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Places to Visit on the French Riviera

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In the heart of the var region and french riviera, esterel caravaning invites you to discover world famous towns such as cannes: host to the international film festival, saint-tropez : the town of stars and billionaires, nice and its angels bay or the principality of monaco.

Agay

The Esterel Caravanning campsite is 4km from the center of Agay in the Var

Things to see and do in Agay

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  • The Fountain “The Little Prince fountain” found in the parking lot of the Bastide of Agay where the shops are.
  • The flagship Baumette with his stele.
  • The Corniche d’Or and numerous creeks.
  • The Massif of the Esterel and peaks with amazing panoramic views.
  • The old station recently renovated, still inhabited today.
  • The Provençal market.
  • Place Togo, venue for boulistes and other annual events.
  • “The Island of the Vieilles” small islet off Cape Roux, accessible by boat or by swimming.
  • “The Golden Island”, which inspired “The Black Island” Hergé with its watchtower.
  • Scuba diving.
  • Boating and nautical activities.
From Esterel Caravaning it will take about 7 minutes to reach the center of Agay.

The town of Agay

Sheltered between Cap Dramont and the tip of the Baumette Agay is a natural gateway to the Esterel Mountains.

Its configuration is also very popular for water sports (Agay also means “favorable” in Greek). Enjoy its three sandy beaches and the top of Rastel and its red rocks overlooking the beautiful bay and offering a breathtaking panorama view.

Agay also has a small port area of 166 moorings, there are some available mooring spaces orthorisation is needed.

Upon arrival of the first railroad in 1860, Agay quickly took off and caught the attention of many artists who took inspiration from its beauty Valtat Louis, Vincent d’Indy, Maupassant, Maurice Donnay or St-Exupéry. In honor of the latter a fountain named Fountain for the Little Prince was built in Agay center.

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Ampus

At 50 km from camping Esterel Caravaning

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN AMPUS

The Saint Michel Parish Church
The Roche Aiguilles site
The chemin de croix
The Dolmen de Marenq
The Chapel Notre dame de Spéluque
The chemin de l’eau and the Fontignon canal
Mountain biking
Hitch hiking
Rock climbing
Historical (prehistoric and geologic) remains
Excursions to the Nartuby Gorges

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it takes around 1 hour to get to Ampus village. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Draguignan and exit at Le Muy, then cross Le Muy, Draguignan and Lentier before arriving at Ampus in the Var province.

AMPUS VILLAGE

At 50 kilometers from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find Ampus village, it jealously conserves its numerous traces from the past, medieval and roman. It’s full of charming little back streets that wind around the village enabling its visitors to discover its fountains and small shaded squares.

The village’s traditional little houses with pretty porches and its passage running around the Saint Michel church are of interest too. Halfway between the coast and the Verdon Gorges, Ampus has always been the crossroads to the sea and the mountains. Its name comes from elsewhere in Latin “Emporium” a term used for selling, a market place, in roman times Ampus was one of the largest market places in the region, even today the Ampus village is known for its local produce: truffles, wild mushrooms, goat’s cheese, olives and lavender honey, enough to delight the taste buds of all its visitors.

For a journey through history and to enjoy all the flavours of the south, Ampus is without question a place not to miss.

// Ampus //

Aups

70 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO AT AUPS

•   The Ursulines convent named “the Manor”
•   The Museum of the convent chapel
•   The Sarrasine Tower
•   The Clock Tower
•   The Gothic Collegial
•   The castle remains and castle walls
•   The old leper house
•   The Chapel Notre Dame de la deliverance
•   Walks and hikes

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to get to Aups village. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. When you arrive at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Draguignan. After exiting at Le Muy, cross through the le Muy village, des Arcs, Lorgues and Villecrozes before arriving at Aups.

Aups village

At 70 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find Aups village, situated at the foot of the Alps, at 500 metres altitude. The Aups village is often considered as the gateway to the Verdon, its closeness to the Gorges of Verdon and the lake Saint Croix makes Aups an ideal place to enjoy all the outdoor activities in the region like canoeing, rock climbing, hiking and rafting.

At 60 kilometres from the coast and only 80 km from the ski-slopes Aups is in an ideal area, the medieval village has picturesque streets, fountains and charming little squares. Its climate and healthy environment is a pleasure for all the visitors who take the time to stop off there.

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Bagnols-en-foret

24 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN BAGNOLS – EN- FORETt

•   The Gorges of Blavet
•   The Gourbachin Waterfalls
•   The Sainte Marie Chapel
•   The Art and Archaeology museum
•   Guided visits of the village
•   Guided walks in the Massif

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONSt

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it takes only 30 minutes to get to Bagnols en forêt. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. At Frejus follow the signs direction A8 then take direction Draguignan, then direction Bagnols en forêt.

Bagnols-en-Forêt

Bagnols en forêt is a small village situated 18 kilometres from Frejus and 24 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning, at the foot of the Massif of the Esterel. The village Bagnols en forêt wears its name well as it’s surrounded by 4290 hectares of forest. Perched at 3OO metres altitude Bagnols en forêt attracts all lovers of peace and tranquillity all throughout the year.

This calm ambiance comes after a not so calm history, the village was in fact an old roman refuge used at the time when the climate at Frejus was hostile and covered by wet lands. Bagnols en forêt was later pillaged and its people banished for over 80 years.

The village had to wait until 1477 to be rein-habited by 30 or so families, an initiative to urbanise the surrounding areas taken by the church in Frejus, certain descendants of these family pioneers still live in Bagnols en Forêt. Like all the villages in the Var the temperatures can be extreme in summer reaching 40°c.

The main place is shaded by its old trees and has many bars and restaurants with terraces for you to enjoy at Bagnols en forêt.

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Bargème

78 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN BARGEME

•   The surrounding walls from the 14th century
•   The Féodal castle
•   The Saint Nicolas church from the 9th century
•   The Chapel Saint Antoine
•   The Chapel Notre Dame des sept douleurs
•   The Chapel Saint Pétronille
•   The Chapel Saint Laurent

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to get to the Bagème village. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael, once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Draguignan. Exit at Le Muy – Draguignan then follow the directions Draguignan, Comps-sur-Artuby and then Bargème.

Bargème Village

At 78 kilometres from your camp site Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the medieval village Bargème. Bargème is at 1100 metres altitude and is the highest village in the Var. Situated at the top of a rocky hill its views dominate the fields and countryside, offering magical sights in all seasons.

Classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Bargème has exceptional historical buildings. For the lovers of ancient monuments and ruins Bargème is a must. It’s agitated past left the village partially destroyed by religious wars. The village is now a pleasant and peaceful place to enjoy a journey through the ages.

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Bormes les Mimosas

A 60 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN BORMES LES MIMOSAS

•   The Saint François de Paule Chapel
•   The Saint Trophyme Church
•   The Castle des Seigneurs de Fos
•   The Notre Dame de Constance Chapel
•   The Art and History Museum
•   The old village

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it will take 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to Bormes les Mimosas. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. At Frejus take direction Saint Tropez until Cogolin then follow the directions for Lavandou and then Bormes les Mimosas.

