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Lorgues, Provence

Traditional market town in the south of the Provence region

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Lorgues is a typical Provençal market town with a medieval centre which is surrounded by beautiful countryside of pine and oak forests, olive groves and vineyards.

Well located in the heart of the Var region and about an hour drive from the coast and St Tropez.

History & Culture in [locality]

Ligurian tribes settled here before the Romans colonised the area, only traces remain of their occupation.

During the Middle Ages, Lorgues was important enough to have solid defence walls built that repelled invasions by the Saracens and other barbarian tribes.

The Knights Templar had a Commanderie du Riou here and whilst here, they strengthened the walls and gates, some of which are still visible today. Lorgues continued to prosper in the 18th and 19th centuries and many mansions were constructed at this time. The town hall was completed in 1833 and is a statement of the importance Lorgues had after the Revolution.

Sights & Attractions in [locality]

The main street is lined with cafés and plane trees, and the town comes into its own on Tuesday mornings when the very good market comes to town. There are plenty of other shops to browse through too, from gift shops and art galleries aswell as the more practical supermarkets and clothes shops.

The vibrant centre lends itself well to walking tours - there are plenty of sights to see, from ancient 12th century buildings, to the dominant 18th century church, La Collégiale Saint Martin.

Amongst the little lanes, you may come across fountains and wash houses, and remains of old mills and chapels. The striking clock tower dates back to 1623. You can pick up a map with some of the historical sites marked on it at the tourist office. They also offer guided tours.

For the less active, there are plenty of vineyards to visit and some excellent restaurants in the town.

Other cultural highlights nearby include the wonderful Thoronet Abbey.

Events in [locality]

During July the Abbey hosts a series of concerts celebrating medieval music - a fantastic venue to experience this atmospheric music.

Things to do in [locality]

There is plenty to do in the area, from horse riding to bungee jumping and canoeing in the nearby Gorges du Verdon.

Loads of hiking trails exist in the area and you can pick up maps from the tourist office.

There is an open air swimming pool in the summer months and waterparks can be found down by the coast.


Map of the surrounding area