Les-Arcs-sur-Argens tourism & sightseeing
Visit Les-Arcs-sur-Argens (Provence, France)
Les-Arcs-sur-Argens is found in the Cotes de Provence wine region of Provence, a little to the west of the French Riviera resorts of Frejus and Saint-Raphael. In a site that has been inhabited for 2500 years, the town is now best known for its role as a wine producing town but everyone will enjoy a visit, wine-enthusiast or otherwise.
Note: the village is often referred to as Les-Arcs - which can cause confusion with the French 'Les-Arcs' ski region - see Les-Arcs if you want to ski instead of exploring a historical village!
Exploring Les Arcs-sur-Argens
It is the historical old town of Les Arcs that you will want to visit, standing on the hill above the newer part of the town.
The old town at Les Arcs is known as the Parage, and is a small region of ancient and pretty streets encircled by medieval fortifications to explore and enjoy. There are numerous picturesque old stone houses, arched gateways and other architectural features as well as plants to see along the streets and on the buildings as you explore the cobbled streets of the old village.
This historic part of Les-Arcs-sur-Argens was neglected for a very long time but a large process of renovation began in the 1960's to restore the Parage district - and it is now as if the original village is here unchanged since several centuries!
One particular site of note as you wander the medieval streets is the 19 metre tall castle keep, the most important part of the ruins of the castle that once stood here.
Others include the clocktower built in the 17th century and featuring one of the most ornate campaniles I remember seeing, and the 12th century roman style Chapel of Saint-Pierre (exhibitions are now often held in the chapel during the summer months).
Chapel of Sainte-Roseline
An important site nearby is the Chapel of Sainte-Roseline, on the edge of Les-Arcs-sur-Argens. With its origins in the 11th century the chapel was part of an Abbey complex called the Monastery of la Celle-Roubaud - converted in the 18th century and now known as the Chateau Sainte-Roseline (a wine producing chateau). The abbey-castle is now in private ownership and not open to the public, but the chapel can be visited.
The chapel contains a shrine to Sainte Roseline, and some relics of the saint, and a baroque style altarpiece. Perhaps more surprisingly the 16th century decorations of the church have now been added to, and include a mosaic by Marc Chagall (the celebrated russian artist who lived in the area) and some Giacometti statues - an idea instigated by Marguerite Maeght, of the family who created the Fondation Maeght art gallery at Saint-Paul-de-Vence.
Although Les-Arcs-sur-Argens is in one of the less visited parts of Provence, there are various other small towns and villages that are pleasant to explore nearby such as Flayosc and Lorgues, and the Riviera coast with resorts such as Sainte-Maxime and Saint-Raphael is only about 25 kilometres east of the village.
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Address: Arcs, Lorgues, Draguignan, Var, Provence, 83460, France || GPS: latitude 43.4634, longitude 6.47877
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Abbaye du Thoronet (Le Thoronet): religious monument (14km)
- Thoronet Abbey: national monument (17km)
- Tourtour: most beautiful village (20km)
- Parc zoologique de Fréjus: zoo or wildlife park (21km)
- Cathédrale Saint Léonce (Frejus): religious monument (21km)
- Grimaud: recommended detour (21km)
- Frejus: town of art and history (21km)
- Frejus Cathedral cloisters: national monument (21km)
- Massif des Maures: site of natural beauty (22km)
- Seillans: most beautiful village (23km)
Market days in Les-Arcs-sur-Argens, France
Regular market(s) are held in Les-Arcs-sur-Argens each Thursday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Les-Arcs-sur-Argens (Francais)