Fayence – Provence

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Fayence, head of the Canton which consists of 8 perched villages – is situated in the east of the Var department at equal distance from the coast and the foothills of the Alps. The first ski resorts are 45mns drive and the first sandy beaches 30 mins (Cannes, Saint Raphaël).

 

It is reached :

– By plane :          45 minutes from the airports of Nice and Toulon / Hyères

– By train :      TGV stations Cannes and Saint Raphael

– By motorway :  A8 direction Nice exit ” Adrets de l’Esterel “

Fayence village – whose origin probably dates back to the tenth century – was built in the plain around the Chapelle Notre Dame des Cyprès which is the oldest Christian religious building of Fayence. The Romans used to call it ” Faventia ” (nice place in Latin). Traditional Provençal village built on the hillside, Fayence has retained its winding streets, shady squares of plane trees, craft shops and boutiques.

 

To see :

The parish church of St John the Baptist (dated 18th Century)

La Tour de l’horloge (The Clock Tower)

La Porte Sarrasine (Saracen Door)

La Chapelle Notre Dame des Cyprès (Chapel)

Le Four du Mitan, former bread oven restored tells the story of the making of bread and flour

L’écomusée Agricole, agricultural Eco-museum exhibits in a flour mill dated 13th Century, tools, machines of the past century

The museum “A week in August” shows a private collection of objects, weapons and military uniforms

 

To do :

Tennis, swimming pool, jogging track, roller skate ramps, sports field with grandstand, bowling, fishing, hiking, climbing, horseback riding, try your first flight in the first European Centre for gliding, spa, 36-hole golf course

And at about 10 mins drive, in Lake St Cassian : rowing, pedalo , windsurfing, adventure park, bird sanctuary and of course swimming.

Do not miss :

Typical market every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning – Church Square (parking nearby)

Craft Fair and Gourmet Provence Salon in July and August

Bread Day or Mill Day on first Sunday of July

The Antiques Fair three times a year

The books fair called “Salon 1001 Livres” in August

Feast on September 8

The Festival of String Quartets in October

The African Festival in November