BORMES LES MIMOSAS

Situated at the point the furthest south of the Maures Massif, Bormes les Mimosas has two sides: the old village, flower filled back streets with little houses with pink rooftops and the on the other side its beautiful fine sandy beaches. In the heart of this medieval village, classed as one of the most beautiful in the Var and where on every street corner you’ll be amazed by its beautiful architecture, sculpted porches, paintings and beams, after discovering all that you can then cross the vineyards, the Cabasson, Estagnol, Pellegrin and the Favière beaches until you come face to face with the old fishing village where you’ll find the Brégancon Fort on a small island : the official retreat on the Cote d’Azur of the President of the Republic since 1968.

// Bormes les Mimosas //

Callian

40 KM OF ESTEREL CARAVANING

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN CALLIAN

•   The Chapel Notre Dame de la Rosee
•   The Chapel des Penitents
•   The Chapel Saint Donat
•   The Chapel Saint Goerg
•   The Waterfall
•   The medieval castle
•   The Church Notre Dame de l’ Assumption
•   Numerous very picturesque washing areas

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning, it will take 40 minutes to get to the Callian village. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Nice, exit at Fayence – Les Ardrets and follow the directions Fayence then Callian.

CALLIAN IN THE VAR

Callian is an authentic Var village, perched on a rocky green hill less than 40 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning. Built around the Castle Féodal the village looks over the valley below and reveals the Massif of the Esterel, Tanneron and also Montauroux, you’ll see its neighbouring village and the spectacular Saint Cassien Lake.

Protected by its surrounding nature which has been preserved the Callian village has resisted the assaults of time. Its castle, church and chapels date from the 9th and 11th centuries and are of exceptional historical value to the country. Its little streets cross and twist through the charming village and enable its visitors to see and discover all the wonders of Callian.

When you arrive at the very top of the hill you’ll have the treat of seeing the incredible panorama view over the valley. Not far from the Alps Maritimes and only 40 minutes from Cannes and Saint Raphael the Callian village often attracts personalities from all sectors; Christian Dior, who is buried in the area, the very much loved Sister Emmanuelle, Juliette Adam who all appreciated its calm tranquil living and the agreeable climate.

// Callian //

Cannes

40 KM OF CAMPSITE CARAVANING ESTEREL

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN CANNES

•  Guided visits and walks
•  The Suquet tower
•  The Lérins Abbey
•  The Saint Marguerite Royal Fort
•  The Chapel de la Trinité
•  Notre Dame de l’Assomption Church
•  Numerous pretty washing places

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS CANNES

From your camp site Esterel Caravanning it takes 45 minutes to get to the magical town of Cannes. When leaving Esterel Caravanning turn right direction Frejus Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Nice. Exit at Cannes.

Cannes

At only 40 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the mythic town Cannes and it’s Lérins islands. Long before it became the splendid internationally known sea front resort, Cannes was first built up in the hills that surround it; it was a rugged farming and fishing village often invaded by the Romans. Centuries later Cannes is now the capital of international cinema; its very famous Cannes Film Festival has been hosted in the town since 1946. The town specializes in welcoming personalities and celebrities and has proved that it can compete with the big cities like Paris.

Cannes now receives many requests throughout the year to host events. Cannes has two very distinct sides to it, the promenade with it’s jet set image (luxury yachts and hotels) and its more traditional side, its markets (Forville and in the Rue Meynadier), its historical patrimony and the islands. Cannes juggles with virtuosity luxury and authenticity.

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Cavalaire-sur-Mer

50 KM OF CAMPSITE CARAVANING ESTEREL

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN CAVALAIRE

•  A Pleasure flight in a ULM
•  Walks and hiking
•  The ancient railway: Train des Pignes

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning near Agay you’ll need 1 hour and 20 minutes to get to Cavalaire-sur-mer. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus, then take direction Saint Tropez, La Croix-Valmer and then direction Cavalaire-sur-mer.

Cavalaire-sur-Mer

At only 5O kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the charming resort Cavalaire-sur-mer, embedded in the bay that it gets its name from. Cavalaire is situated at the foot of the Massif des Maures. Surrounded by hills the town has an exceptionally good micro-climate with more than 300 sunny days a year. Its 3 kilometres of fine sandy beaches and its numerous little creeks, its clean sea waters make Cavalaire an exceptional internationally known destination.

Cavalaire-sur-mer is also famous for its many nautical facilities and it’s a water sports paradise. In the past Cavalaire was joined with the Gassin village but gained its independence in 1929 and played a major role in the allied invasion in Provence in 1944.

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Châteaudouble

50 KM FROM CAMPSITE ESTEREL CARAVANING

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN CHATEAUDOUBLE

•  The Notre Dame de l’Annonciation Church
•  The Guard tower dating from the 9th century
•  The Châteaudouble Gorges
•  Prehistoric caves: goats cave and the mouret cave
•  The ruins of The Château de la garde
•  Saint Michel de Favas Chapel
•  Saint Pierre Chapel
•  The grand lavoir (washing place)
•  The Sarrasine Tower
•  Walks and hiking
•  The Rebouillon hamlet and the Saint Trinity Chapel

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it will take 1 hour to get to the Châteaudouble village. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. When you arrive at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Draguignan, exit at Le Muy then cross the Le Muy village, the village Saint Esprit and follow the directions to Châteaudouble.

Chateaudouble

At 50 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning the village Châteaudouble is like an eagle’s nest embedded in top of the rock summit. The Chateaudouble village overlooks 130 metre high views over the Narbuby Gorges. Chateaudouble takes its name from the 2 castles built in its county, one on the top of the village and the other on the banks of the Narbuby.

Everywhere in the village the traces of the past have left their souvenirs, amazing all its visitors. A real treasure in the heart of a beautiful natural environment, Chateaudouble has conserved its typical Provencal charms and authenticity.

// Châteaudouble //

Cogolin

AT 40 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN COGOLIN

•  The 14 century clock tower and ruins from the fort
•  Ancient wind mill
•  The Saint Saviour church
•  The Saint Roch chapel
•  The Jules Raimu Museum
•  The medieval and templier museum (traditions in Maures)
•  The festival of the sea
•  Concert in old village
•  Horse riding
•  Bike rides

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning you need 1 hour to get to the Cogolin village. When leaving the Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael, once at Frejus take direction Saint Tropez then direction Cogolin.

Cogolin

The Provencal village Cogolin is only 40 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning and is situated between the coast and the foot hills of the Maures Massif in the Gulf of Saint Tropez. Cogolin has a mixture of ports, its old village, beaches and the marine’s base. The old village is calm and full of authenticity its small streets have the allure of a typical Provencal village and is a sharp contrast to its busy ports. The cafés bars and restaurants, the ports nautical leisure facilities offer joy and pleasure to all its visitors.

Cogolin is internationally known for its “savoir faire” in many domains the fabrication of pipes, made from wood from the forests in the Massif des Maures; they are the oldest manufacturers in the world. Also well known for their handmade rugs and wall papers some of which decorate the White house, the Elysée Palace and Versailles and assuring this little Provencal village its place on the map. The Provencal cuisine in Cogolin is also a reference with its famous Tarte Tropéizienne, Anchoïade and its Bouillabaisse.

// Cogolin //

Collobrières

AT 40 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN COLLOBRIERES

•  The Néogothique Church Notre dame des victoires
•  The old bridge from the 12th century
•  The ruins of the Saint Pons Church
•  The Menhirs de Lambert (stones)
•  The Verne Monastery
•  Numerous footpaths, hiking and mountain biking
•  The Notre dame des anges chapelle
•  The thousand year old Chestnut trunk

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

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Collobrières

At less than 80 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the small Provencal village Collobrières in the heart of the Maures Massif. Collobrières is famous for its horse chestnuts and for the fabrication of cork. In the calm inland countryside which is a vast contrast to the agitation on the coastline Collobrières has a gentle flowing river which flows through it called the Real Collobrièr.

