Visit Callian (Provence, France)
Callian is a traditional small village situated in the wooded hills of the Var department, inland from Cannes and the Cote d'Azur and a few kilometres from Montauroux. The village is in a picturesque setting on the side of a hill.
Callian itself is a small but attractive place to visit, with a tangled web of narrow streets to explore and a large number of interesting and characterful old houses. The village is overlooked by a medieval castle that stands above the village and has the 12th century Chapelle des Penitents just below.
No need to follow a precise path during your visit - just keep strolling around, meandering into the little side paths when the fancy takes you to discover the character of the village. The open square next to the church has a small waterfall and nice views across the countryside.
As long as you generally keep going uphill you will reach the castle soon enough. (Although I spent quite a while strolling around but I'm still not completely sure whether I saw 90% of the village or 10%. Not too important, there will be something new to discover next time I visit...)
Just below the main Callian village is a lavoir (public washhouse) that appeared to have been recently renovated but still had one remarkable characteristic - someone was actually using it! it's nice to see one in use rather than just being a tourist attraction.
Visit near Callian
A couple of kilometres south of Callian you can visit a small 11th-12th century chapel (Chapelle Notre Dame des Roses) while to the south-east the leisure facilities of the Lake of Saint Cassien are popular.
The village falls within the region known as the the 'Pays de Fayence' - several hilltop villages in close proximity which will typically visited together. These include near neighbour Montauroux, and also Fayence, Mons, Seillans and Bargemon.
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Address: Callian, Fayence, Draguignan, Var, Provence, 83440 || GPS: latitude 43.622132, longitude 6.752993
Map of Callian & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Callian, France
- Grottes de Saint-Cezaire - site of natural beauty (6km)
- Seillans - most beautiful village (9km)
- Jardin de la Villa Fort de France - remarkable garden (14km)
- Grasse - secteur sauvegarde (14km)
- Parc zoologique de Fréjus - zoo or wildlife park (16km)
- Parc du château de la Napoule - remarkable garden (19km)
- Cathédrale Saint Léonce (Frejus) - religious monument (21km)
- Gourdon - most beautiful village (21km)
- Frejus - town of art and history (21km)
- Frejus Cathedral cloisters - national monument (21km)
The French version of this page is at Callian (Francais)