Cotignac is a French village which will charm you immediately by its beauty, it's cobbled lanes, earthen roof tiles, plane-tree-lined "Cours", the numerous old fountains with free-flowing drinkable water, the old wash houses, boutiques, galleries, bars and restaurants.
A brief history
Cotignac's history can be traced back to Roman times but the village came alive in the 1100s with the building of their very first place of worship, Chapelle St. Martin which is located a kilometre behind the forts and not far from Domaine Le Petit Hameau. You will pass it during your walk to the village (2,5km).
The first inhabitants took shelter in the caves but began building above and just under the cliffs. The village houses were built in larger numbers from the 1500 and slowly moved downward towards the river Cassole. There, the stone bridge that goes across the river still exists today. You will cross it when entering the village with the brewery and brewpub "LA TUF" on the left side of the road.
Festivals, Provencal Markets, Brocantes
During July and August: two times a week there is an artisanal market, every Sunday brocante, Pottery fair etc.
All year round you can visit the Tuesday Market in Cotignac, with all of the locals selling their typical Provence products.
At the outdoor "Theatre Le Rocher" the "Festival Les Toiles du Sud" will take place as well as live transmissions of operas, ballets and expos at the cinema.
Gorges du Verdon, Lac de Sainte Croix
Domaine Le Petit Hameau is situated next to the "National Parc du Verdon" nowadays known worldwide for its mineral environment, grey limestone and very high cliffs.
Le Verdon offers you the opportunity to try your hand at canoeing, these routes invite you to take a water hike, with floating passages in the rapids and some vertiginous jumps.
Climbing is also an exellent way to discover the Gorges du Verdon in different dimensions.
In addition thrill seekers can jump into the void and deploy their parachuts over lakes and gorges.
Between heaven and earth, the discovery of the Gorges du Verdon promises you unforgettable adventures with your loved ones, great biodiversity and breathtaking landscapes.
Not to be missed: Moustiers Sainte Marie, one of the most beautiful villages of France, with it's beautiful lavander fields (June/July)
- La Cascade de Sillans
- Basses Gorges du Verdon
- Circuit de la Pointe des Chevaliers (Presqu'île de Giens)
- Villecroze Les Grottes
- Correns vieux Village et Pont
- Les Gros Bessillon
- Sainte Maxime at 47km
- Toulon at 50km
- Hyeres Airport at 80km
- Saint Tropez at 70km
all can be visited in a one day trip.
La Provence Verte - https://www.la-provence-verte.net/index.php