Collobrières is considered the capital of chestnuts and has been making their famous marrons glacés for centuries, the village organises 3 fêtes 3 times a year to celebrate their famous chestnuts. Very attached to their traditions the village proudly conserves the bridge the old church ruins from the 12 century when the village was built. Built into the hillside it offers a magical view of the Massif des Maures.

// Collobrières //

Comps-sur-Artuby

70 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE 5 STARS

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN COMPS SUR ARTUBY

•  The Saint Andre church
•  The Saint Philomène church
•  The Saint Jean chapel
•  The Saint Didier chapel
•  The roman bridge
•  The ex – Chauvet wind mill
•  The Mauvais pont (the wrong bridge) on the Artuby River
•  Rafting, canoeing,Walks and hiking

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it takes just over 1 hour to get to the village Comps sur Artuby. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael, once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Draguignan. After exiting at Le Muy cross the Le Muy village then Saint Esprit, and Montferrat and follow the directions until Comps.

Comps-sur-Artuby

At less than 70 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the charming village Comps sur Artuby. It was first built on a rocky hill top but was destroyed by numerous invasions, Comps sur Artuby was rebuilt at the foot of the church which is now its centre. It’s still perched at 900 metres altitude in the regional natural park in Verdon, not far from the beaches and the coastline on the Cote d’Azur.

Comps sur Artuby has long been an important stop off place between the Alps and the Mediterranean coast. The ancient fortified village on the top of a rock is now a charming little village surrounded by the valleys of Jabron, Verdon and Artuby canyon. Its exceptional situation and closeness to Verdon makes Comps sur Artuby a privileged place for all lovers of nature, walks, hikers and those looking for adventure.

// Comps-sur-Artuby //

Cotignac

65 KM FROM THE ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN COTIGNAC

•  The Rock and its underground houses
•  The place du cours
•  The journey of Hop o my thumb
•  The sanctuary Notre dame de Grâces
•  Hiking, riding and footpaths
•  The Saint Joseph Chapel
•  The lavoir du cours (washing place)
•  The village fountains
•  The Parish Church de l’Annonciation
•  The Saint Martin Chapel
•  Wind mills
•  The Trompine cascade

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it takes just over 1 hour and 20 minutes to get to Cotignac. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael, once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Draguignan. After exiting at Le Muy cross the Le Muy village, des Arcs and Carcès before arriving at Cotignac.

Cotignac

At less than 70 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find this village of character Cotignac. The village is dominated by 2 large Sarrasine towers, traces from the fortification that harboured the village, these 2 towers have the particularity of having no access by the bottom, and certain say they have secret passages…

The villagers and soldiers hid in caves to protect themselves during invasions, some of these underground (caves) houses still exist today. This incredible location at the foot of an imposing rock, its past is so well preserved and its peaceful tranquil living makes Cotignac a stop off not to miss in the Var on the road to Verdon.

// Cotignac //

Fayence

AT 40 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT DO SEE AND DO IN FAYENCE

•  Its 12th century Château
•  The Notre dame des Cyprès Chapel from the 15th century
•  The Saint Jean – Baptist church from the 18th century
•  Doorway Sarrasine
•  The Clock tower
•  Guided tours of the old village (Thursdays)
•  Four du Mitan The villages 2 bread ovens
•  The Eco-museum agriculture and wind mills
•  The local history museum
•  The 1st European Glider centre
•  Hiking paths and mountain biking
•  Water sports on the Saint Cassien Lake
•  Horse riding
•  Rock climbing
•  Relaxation and fitness at the health Spa
•  The Four Seasons Golf Club

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning, it will take around 50 minutes to get to the typical Provencal village Fayence. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Nice, exit at Fayence – Les Ardrets and then follow the directions to Fayence.

Fayence

Fayence village is around 40 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning this lively village is situated halfway between the coast and the mountains at 45 minutes from the ski slopes and 30 minutes from the Mediterranean beaches. The Fayence village is at the head of 8 Villages that form one of the 43 cantons in the Var (local government).

From Roman times the peaceful charms of this village have always made it a great success, perched at 350 metres altitude Fayence has picturesque little streets that give a warm friendly welcome to all its visitors. Its closeness to the beaches, the mountains and the beautiful Saint Cassien Lake offers a large range of activities and leisure’s. The Fayence village is renowned throughout the world for having the 1st European flying centre that offer lessons and host competitions like the International Gliders Open.

// Fayence //

Flayosc

AT 40 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN FLAYOSC

•   Domaine des Treilles (monument historic)
•   Houses from the 16th and 17th centuries
•   The forts walls and gates
•   The village fountains
•   The lavoirs (the washing places)
•   The Monastery
•   The Chapels
•   The oil mills
•   The shoe factory

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it takes around 50 minutes to get to the Provencal village Flayosc. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus follow the signs direction Draguignan, then direction Flayosc.

Flayosc

Situated at 40 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning the Flayosc village is filled with charm and authenticity. Built on a small green hill Flayosc has a medieval history which has left way to calm and tranquil living in the very heart of the Massifs des Maures and the Esterel.

Perfectly situated between the coast and the mountains Flayosc is also the gateway to the Verdon Lakes and the hilltop villages in the region. 40 minutes from the beaches at Frejus and Saint Raphael and a neighbouring town to Draguignan, Cannes, Nice and Saint Tropez the Flayosc village offers all the advantages of a small Provencal village with the comfort of its proximity to everything to see and do on the Côte d’Azur.

Its place “place de la Republic” is shaded by Plane trees from the Massif and just next to a historically classed fountain. Conversations in all languages can be heard in this very sort after little village that attracts people from all over the world.

// Flayosc //

Fréjus

8 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN FREJUS

•  The roman theatre
•  Wind surfing and Kite surf
•  Luna Park (an amusement park)
•  Aqua-land the biggest water fun park on the Côte d’Azur
•  The Aurélien Park
•  The Villa Marie Garden
•  The remains of the roman aqueduct
•  The Saint Léonce Cathedral
•  The Saint François de Paule Chapel
•  The Notre dame de Jérusalem Chapel
•  The old Town
•  The Archéologique site du clos de la tour

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it takes 10 minutes to get to Frejus. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael, follow the signs to Frejus centre.

Fréjus

At 8 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the Frejus town, its strong history rich and full makes Frejus a town of culture, Frejus is an ancient Roman town and its roman theatre is still used today.

Forum Julii was the Roman name for Frejus and its famous theatre hosted gladiator tournaments and nautical games, with up to 10 000 spectators in its main arena. Numerous roman vestiges remain around the Frejus town giving you an instructive and cultural journey through time. Frejus is now a lively modern resort with numerous fine sandy beaches with life guard stations.

Every night at Port Frejus and Frejus Plage numerous night market merchants sell their typically Provencal produce and fashion items, it’s the ideal place to find the perfect souvenir from Frejus. Halfway between Cannes and Saint Tropez and the Massifs des Maures and the Esterel, Frejus juggles tourism with culture and authenticity.

