Draguignan war bis 1975 die Hauptstadt des Departements Var, wo sie ihren Titel an Toulon verlor. Draguignan ist wegen seiner Lage in einer sehr fruchtbaren Gegend ein perfektes Urlaubsziel. Hier hat man einen sehr guten Ausgangspunkt für Ausflüge in der Gegend mit stimmungsvollen kleinen mittelalterlichen Dörfern, Weinbau und Olivenhainen. Hier ist es auch nicht von den wilden Bergschluchten Gorges du Verdon und Gorges de Châteaudouble, die eine etwas kleinere Ausgabe von Verdon ist.Details über Draguignan Alle Ferienhäuser - Draguignan
Am interessantesten ist die mittelalterliche Altstadt, die von einer schönen Platanenallee umgeben ist. Die Straßen in der Altstadt sind interessant auch wenn sie nicht denselben mittelalterlichen Charakter wie in den kleinen Dörfern haben. Das Wahrzeichen, das die Altstadt dominiert, ist ein 24 Meter hoher Glockenturm, Tour de l’Horloge, von 1663 mit dem klassischen Kampanile aus Schmiedeeisen oben auf der Spitze. In der Kirche Eglise de St-Michel mit Holzdach auf dem Platz Place de la Paroisse, gibt es eine Statue von St. Hermentaire, der in der Überlieferung einen terrorisierenden Drachen im 5. Jahrhundert umgebracht hat. Der Name der Stadt stammt jedoch nicht von dem Drachen, sondern aus der römischen Zeit, wo man davon ausgeht, dass Draguignan vom Personennamen Draconius herrührt. Auf dem Platz neben der Kirche findet jeden Samstag einen riesigen Markt statt.
In der Rue de la Juiverie steht noch die Fassade einer alten Synagoge, die das letzte Andenken an einer großen jüdischen Gemeinde ist, die im Mittelalter hier ihre Blütezeit hatte. Am Stadtrand von Draguignan gibt es einen großen amerikanischen Friedhof, Cimetière Américain, mit vielen weißen Kreuze in geraden Reihen, die an den Kämpfen erinnern, die nach dem Landgang der alliierten Truppen in der Provence im August 1944 stattfanden. Hier kann man z.B. eine sehr stilreine Kapelle besichtigen, die von Innen sehr schön von einem amerikanischen Mosaikkünstler ausgeschmückt ist.
In der Stadt gibt es außerdem zwei gute Volkskundemuseen: Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires de Moyenne Provence, die eine umfangsreiche Ausstellung über traditionelle Methoden der verschiedenen Handwerke und der Landwirtschaft dieser Gegend zeigt. Und Musée Municipal, wo man Werke von Rembrandt und Renoir sehen kann.
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The Riviera’s third largest town. The old town in Antibes is highly interesting with its covered market, beautiful marina, Picasso museum and Marineland, with dolphins and killer whales.
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 red wines, some of the best in Provence, but there are also outstanding white and rosé wines in this district. From the harbour there are boat trips to Ile de Bendor.
The most fashionable town on the French Riviera with its long elegant promenade La Croisette and the luxurious Hotel Carlton. Lying across from Cannes is Iles de Lérins, two charming flower filled little islands, Ste-Marguerite and St-Honoret. Ste-Marguerite, the island closest to the mainland is almost covered in pine forest. It is particularly renowned because of ”the man with the iron mask” who was imprisoned here and whose identity is still unknown. At St-Honoret there is a beautiful old monastery, dating from the 11th century. In earlier times, St-Honoret was a religious centre for southern Europe and the monastery owned most of the land along the Mediterranean including Cannes. The island is still inhabited by monks. A museum and a church can be visited by the public.
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 nice little beaches. From the harbour there are tour boats several times a day. Les Calanques is an absolute must. It is strongly recommended to take the Route des Crètes, which winds up and down, ending in la Ciotat. One fantastic view after the other – just fabulous.
Collobrières hides behind pine forests and mighty chestnut trees in the very green massif, Massiv des Maures. The town is well known for its candied chestnuts, marons glacés. Collobrières, is intersected by the river, Real Colloubrier, and is very much worth a stop.
