In Var is a series of nine hilltop villages full of remarkable medieval heritage, surrounded by unspoilt landscapes. This is Pays de Fayence.
Clinging to the hillside, Fayence is famous for its international gliding centre. Its charm lies in its winding streets, its watchtower, a remnant of the old castle of the Bishops of Fréjus, its fountains and washhouses, bread oven and ruined ramparts. Enter the large 18th-century Baroque church dedicated to St. John the Baptist and go up to the foot of the Clock Tower, where there is an orientation table, to enjoy a beautiful view of the village rooftops and the surrounding mountains.
The balcony of the Esterel, Montauroux is a patchwork of narrow streets, little squares and fountains, providing a peaceful atmosphere to this 11th-century Provençal village. Don't miss the Chapel of St. Bartholomew and its lavish interior decoration dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Perched on a rocky outcrop, the feudal castle of Callian is surrounded by typical medieval streets lined with old houses. If you go up to the highest point in the village, you will see the Esterel and Tanneron massifs spread out before you. You will also be able to spot the bell tower of the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, clad in glazed tiles.
At an altitude of 814 metres, Mons is the most elevated village in Pays de Fayence! Walk along the narrow old streets, admire the beautiful Baroque altarpieces in the church and enjoy an extraordinary view from Place Saint-Sébastien.
Tourrette is remarkable for its little flights of steps and vaulted passages. Walk along one of its narrow streets to reach Place de l'Horloge, the highest point in the village, with a magnificent view of the Maures Massif, the Esterel, and the sea in the distance!
If you like flowers, you will love the village of Tanneron, with its mimosa-covered hillsides. The mimosas are in bloom between December and Marsh, offering a beautiful sight and filling the air with their fragrance.
Seillans, meanwhile, is listed among the most beautiful villages in France. Cobbled streets, fountains, a feudal castle, the Porte Sarrasine gate and a 12th-century church make up its historical heritage.
Situated on the edge of the Esterel Massif, the village of Saint-Paul-en-Forêt is surrounded by pine and oak forests. Lovers of old buildings will enjoy a stroll along its charming alleys and should head for the 18th-century Church of St. Paul and the Chapel of St. Joseph. The latter stands on Pincounillier hill and offers a beautiful view of the surrounding area.
Nestling in a preserved natural environment, the village of Bagnols-en-Forêt has pleasant wooded areas and is ideal for walks in the heart of the countryside, where there is no lack of views over the surrounding scenery. Nearby are the Blavet Gorges, whose rocky walls stand 80 metres tall and will take your breath away.