// Fréjus //

Gassin

40 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN GASSIN

•  The 12th Century Château
•  The 15th Century Notre dame des Cyprès Chapel
•  The 18th Century Saint Jean-Baptiste Church
•  The Gateway Sarrazine
•  The clock tower with its view point over the Var

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning you need around 1 hour to get to the wonderful Gassin village. When leaving the Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael, once at Frejus take direction Saint Tropez then follow the directions to La Croix Valmer, then Gassin.

Gassin

At less than 40 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find Gassin, one of the prettiest villages in France. At 200 metres altitude, on a rocky hilltop that overlooks the Gulf of Saint Tropez and gives a splendid panorama view of the Massif des Maures and all of the Provencal countryside all the way to the snowy peaks in the Alps.

Trapped in time the village has preserved many of the traces from its past like the dozens of doorways dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, the oldest dates from 1422. The delightful little back streets turn and twist around the village allowing you to discover all the charms of Gassin village. You’ll even find the Androuno passage considered to be the smallest street in the world ; of course only one person at a time can pass there !

The richness of this village is found within its walls but also around it, its vineyards and Domain producing the very famous Côte de Provence wines very much appreciated by wine connaisseurs. Following the example of its neighbouring inland villages Cogolin and Grimaud, Gassin village has also branched out and developed its own Port on the coastline.

// Gassin //

Grimaud

40 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN GRIMAUD

•  The 11th century Saint Michel Church
•  The Pont des Fées (fairy bridge)
•  The 17th century Saint Roch Chapel
•  The wind mill Saint Roch 17th century
•  Notre dame des Queste 11th century
•  The Penitents Chapel 15th century
•  The castle walls and ruins

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning you need around 1 hour to get to the medieval village of Grimaud. When leaving the Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael, once at Frejus take direction Saint Tropez then follow thedirections to Grimaud.

Grimaud

At 40 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the village of Grimaud. In the heart of the Massif des Maures and just a few steps from the Gulf of Saint Tropez beaches. The Grimaud village has conserved its medieval feel and is very much appreciated by all its visitors.

Grimaud is situated on a rock peak that looks down over the coast and the Garde Freinet region. It was renowned for the quality of its defences up until the 17th century; the Grimaud castle was in command of the entire Gulf which was named at that time the Gulf of Grimaud until the end of the 19th century when it lost its influence to Saint Tropez. Today its panorama views, its medieval ruins, its typical little backstreets and the old village are all the force of Grimaud.

// Grimaud //

Hyères

100 KM FROM CAMPING CARAVAN ESTEREL

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN HYERES

•   The National Park Port Cros
•   The Botanical gardens
•   The Olbius Riquier Park
•   The Saint Bernard Park
•   The Saint Claire Park
•   The Gardens of the Park Hotel and the Casino
•   The Olbia Archaeological site
•   The walls and ruins of the castle
•   The Villa Noailles
•   The Estissac Fort
•   The Saint Agathe Fort

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it will take 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the Hyères and its golden islands. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. When you arrive at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Toulon then follow the directions to Hyères.

Hyères

At 100 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the sublime resort Hyères. It’s the town that inspired the name “Côte d’Azur” for the region given by Stéphane Liegeard in 1887, it’s also known as Hyères les Palmiers for its 7000 palm trees in and around the town. Hyères is spread out over 30 kilometres which makes it one of the largest communes in France. Hyèresis an ancient thermal centre, numerous personalities and the aristocracies went there for their health, benefiting from the waters and the exceptional micro-climate.

The influence of the English patients at the time marks the local architecture. Nowadays Hyères has conserved its particularity of being known for its many health establishments. Hyères was also the first town on the Côte d’Azur to plant exotic plants palm trees of course but also cactus and numerous exotic flowers. Facing Hyères on one of its islands you’ll see the Archipel des Iles d’Or a true paradise the 2 islands Port Cros and Porquerolles are partially protected by a National natural park and are the treasures of the Côte d’Azur.

// Hyères //

La Croix-Valmer

50 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO DO AND SEE IN LA CROIX VALMER

•   The House of the Fathers of Saint Esprit
•   The Villa Andalousie
•   The Manor
•   Villa Couadan
•   The Villa Turquoise
•   The Villa Louise
•   The Villa de la Croix
•   Horse riding and cycling
•   7 fine sandy beaches

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it will take 1 hour to get to the village La Croix Valmer. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. When you arrive at Frejus take direction Saint Tropez then La Croix Valmer.

la Croix-Valmer

The town La Croix Valmer gets its name from a legend which comes from roman times the Emperor Constantin was leaving for battle in a war against his step brother Maxence in 312 after J-C. He had a vision of a cross in the sky with the inscription “with this sign victory” in the place where the village was founded. In 1893 a cross was erected right where the legend started. After being considered as one of the Gassin suburbs,

La Croix Valmer gained its independence in 1934 and developed its resort. Today La Croix Valmer is a busy much appreciated tourist destination. Its preserved nature, its numerous beaches and nautical activities not to mention its vineyards makes La Croix Valmer a place not to miss. The town’s slogan says it offers “The quality of life” and its true its charm, tranquil living, its climate, 7 beautiful natural beaches and 220 Hectares of National Park are of exceptional quality.

// La Croix-Valmer //

La Mole

50 KM FROM CAMPING ESTEREL CARAVANING

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN LA MOLE

•   The picturesque road Crêtes
•   The Col du Canadel
•   The ruins of the first La Mole village
•   The 11th century Castle
•   The Verne Dam
•   The waterfalls
•   Walks, riding paths and mountain biking

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it will take 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the La Mole village. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. When you arrive at Frejus take direction Saint Tropez then Cogolin then follow the signs to La Mole.

La Mole

At 50 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the little village La Mole, embedded in the very heart of the Massif des Maures, not far from the coast.

The La mole village is often considered to be the gateway to the west of the Gulf of Saint Tropez. Antoine de Saint Exupéry author of the very famous Le Petit Prince gives a description of the family castle in La Mole in his oeuvre. It’s thought that the aerodrome used by many celebrities in the area is homage to Saint Exupéry. The Verne Dam at 3 kilometres from the village offers magical panorama views and depending on the times of year it’s the ideal place to catch sight of migrating birds and tortoises.

// La Mole //

La Motte

40 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPING

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN LA MOTTE

•   The Parish wind mill
•   The clock tower
•   The Saint Victor Church
•   The Tressavaou Place
•   Foot paths and riding paths
•   The local history and traditions museum
•   The Pizay wind mill
•   The Le Saut du Capelan waterfall

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it takes 1 hour to reach the Motte village. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus follow the directions to Draguignan then on to La Motte.

La Motte

At around 40 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning the little village of La Motte is planted into the side of a hill it’s a charming typically Provencal village with a preserved natural beauty. La Motte was the first Provencal village to be liberated by the allied forces in 1944.

La Motte is a rich historical village from antiquity to the invasion, La Motte has preserved its souvenirs from the past are share them today with pleasure. A modern dynamic village, you’ll love its sloping, flowery streets, its arches, stone buildings and fountains. It’s an ideal place to relax in, on the shaded terrace cafés. The south of the village has the river Narturby that runs through it and is bordered by the Endre to the east. La Motte offers breathtaking countryside and vineyards reputed for their wines AOC Côtes de Provence.