The medieval village Fayence is set beautifully on a hillside, 25 km northwest of Cannes in the department of Var. A charming town, definitely worth a visit.
Has almost grown together with the neighbouring town St-Raphaël. In Fréjus one can find a characteristic French promenade with nice, little cafés and a multitude of restaurants, bars and discos, seething with life every night. The marina is the normal meeting point in the evenings, and here there is a really good atmosphere. In Fréjus there are quite a few Roman monuments, among other things a small arena which is still used for concerts and bullfights. One can also find a big amusement park with a Marineland.
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.
The French centre for perfumes, producing perfume extracts and essences. Grasse is beautifully situated at 333 metres altitude, in the hinterland of Cannes. The old city is very exciting with a labyrinth of streets and narrow passages. Here, there is a multitude of small, interesting boutiques.
Grimaud is a very nice little town with narrow streets, idyllic squares and old stone houses. At the top of the town there is a medieval castle, dating back to the 11th century (historical monument) and from here the views are just magnificent.
Hyères is one of the nicest towns on Côte d’Azur. Hyères offers a very nice old town with beautiful and interesting houses. It is well known for its palm industry - Europe’s biggest. Big boulevards lined with palm trees lead into the town. From Hyères one can see the subtropical islands, Iles d’Or, a true paradise of unspoilt natural scenery. Iles d’Or consists of three islands: Porquerolles, Port-Cros and le Levant. Porquerolles is the biggest and without question the most interesting. There are wonderful sandy beaches all over, but plage d’Argent and plage de Notre-Dame are clearly outstanding. One can hire bicycles and drive around the pine and eucalyptus forests without meeting a single car. Porquerolles is car free. The drive to the lighthouse is very beautiful. There are ferry boats from the little town la Tour-Fondue at the point of the Presqu’île de Giens.
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.
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.
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: http://www.logisduguetteur.com/uk/indexuk.htm.) Then, a little outside Les Arcs, there is the Chapelle Ste-Roseline, where one can see a shrine with the relatively well preserved relics of Sainte Roseline. The chapel displays a great many exquisite renaissance and baroque details, as well as a famous mosaic of Chagall. Close by is the Château Ste-Roseline, famous for its outstanding rosé and white wines: www.sainte-roseline.com/accueil/accueil.php?LangueSite=en.
A nice little beach resort with a beautiful marina, not too overrun by tourists.
A typical Provencal mountain village, situated at 364 metres altitude. Christain Dior had a summer residence in this village.
A fantastic, medieval mountain village beautifully situated. Here one can also find one of the most famous restaurants in France, Moulin de Mougins.
The main city in the department of Alpes Maritimes, France’s fifth biggest city and the most important city on the Riviera. Famous for its beautiful location by the Baie des Anges, surrounded by mountains, Nice first of all offers a very interesting old city, the magnificent promenade, Promenade des Anglais, the museum of modern art and Chagall and Matisse museums.
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.
A typical Provencal medieval village set in beautiful natural surroundings. From St-Paul there are several marked walking trails along the Riouviard River.
This town has almost grown together with the neighbouring town, Fréjus. Since the middle of the 19th century St-Raphaël has been a popular holiday resort with nice, sandy beaches, marina and good shopping facilities. It was at this place Napoleon landed on his way back from Egypt in 1799, and so did the French- American troupes in 1944. One of the greatest sights in the town is a Templar’s church, dating back to the 12th century.
Originally St-Tropez was a small, humble, fishing village, until Brigitte Bardot, Françoise Sagan and other celebrities discovered the town in the 1950’s and pulled in the whole jet set. In high season (August), around 80,000 tourists arrive at this extraordinary holiday resort. Despite this “big circus” in the summer, the town is definitely worth a visit.
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/
Vence, like St-Paul-de-Vence, is one of the really big pearls in the hinterland of Nice and Cannes and has also one of the most beautiful locations. The town’s greatest tourist attraction is the Chapelle du Rosaire, better known as the Matisse chapel.