Bargeme tourism & sightseeing

Photo of Bargeme in Var

Visit Bargeme (Provence, France)


Bargeme is a small, picturesque village in the north-east of the Var department of Provence to the east of the Gorges du Verdon and north of Seillans (note: these places look close to Bargeme on a map but the roads are rather longer!)

Officially the highest village in the Var department at 1097 metres above sea level it is not surprising that Bargeme has stunning views across the region - but there is more to the village than views and Bargeme is also officially classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages in France'.

Exploring Bargeme

A small village, and very quiet outside the summer season, Bargeme is well worth the detour if you are visiting the region - although getting there does take a while because it is in quite a remote location. The views and unspoiled character of the village well merit the detour!

view of mountains through arch in stone wall in Bargeme

You can enter the lower part of the old town through a large stone entrance which passes through a remnant of the towns fortifications. You will see a substantial amount of these old fortifications - it is hard to believe that several hundred years ago this isolated and remote village needed such imposing defences!

From here stroll up the hill through the quiet streets and vaulted passages that pass through Bargeme, passing traditional old houses, stone walls and small gardens. Although it is small, this village centre is very lovely with many plants and trees next to the cobbled paths.

At the highest point in Bargeme stands the imposing medieval Chateau de Sabran de Pontaves, built in the 13th century and around which the village subsequently developed.

Although the castle is now in ruins, in part due to damage during the Wars of Religion,  a good part of the main building remains and the substantial walls and towers of the castle still evocatively dominate the village skyline.

Also on the ridge and next to the castle stands the gothic style Church of Saint Nicolas, a roman style church: see also the paintings inside the church. Another religious monument of interest in Bargème is the little 17th century Chapel Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs.

castle in Bargeme

Attractions nearby

Close to Bargeme you can see the scenic gorges de l'Artuby.

The imposing Gorges du Verdon are the main attraction in the region, and Bargème is often visited as part of a tour of the region centred around the gorges.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Var guide and the Provence guide.

See also:

Map of Bargeme and places to visit

Visit near Bargeme with France This Way reviews

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Var

Address: Bargème, Comps-sur-Artuby, Draguignan, Var, Provence, 83840, France || GPS: latitude 43.7308, longitude 6.5736

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Seillans: most beautiful village (12km)
  • Barrage de Chaudanne: site of natural beauty (13km)
  • Barrage de Castillon: site of natural beauty (17km)
  • Lac de Castillon: site of natural beauty (17km)
  • Gorges du Verdon: grand site of france (17km)
  • Grottes de Saint-Cezaire: site of natural beauty (21km)
  • Tourtour: most beautiful village (27km)
  • Jardin de la Villa Fort de France: remarkable garden (28km)
  • Verdon: regional natural parc (29km)
  • Grasse: secteur sauvegarde (29km)

The French version of this page is at Bargeme (Francais)