// La Motte //

Le Lavandou

70 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

// Le Lavandou //

Le Muy

24 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN LE MUY

•   The Chapel saint Pons Notre dame de la Roquette
•   The Museum of the Liberation
•   The Tower Notre Dame said “Tower Charles Quint”
•   The Provencal markets (Sunday and Thursday mornings)
•   Hiking, walks and riding
•   Rock climbing
•   The Gorges du Pennafort
•   The Saint Joseph Church
•   Water ski-ing on the Lake Rabinon
•   Wake park
•   The vineyards

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning you’ll need around 30 minutes to get to Le Muy. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take direction Roquebrune-sur-Argens then Le Muy.

Le Muy

At only 24 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find Le Muy between the Massif des Maures and the Massif of the Esterel. Le Muy cultivates its Provencal roots conserving its traditions and its Provencal Market every Sunday morning.

Its most important asset is its immense historical patrimony. The village is also surrounded by rivers and ponds and is situated in an ideal location to benefit from the treasures of the not too far Verdon region and the marvellous Gulf of Saint Tropez. Le Muy is fortunate to have many sporting and leisure facilities within proximity too.

// Le Muy //

Le Thoronet

50 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN LE THORONET

•   The Thoronet Abbey (a classed historical building)
•   The Castle – Fort from the 11th century Le Bourg Castral d’Envessènes
•   The Saint Marie Church
•   Saint Croix Canal
•   Canoeing and Kayak on the River Argens
•   Pathways, walks and hikes
•   Mountain biking

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it will take 50 minutes to get to Thoronet. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Draguignan. Exit at Le Luc – Le Cannet des Maures, you need to cross the Le Luc village and take direction Thoronet.

Le Thoronet

At around 50 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find Thoronet (in Celtic language) “The sacred place of the God Thor”. The Abbey Cistercian at Thoronet is a classified building and is one of the most beautiful in France, built between the end of the 12th and the beginning of the 13th centuries.

The Abbey is one of 3 “Provencal sisters” with the Abbey’s Sénanque and Silvacane. The purity of its structure and the extreme serenity that it inspires makes the Thoronet Abbey undoubtedly a prowess of Roman Provencal architecture. Its radiance was so great that the town was built around this religious edifice. That’s how the village of Thoronet came to light.

// Le Thoronet //

Les Adrets de l’Estérel

22 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN LES ADRETS DE L’ESTEREL

•   Riding and walking paths
•   Water sports on the Lakes Saint Cassien and Avellan
•   Its 17th century Church
•   The Esterel Museum (Art and Popular traditions)

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravanning it takes 30 minutes to get to the Adrets Village in the Esterel. When leaving Esterel Caravanning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Nice. Exit at Fayence – Les Adrets and follow the directions to Les Adrets. You can also take the national route from Frejus direction “Cannes – Les Adrets”

Les Adrets de l’Estérel

Les Adrets is a small village embedded in the heart of the Massif of the Esterel and only 22 kilometres from the beaches at Saint Raphael and 6 kilometres from those at Mandelieu. Les Adrets offers an exceptional panorama view over the sea and the splendour of the Esterel Massif. Bordered by  two lakes ,the Avellan and Saint Cassien, the village has numerous leisure activities within proximity, nautical sports, fishing, pedelo’s …

With 2600 habitants and numerous city dwellers who have chosen to live in tranquillity in this small preserved village not at all far from the towns Frejus, Saint Raphael, Cannes and Nice. Overlooked by Mont Vinaigre and the Esterel forest, composed of oak trees, pines and shrubs in this natural environnement where it’s not rare to spot wild bores, foxes and deer and experience the comforting sounds of the singing cicada’s in the air.

More and more tourists appreciate the plenitude of a visit to Les Adrets very often a stop off point before the Alps Maritimes and the Haut Var.

// Les Adrets de l’Estérel //

Les Arcs

33 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN LES ARCS

•   The Saint Roseline Chapel
•   The Medieval district Parage
•   The Saint Jean-Baptiste Church
•   The 13th century donjon
•   The Saint Pierre Chapel
•   The 9 Menhirs du Néolithique (Stones)
•   The clock tower

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravanning it takes 1 hour to get to Les Arcs. When leaving Esterel Caravanning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take direction Draguignan then direction Les Arcs.

Les Arcs

At 33 kilometres from Esterel Caravanning, you’ll find this preserved small village. Nestled in the heart of Provence in the Argens valley, to the south les Arcs it’s bordered by the Massif des Maures forest and to the north by the town of Draguignan.

It isn’t difficult to understand why there are traces of life right back to prehistoric ages in this village; the treasures of this town situated between the sea and the countryside are immeasurable, and time seems to have stopped once you pass through the clock towers gateway. In the old town, the village is a true medieval jewel surrounded by a rich and conserved countryside.

// Les Arcs //

Les Issambres

33 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN LES ISSAMBRES

•   The Col du Bougnon (Bougnon pass)
•   The Bay of Bougnon and its fine sandy beaches
•   The Vivier Gallo-Romain
•   The Coast Guards path (long the coast line)
•   Thalassothérapie. Spa and health centre
•   Deep sea diving and scuba diving
•   Wind surfing and water ski-ing

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From our camp site Esterel Caravanning it takes 30 minutes to get to Les Issambres. When leaving Esterel Caravanning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus follow the coastal route direction Saint Tropez

Les Issambres

Les Issambres is a Roquebrune district and situated between Saint Raphael and Saint Maxime, at only 20 kilometres from Esterel Caravanning. With its 8 kilometres of beaches and creeks its calanques the Les Issambres district faces the magical Gulf of Saint Tropez.

Between the Massif des Maures and the Esterel Massif, Les Issambres offers the pleasure and leisure’s of a small seaside resort and a charming Provencal Village. Benefiting from an exceptionally sunny climate, 300 sunny days a year the Les Issambres district is a true paradise and only a short journey from your camp site Esterel Caravaning.

Everything a good holiday should offer awaits you in Les Issambres.

// Les Issambres //

Lorgues

45 KM FROM ESTEREL-CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN LORGUES

•   The Orthodox Monastery Saint Michel
•   The 18th century Church
•   The Dolmens (stones)
•   The Templiers (Knights) district Ruou
•   The Fort and its beffroi (bell tower)
•   The collegiate Saint Martin church from the 18th century
•   Numerous Chapels
•   The Hermitage Saint Ferréol
•   The Fountains
•   The Hotel de Ville dating from the 19th century
•   The Palais de Justice (Court House) from the 18th century
•   The Museum Pictural Architectural Rob
•   Walking, riding and mountain biking paths
•   Vineyard visits and wine tasting

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it will take around 50 minutes to get to Lorgues. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Draguignan. Exit at Le Muy, you need to cross the Le Muy and Les Arcs villages before arriving at Lorgues.

Lorgues

At only 45 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the village of Lorgues. Halfway between the Gorges of Verdon and Saint Tropez, Lorgues benefits from its ideal situation. Steeped in sunshine and surrounded by numerous resources. Lorgues has long been lived in, since the prehistoric ages and its position at 210 metres altitude makes its lands rich and fertile.

Vineyards and Olive trees produce in abundance our Provencal treasures ; AOC Côtes de Provence wines are exported all over the world from a dozen domains. The richness of its lands and the charms of its town centre delight all its visitors. Its medieval village is full of history and has many secrets to discover. Its ancient buildings, religious monuments the Forts remains all make a stop off visit worthwhile.

