Typical Provencal Villages

La Cadière d'Azur    

 

This is an authentic Provencal village to discover dawdling in the alleys, where you would have a panoramic view on the lush countryside and on the vineyards.You can visit the oil-press of Moulin Saint-Côme...

  • La Cadiere d'Azur southwest of Var, very close to the Mediterranean, is a Provencal village perched character.Panoramic views to discover under a blue sky, the lush countryside with the distance, the range of the Sainte Baume. 
  • Its brightness has been immortalized by famous painters Lucien Fontanarosa, André Favory, Robert Lemercier ... Medieval City of exception it is also the geographical capital of the vineyard of the AOC Bandol.
  • The gate of Saint John is in the heart of the village, next to the Town Hall. In the middle ages, it was the main access to the village. We can still admire its leaves dated 1561 and adorned with a considerable number of old nails (leaves in the inventory of Historical Monuments).
  • The door of the glue on the other hand, opened formerly on the Hill, from the Provençal word "Coualo", has become today glue. On the right, the municipal home before which stood a fountain called "The hole of the ban" where residents shopped in fresh water.

Le Castellet

Perched on a wooded hill above the vineyards, this remarkable walled city offers an attractive view towards La Sainte-Baume.

Inside the village's well preserved ramparts, you can stroll around its cobbled streets & visit many art & craft workshops.

  • The medieval village of Castellet is located in the center of Beausset basin halfway between Marseille and Toulon. Outlying a dozen kilometers from the sea, its walls overlooking the surrounding plains and the route of ancient origin, mentioned in 977 and connected the two cities.
  • The soil was frequented in the Neolithic. From the 1st century Roman conquest materialized throughout the land by planting large areas around the villages producing oil and wine, of which we find traces in the three lowland villages of the municipality, the Plan, the Brûlat and St. Anne du Castellet.
  • While in times of insecurity, the people came together on the rocky outcrop within the Castrum Castellet, then in the village (which overflowed twice its enclosure) in times of peace, the population has returned to the plain. The farmers then sought to live on their land in order to avoid long journeys to the village.
  • The various elements of the medieval castrum Castellet are one of the villages of the coast that has best preserved structures of its origin.
  • The visitor enters today by the two gates in its old walls and has to be guided by its winding streets towards the imposing castle and church.