bargème

Bargème is set, somewhat isolated, on top of the Montagne-du-Brouis and it is the highest located town in the Var department. Here one can find the ruins of a castle, dating back to 1225. One of the towers is intact but there has been no attempt to rebuild the rest. A decision has been made to leave the ruin as it is. South of town there is a big...

Bargemon
Bargemon

Bargemon is a lively town, popularly frequented by tourists who enjoy life in the town’s many nice restaurants.

The old harbour in Cassis
Cassis - Les Calanques

Cassis is a charming fishing port, situated between two large protected nature reserves: Cap Canaille, Europe’s biggest cliff (going directly into the sea) with its 416 metres and les Calanques, the protected rocky coast from Cassis to Marseille. There are twelve narrow deep inlets with crystal clear water. At the bottom of these inlets there are...

Cavalaire

Cavalaire is a small coast town in the southern part of the Var department. Cavalaire has a 3 km long beach and a huge marina for 1200 boats. One can sail to the Hyères islands. The local rosé is very good.

Grand Canyon du Verdon - Gorges du Verdon

Situated between Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Var. The breathtaking canyon, Gorges du Verdon, is one of Europe’s greatest nature wonders - an outstanding nature experience that one must experience. At the Verdon river, which is cutting 700 metres down into the cliff, one can go hiking, climbing, canoeing and rafting.

La Môle
La Môle

The little town La Môle is situated southwest of Cogolin in the Massif des Maures. Here, a main attraction is the Water Park Niagara: http://www.parcniagara.com/. The park offers lots of activities including climbing walls and seven water slides. Both a bar and a restaurant can be found on location. On the hilltop of Sainte Madelaine, north of...

Lac de St-Cassien
Lac de St-Cassien

In the lake, Lac de St-Cassien, one can practice swimming and wind surfing and one can hire water cycles, pedalos etc. For anglers, carp fishing is fantastic.

Fort de Brégancon
Le Fort de Brégançon

The Fort de Brégançon, The French President’s summer residence, lies on a small cliff out in the water near the little village Cabasson, at the foothills of Bormes, one of the most beautiful places in the commune of Bormes-les-Mimosas.

Beach in Le Lavandou
Le Lavandou

Le Lavandou lies between Toulon and St-Tropez. Le Lavandou is a little seaside resort with large sandy beaches, numerous small, nice inlets and a very lively harbour.

Stone houses in Les Arcs
Les Arcs

Les Arcs has two main attractions. First there is the medieval quarter (pedestrian) with its narrow alleys, idyllic squares and numerous arches (Arcs), which have given the name to the town. (In the remains of a medieval castle one can find the exclusive hotel pension and restaurant, Le Logis du Guetteur:...

Mons
Mons

The medieval village Mons lies at the top of a big cliff, one of the highest lying villages in Var. From Mons there are views of the Italian Alps and the Iles de Lérins, off from Cannes, and – if the weather is clear early in the day – Corsica.

Port Grimaud
Port Grimaud

With its channels and narrow quay streets, Port Grimaud is Venice in France - a real draw and definitely worth a visit. There are also quite a few restaurants.

St-Paul-en-Forêt

A typical Provencal medieval village set in beautiful natural surroundings. From St-Paul there are several marked walking trails along the Riouviard River.

Town houses in Vallauris
Vallauris

Vallauris has been a city with pottery traditions ever since Roman Times., traditions which were later carried on by Italian potters from Grasse. Picasso has also worked in a pottery in this town. Today the town houses an exciting Picasso museum: http://www.musee-picasso-vallauris.fr/

Actvités en/à Draguignan
  • Musical entertainment in the summer.
  • Festivals (¨Dragifolies).
  • Markets.
  • Golf – There are lots of golf courses in the department of Var. Most of the courses can be found on the French golf union’s website. Unfortunately the website is in French. Seek under Guide de golfs and then under the region Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur: http://www.ffgolf.org/#
Sites à visiter en/à Draguignan
  • Pierre de la Fée: Northwest of the town there is a huge prehistoric dolmen.
  • Tour de l’Horloge from 1663.
  • i>Musée des Arts et traditions Populaires de Moyenne Provence: The museum is situated in buildings from the 17th century. Here life in the countryside is illustrated by reconstructed kitchens and barns.
  • Eglise St-Michel.
  • Musée Municipal: Paintings of Rembrandt and Renoir as well as collections of ceramics and furniture.
 
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