// Lorgues //

Menton

100 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN MENTON

•   The old town and numerous Gardens
•   The Saint Michel Church
•   The Basilique Saint Michel Archange
•   The Jean Cocteau Museum
•   The Russian Orthodox Church
•   The Chapels: Penitents noir and Penitents Blanc
•   The Museum Beaux Arts – Palais Carnoles
•   The Modern Art Gallery – Palais de l’Europe
•   The wedding service hall decorated by Jean Cocteau
•   The Museum of Regional Prehistory

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravanning it takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to get to the town of Menton. When leaving Esterel Caravanning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Nice then Menton. Exit at Menton – Sospel.

Menton

At around 100 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the town of Menton, just before the Italian border. A town filled with gardens lemons, history and art. It has all the assets of a resort town, reputed for its sub-tropical climate.

Menton has flourishing nature; it’s full of palm trees, mimosas trees, orange and of course lemon trees. Citrus fruits are the town’s emblem and every year they hold a fête to honour them. During a 3 week period a huge parade passes through the streets with music, dancers and huge decorated floats, it’s a major celebration on the Cote d’Azur.

Very much appreciated for its charm and climate Menton has welcomed numerous personalities, the Artist Jean Cocteau had great affection for Menton and left many traces of his work throughout the town. The contrasts between the town, its nature, warmth and mildness, history and modernity assure the harmony of Menton.

// Menton //

Monaco

90 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN MONACO

•   Hôtel de Paris
•   The Museum Océanographique of Monaco
•   The Monaco Port
•   The Monte Carlo Opera
•   The Museum of prehistoric anthropology
•   The Stamp and Monies Museum
•   The Notre Dame Immaculées Cathedral
•   The Saint Jean-Baptiste Chapelle Palatine
•   The Sacré Cœur de Monaco Church
•   The Saint Charles de Monte-Carlo Church
•   The Saint Dévote Church
•   The Saint Martin Church
•   The Saint Nicola de Fontvieille Church
•   Tête de Chien (dogs head) 550 metres over Monaco
•   Mont Agel (point culminant)

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravanning it takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the Monaco Principality. When leaving Esterel Caravanning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Nice then Monaco. Exit at Monaco then follow the road down that overlooks all of the Principality of Monaco.

Monaco

At around 90 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the very famous Principality of Monaco.

With its 31 109 inhabitants on a territory of only 1974 sq metres, Monaco holds the world record of the highest number of inhabitants by sq metre and it’s the second smallest city in the world after the Vatican city. To try and compensate for its small size Monaco has proved its ingenuity by becoming the most sorts after territory today. In authorising games of financial gains in 1869 the Sovereign at the time Charles III abolishes personal, building and land taxes with the goal of causing construction frenzy on the territory.

Monaco is now internationally renowned for luxury and prestige, its common place to see giant yachts from all over the world in its Port. Benefiting from not only an extremely clement Mediterranean climate but also its closeness to Italy and the neighbouring large towns Cannes and Nice, Monaco also exceeds in hosting large international events.

Today this little Monaco rock plays in the “big league!

// Monaco //

Mons

45 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN MONS

•   Numerous Dolmens
•   The Roman Aqueduct
•   The Neissoun Cave
•   The Chapelle des Pénitents
•   The Parish Church
•   The Notre Dame Chapel
•   The Beaugard Castle
•   The Monsoise House
•   Speleological walks
•   Canyoning, randonnées aquatiques

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravanning it takes around1 hour to get to the village of Mons. When leaving Esterel Caravanning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Nice, exit at Fayence – Les Adrets. Then follow the directions Montauroux, de Tourrettes then Mons.

Mons

At 50 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the Mons village perched on an enormous rock at 814 metres altitude. Mons seems as if it’s suspended between the sky and the land balancing on its rock. A quiet little village, Mons has conserved its traditions it’s like a haven of peace with terrace cafés and olive trees. Mons offers a spectacular panorama that will take your breath away, from certain points like the Saint Sebastian Place for example you can even see the Mediterranean Sea, you’ll catch sight of the Hérins Islands too and the Maures Massif.

On a very clear day you can see Corsica.

// Mons //

Montauroux

35 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN MONTAUROUX

•   The Parish Church Saint Barthélemy
•   The Saint Barthélemy Chapel
•   The Fountains
•   The Lavoirs (washing place)
•   The streets and places
•   The Lake Saint Cassien
•   Water sports on the Lake Saint Cassien
•   Foot and riding paths
•   Speleological walks and aquatic hikes
•   Treasure hunts

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravanning it takes around 40 minutes to get to the village of Montauroux. When leaving Esterel Caravanning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Nice, exit at Fayence – Les Adrets. Follow the directions Fayence, then Montauroux.

Montauroux

At only 35 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the little hilltop village Montauroux. Halfway between the coast and the first ski stations in the Alps, Montauroux has a unique situation facing the Massif des Maures and the Esterel.

Surrounded by forests and the valley de la Haute Siagne and the lake Saint Cassien, Montauroux has a preserved natural environment, benefiting from sunshine the whole year round. It’s a restful and relaxing place to visit. Montauroux and the exceptional surrounding Fayences villages welcome numerous personalities and holiday home owners, the designer Christian Dior spent his last days here, at the Colle Noir Castle, which he renovated. Christian Dior also restored the Saint Barthélemy Chapel and left it to the District of Montauroux.

// Montauroux //

Montferrat

35 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

A voir et à faire à Montferrat, dans le Var.

•    La Chapelle de Beauvoir
•    Le chemin Saint Pierre et les oratoires
•    La source du Gouffre de Pierreport
•    Le Château du Baudron
•    Randonnées pédestres & VTT
•    Pont Mirabeau sur la Nartuby
•    Chapelle Saint-Roch

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN MONTFERRAT

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it will take around less than 1 hour to get to the village of Montferrat. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Draguignan. Exit at Le Muy, you need to cross the Le Muy village and Draguignan before arriving at Montferrat.

Montferrat

At around 50 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning on the road to Verdon and its Gorges you’ll find the village Montferrat. Embedded in an arena of green hills, Montferrat was built on an iron mine (fer) that’s how it got its name in 1135 (De monte ferrato).

Overlooked by its chapel Beauvoir the village has numerous remains from its past a pretty fountain for example dating from 1751. Around the village you’ll find the “gouffre de pierreport” a superb natural water spring, its Oratories that lead to the Chapel and the Castles ruins are to discover.

Montferrat also has another particularity: its military camp Canjuers is one of the largest in Europe however this military presence does nothing to mare the countryside they’ve preserved the natural wild dessert like spaces with its savage Far West Provencal allure.

// Montferrat //

Nice

80 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN NICE

•   La Promenade de Anglais
•   The Negresco
•   The Préhistorique sites of Lazaret and Terra Amata
•   The Opera
•   The Russian Orthodox Church
•   Numerous Museums
•   The hillsides
•   The old Nice and the Acropolis
•   La Baie des Anges

SITUATION AND DIRECTIONS

From your camp site Esterel Caravanning it takes around 1 hour to get to the town of Nice. When leaving Esterel Caravanning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Nice then exit at Nice.

Nice

At only 80 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the famous city of Nice. The largest city on the Cote d’Azur and the 5th largest in France, Nice is a busy Metropolis that has preserved its Provencal charm. Open to the world, its international airport is the second largest in France.

