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Les Arcs sur Argens and Provence

 

 

The Var is a fabulous region in Provence in the south of France and the weather is glorious. There are so many things to do. La Cigaliere is a haven of quiet whilst just 25mins from the coast.

Les Arcs sur Argens is a delightighful local town. It has all the modern amenities – with a Hyper-U supermarket plus many other shops – but also has a beautiful medieval section at the top of a hill - fabulous for strolling and exploring.

The villa is only a half hour drive from the coast, with Ste Maxime and Ste Tropez offering plenty of opportunities for shopping and taking in the sights.

There are many other villages within a short drive or perhaps a cycle ride. Just drive out in any direction and you'll come across gems such as Flayosc, Lorgues, Tourtour, Villcroze and La Motte.

There are large areas of forest close by for picnics,and the foot-hills of the Alps to the north have breath-taking views. Famous Roman cities such as Frejus and Aix-en-Provence are also within easy reach.

The villa has a large guide book showing many of the restaurants, sights and other attractions. 

The villa offers enough for all families to have a fantastic holiday, with board games, TV, etc but should you wish, there are many days and months worth of places to visit.

Add the weather in that part of France and you have a truly superb area.

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Some Important Distances. Nearest:
  • Airport: Nice (75 km)
  • Train: Les Arcs-sur-Argens/Draguignan (4km)
  • Motorway: Le Muy exit 36 (5.5km)
  • Beach: Ste Maxime (28km)
  • Golf: La Motte (10km)
  • Restaurant: Les Arcs-sur-Argens (4km)
  • Skiing: Isola and surrounds north of Nice (2 hours)
  • Car: necessary
Cities and Towns:
  • Toulon - 45 mins by car
  • Nice - 1 hr by car
  • Marseille - 1.5 hr by car
  • Les Arcs-sur-Argens - 6km
  • Flayosc - 7km
  • Trans en Provence - 8km
  • Draguignan - 8km
  • Lorgues - 10km
  • Tourtour - 20km
  • Le Thoronet - 20km
     
 

Local Attractions and Amenities


         

Local Attractions:
  • Ruins
  • Churches
  • Restaurants
  • Cinemas
  • Winery tours
  • Caves

Sporting Pursuits:
  • Scenic drives
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
  • Tennis
  • Golf 

Family Fun:
  • Playground
  • Water parks
  • Theme parks
  • Zoo
  • Marina  

Local Services & Businesses:
  • Hospital
  • ATM/bank
  • Groceries 
             

A Brief History of Les Arcs sur Argens

 

Les Arcs was a Baronage and in March 1612 Louis XIII decided to confer the title of Marquis to Arnaud de Villeneuve de Bouliers, noble and baron of Arcs. If today Les Arcs is a modern village, pass through the Clock tower gateway and you will discover a medieval environment with its mixture of steep streets and old buildings.

The area between the 'sarrasine' tower (XIth century dungeon) and Paul Simon square, called the 'Parage', is the oldest in the medieval town. (XIth/XIIIth century). Jean HUGUES, the tourist office guide will be happy to bring this period back to life for you.'

Important medieval heritage with the 'Parage' and St Roseline chapel, the St Jean-Baptiste church with its crib and retable dating from 1501 with 16 Bréa compartments , Maison des Vins des Côtes de Provence (wine tasting centre), horse riding, canoeing-kayak, fishing.

Leave your car in the Town Hall square and walk. Just wander round the narrow streets. From the highest points looking over the village roof tops you can see the Maures and the Roquebrune rock.

You'll find the Parage tower, XIth century dungeon, remains of the ancient Arcubus Castrum and the St Pierre chapel from the XIIIth - XVth centuries, with its two naves and side chapels (exhibition spaces in summer).

Located outside of the village on the (D91), nestling at the foot of a hill among the vines of the St Roseline vineyard this classified monument dates from the XIIth century and holds the shrine and relics of St Roseline..

On the initiative of Marguerite Maeght, modern works of art have been added to the altar and cross which date from 1635 and the XIVth century Nativity retable. (A Chagall mosaic, a bronze lectern by Giacometti and stained glass by Ubac and Bazaine)

Next to the chapel we can find the cloister of the Celle-Roubaud abbey (private).

There are dozens of interesting villages and sights around and about. The famous Gorge du Verdon and beautiful Lac de Sainte-Croix are less than an hour by car. There are lots of hills to climb, forests to explore and interesting places to visit.