Nice jealously conserves its traditions and local folklores, its rich Provencal gastronomy the Pissaladière (a French onion tart), la Socca (chickpea pancakes) to name a few are all generously drizzled with olive oil from the region. The local dialect “le Nissart” can still be heard in its paved little streets in the old Nice, or at the flower market.

Nice is a town of culture and after Paris is the second city in France known for its number of museums. Every year in February the famous Nice Carnival attracts great crowds. Surrounded by hills and facing the Angels Bay, Nice welcomes its visitors to a city mixed with traditions and a modern way of life.

// Nice //

Port Grimaud

40 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

What to see and do in Port-Grimaud

• Numerous Bridges
• Its 12 islands
• The Crafts Market

Situation / Directions Port-Grimaud

From our camp site Esterel Caravanning it takes around 1 hour to get to Port Grimaud. When leaving Esterel Caravanning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus follow the coastal route direction Saint Tropez then Port Grimaud.

 

Port-Grimaud

At less than 40 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the village the most visited in France : Port Grimaud. Its resemblance with the famous Italian town Venice gives Port Grimaud the nick-name “Provencal Venice”. The Port Grimaud “Cité Lacrusté” was built from scratch and entirely built on canals with bridges that give it its charm.

The village is an exceptional phenomena and a spectacle to see. The canals all function with total autonomy with a cycle of permanent reversal currents: meaning “without artificial pumps”. Port Grimaud is privatised and offers a mooring point for each house. It was in the month of July 1967 that houses stared to be built, all painted in the colours of the south. When the sun goes down the lights from the houses, restaurants and bars reflect onto the numerous canals around the village giving Port Grimaud the allure of a magical place.

Port Grimaud was added to the list of French Patrimony from the 20th century in September 2002. What makes this village special is its unique charm and its proximity to the mythic village of Saint Tropez making it just as famous and popular with tourists.

// Port Grimaud //

Ramatuelle

45 KM FROM ESTEREL-CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN RAMATUELLE.

•  Discovering the marvellous hidden creeks
•  The Customs museum
•  Over 750 hectares of vineyards
•  Discovering the regions wind mills
•  Hiking and walks from the beaches to the Maures Massif
•  The Ramatuelle Theatre Festival

Situation / Directions to Ramatuelle

From our camp site Esterel Caravanning it takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the village Ramatuelle. When leaving Esterel Caravanning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus follow the coastal route direction Saint Tropez then follow the road to Ramatuelle.

Ramatuelle

Neighbour to the mythic village Saint Tropez the district of Ramatuelle is around 45 minutes from Esterel Caravaning and is a sharp contrast to the frenetic agitation at Saint Tropez. Ramatuelle has a calm and peaceful way of life with an outstanding environnement. Its legendary fine sandy beach Pampelonne is adored by celebrities and film directors. Its notoriety comes mainly from the restaurants like the “club 55” that served as the canteen for the film crew from the film with Brigitte Bardot “And God Created woman”

Higher up in the old village, a more authentic part, the visitors can cool off under the shade of the trees in the typical Provencal village. From the medieval walls of the village the views of the sea and the bay of Pampelonne are unforgettable. The Ramatuelle village and its beautiful beaches are both in the heart of a superb natural environnement with a great number of leisure’s and activities.

// Ramatuelle //

Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer

65 KM FROM ESTEREL-CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN RAYOL-CANADEL-SUR-MER

•  The Botanical Gardens (Domain du Rayol)
•  The Patec Monument
•  The Monumental Stairway
•  The Canadel Chapel
•  Numerous foot paths
•  Numerous hikes and walks
•  The 4 Preserved beaches

Situation / Directions to Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer

From our camp site Esterel Caravanning it takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to the village Rayol-sur- Mer. When leaving Esterel Caravanning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus follow the coastal route direction Saint Tropez then direction La Mole and then Rayol.

Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer

At 60 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the costal village of Rayol-sur-Mer, which is part of the La Mole village found on the hillsides to the south of the sea front. Before its creation in 1925 the place where now stands the village only housed a few fishermen and was even referenced as an oak (cork) forest.

The village is spread out and has naturally wet exotic vegetation. This “garden village” looks over the magical Massif des Maures then dives into the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. It has 4 beaches one of which played a part in the Allied invasion in1944 Rayol-Canadel mixes its resorts assets and its typical Mediterranean Provencal village.

Thanks to the strict respect of the construction laws on the coast, Rayol-Canadel-sur-mer has protected its coastline and the village is one of the districts in the region the best preserved.

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Roquebrune-sur-Argens

20 KM FROM ESTEREL-CARAVANING CAMPSITE

What to see and do in Roquebrune-sur-Argens.

•  National Water-skiing Centre
•  Hiking on the Roquebrune Rock
•  Dolmen de la Gaillarde sur Mer
•  Saint Pierre Chapel
•  Vivier de la Gaillarde sur Mer
•  Saint Pierre – Saint Paul Church
•  Saint Michel Chapel
•  La Maison du Patrimoine
•  The Médiéval Relay
•  The Chocolate Museum
•  The Bagatelle Castle
•  The Blavet Gorges
•  La rue des Portiques
•  The 7 Fountains Way

Situation / Directions

From your camp site Esterel Caravanning it takes 30 minutes to get to Roquebrune sur Argens. When leaving Esterel Caravanning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take direction Puget sur Argens then Roquebrune.

Roquebrune-sur-Argens

At only 20 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the village of Roquebrune sur Argens. As well as its 300 sunny days a year the village offers the advantages of calm countryside and leisure activities all associated with the charm of its ancient village.

Spreading out all the way to the coast the Les Issambres district is a short journey away, Roquebrune sur Argens also has another district La Bouverie (mainly residential) all of this surrounded by vineyards from the Collet Redon and the Blavet hills. The old village built on a rock looks over all the plains. Roquebrune is rich with cultural patrimony and architecture and will thrill all the lovers of old stone buildings.

// Roquebrune-sur-Argens //

Saint-Tropez

50 KM FROM ESTEREL-CARAVANING CAMPSITE

What to see and do in Saint-Tropez

•    Les voiles de Saint-Tropez, 25th of September until the 3rd of October (regatta)
•    The Provencal carnaval in February
•    The European Harley Davidson festival
•    The “Bravade”
•    The Porsche Festival « Paradis Porsche »

Situation

Saint-Tropez is a world famous village in the Var province; the holiday hotspot for the rich and famous. Beside from that it is a typical provencal vllage with a small fishing port and a maze of picturesque narrow streets where you are likely to bump into shopping celebrities. Saint-Tropez has many things to offer and does this year round. Their high quality event calendar which is famous throughout the world and contributes to the legend of Saint-Tropez.

There are as well the famous « bravades » on the 16th and 18th of May and on the 15th of July. These event are not to be missed.

But what exactly is a bravade ?

In the year 68 after Jesus Christ, the knight Torpes who was born in Pisa, intendant to the emperor Nero, converted into a Catholic. Nero was furious but Torpes refused to renown his new faith, so Nero had him decapitated. His head was thrown in the river Arno and recuperated by devoted hands; today his head rests at Pisa. His body was put in a small boat with a rooster and a dog on the river. The boat floated to the sea and washed on the shores of Heracléa(Saint-Tropez’ former name, coming from Torpes)ôn the 17th of May.

For many years pirates scoured the Mediterranean coasts. Due to this, it became necessary to have a warlord in the village of Saint-Tropez. In 1558 the community council appointed a “city captain” who would be the head of a local militia, for which he had to recruit the necessary men in order to defend the village. Since 1558 the community council elects a city captain on Easter Monday. For over a century, the city captains and their militia successfully assured the village’s defences against attacks coming both from the sea as well as from inland. The powers invested in them by the city of Saint-Tropez were confirmed by all the kings of France until Louis XIV. Under his reign the local militia was replaced by a royal garrison.

Even though they didn’t need their weapons anymore to defend their city, the people of Saint-Tropez kept them in honour of their patron saint. The city captain continued to lead the Bravade on the 17th May and the inhabitants of Saint-Tropez put on their militia clothes and took up the weapons they used to formerly protect their village with. Every year you can see the people of Saint-Tropez with their soldier and marine uniforms firing their blunderbusses and muskets in honour of their saint, just like in the old days when they were going into combat or escorted the procession to the chapel which was situated outside the city walls.

On the 16th of May the mayor of Saint-Tropez accompanied by the mayor of Pisa will hand the pike to the city captain that was elected on Easter Monday. The marines will fire their guns and the musketeers will fire their blunderbusses. The priest will bless the weapons. The guards of the saint will bring out the statue of Saint-Tropez and take it in the procession. This all with the sound of bells, fifes, bugles and tambourines and in a cloud of gunpowder from the blunderbusses fired by the “bravadeurs”: The next day there is the musketeers mass.

NOT TO BE MISSED !

The tropezian sandals from the Rondini cordwainer workshop : Colette, Juliette Greco, Marlène Dietrich, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Liz Hurley and many others bought a pair here. The Rondini shoeshop was created in 1927 and is run today by the grandson Alain. Particularities of these famous sandals: Natural oily leather from the Alsace region that resists to sweat, resistant and solid soles thanks to the oak bark tanning and a style that never goes out of fashion! Rondini, 16 rue G. Clemenceau, 83990 Saint-Tropez

The tropezean pie, the one and only ! There is a real history to this pie. It was Alexandra Micka, a Polish man that arrived atSaint-Tropez after the liberation, who invented the pie in 1955 after being inspired by a recipe from his homeland. And it was BB, Brigitte Bardot who gave it its name. The recipe has always been kept secret but we know it contains brioche, vanilla and a mixture of three creams of which one is confectioner’s custard (2.70 €/piece)

Having a drink at sunset at the port or at the Place des lices, Saint-Tropez will provide you with a number of reasons not to turn in early. Le bar du port (7 quai Suffren) is the hot spot for the inhabitants of Saint-Tropez. This is an excellent restaurant, although kind of expensive, with a traditional Provencal cuisine and a friendly and relaxed service.

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Sainte_Maxime

30 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

What to see and do in Sainte-Maxime

•  The Squares tower and its museum of folklores and traditions
•  The Museum of Phonographic, mechanical music and inventions
•  The Saint Maxime Church
•  The Botanical gardens
•  The Casino
•  Walks and hikes

Situation and Directions

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it takes around 50 minutes to get to Saint Maxime. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take direction Saint Tropez / Sainte Maxime.

Sainte-Maxime

At 30 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the town Sainte Maxime comfortably installed between the Maures Massif and the Gulf of Saint Tropez. Sainte Maxime is known for its tranquil way of life, its fine sandy beaches and its idyllic preserved countryside.

Sainte Maxime is an inspiration to many Artists, Poets and Writers since a number of years; the small streets in the old town give its visitors the opportunity of discovering the town’s gardens and panorama views from the pier. On the towns little train or by horse and carriage you can explore the district and its nature, opportunities not to miss at Sainte Maxime.

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Salernes

60 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN SALERNES

•  The Medieval Castles Ruins
•  The Saint Pierre Church
•  The site of Saint Barthélemy
•  Walks and horse riding
•  The fabrication of Tomettes (Tiles)
•  Terra Rossa the house of ceramic architecture
•  The old village fountains
•  Tholos de la Lauve (Dolmen)

Situation and Directions to Salernes

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it will take around 1 hour to get to Salernes. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Draguignan. Exit at Le Muy, you need to cross the Le Muy the Les Arcs and Lorgues villages before arriving at Salernes.

Salernes

At only 60 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning the very famous village of Salernes awaits you. Salernes was first of all known as the shop counter for salt on the route of the seasonal migration. It’s also known “since the 18th century” for its specialists in the fabrication of ceramics.

With the decline in sales of earthenware after the French revolution the producers had to find other ways to exploit the richness of their soil, they then started producing terra cotta products mainly tiles. Rapidly their tiles for flooring became renowned throughout the world assuring again the prosperity of the village, up until recently when new modern flooring took its place. Now the picturesque village has a mixture between arts, crafts and industry, the traces of the past continue to cross paths with traditions and modern successes.

// Salernes //

Seillans

45 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

What to see and do in Seillans ?

•  The Rue du Valet
•  The Font d’Amont fountain
•  The doorway Sarrasine
•  The Féodal Castle
•  The Saint Léger Church
•  The Castle
•  The 84 Bories (Shepard’s Houses)
•  The Notre Dame des Selves Chapel
•  The Saint-Cyr Chapel
•  The Max Ernst Museum
•  The Notre Dame de l’Ormeau Chapel

Situation and Directions

From your camp site Esterel Caravanning it takes around 50 minutes to get to the village of Seillans. When leaving Esterel Caravanning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Nice, exit at Fayence – Les Ardrets. Follow direction Fayence cross Colle Noire and Montauroux then follow directions to Seillans.

Seillans

At 45 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the perched village of Seillans. Classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Seillans has a rich historical patrimony, since Roman times the village has always been very much appreciated notably for its situation.

It’s perched at 336 metres altitude and protected by its walls that still exist today. Numerous painters, poets and writers were charmed by Seillans. The Artist Max Ernst passed his final days in the village and his work of art “Le Génie de la Bastille” ornate’s the village place. This medieval village intoxicates everyone that discovers its small streets that seem to all run into the other, like a fabulous paved maze.

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Tourtour

60 KM FROM ESTEREL CARAVANING CAMPSITE

What to see and do in Tourtour ?.

•  The Oil mill
•  The Saint Denis Church
•  The Fossil Museum
•  The Raphélis Castle from the 16th century
•  The Old Castle
•  The Castle Puget
•  The Sarrasine Tower
•  The Old Lavoir (washing place)
•  Hiking, walkways and mountain biking
•  The Château de la Baume
•  The Grimaldi Tower
•  The Roman Bridge

Situation / Directions

From your camp site Esterel Caravaning it will take a little over1 hour to get to Tourtour. When leaving Esterel Caravaning turn right direction Frejus – Saint Raphael. Once at Frejus take the motorway A8 direction Draguignan. Exit at Le Muy, you need to cross the Le Muy, Draguignan and Flayosc before arriving at Tourtour.

Tourtour

At around 60 kilometres from Esterel Caravaning you’ll find the splendid village Tourtour. Classed as one of the most beautiful in France, it’s also one of the most flowery. The medieval village is situated in the last hills before reaching the Alps.

It’s perched on the very top of a hillside and nick-named the village in the sky. Discreet, protected by a dense pine forest, Tourtour offers a view spanning 100 kilometres! Its exceptional situation gives a marvellous panorama from the middle of the Var to the Saint Victoire Mountain. Open to tourism and always busy Tourtour has found a perfect balance between authenticity and modern living.

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