Visit Lorgues (Provence, France)
Lorgues is found to the south-west of Draguignan. This small town is in a lovely setting, typically Provencal with vineyards and olive trees around the town.
Lorgues is a very pleasant town to explore, with a reasonably extensive maze of old streets, open squares, and a couple of fountains to discover, and some splendidly colourful houses lining the streets.
There are substantial remains from the fortifications that surrounded the town in the 12th century, and a couple of entry gates from that time can still be seen. You will also notice the clocktower, 28 metres high and with the ornate wrought iron campanile typical of this region of Provence.
The Collegiale St-Martin (18th century) is in the centre of Lorgues and the most important monument in the town. The facade includes three statues inset in closed arches while inside there is a highly regarded organ.
More recent, there are also some impressive buildings from the 18th-19th centuries such as the Palace of Justice and the Town Hall.
Elsewhere in Lorgues there are various decorative elements to enjoy such as fountains, a traditional washhouse and characterful doorways and shutters.
There are several interesting chapels in the region - in particular try and visit the Chapel of Notre-Dame de Ben-Va which has some exceptional 15th century frescoes. The 16th century hermitage of Saint-Ferreol is also recommended and contains an interesting Museum of Sacred Art.
The Abbey du Thoronet (a listed National Monument in France) a few kilometres to the south-west of Lorgues, is a very attractive Cistercian abbey with an understated beauty and is a haven of peace. Dating from the 12th century (although much renovated during the 19th century after falling to ruin), the cloisters and church are particular highlights.
Entrecasteaux, Tourtour and Flayosc and Salernes are other small towns and villages near Lorgues and all worth visiting during your stay in the Upper Var and, like Lorgues, are also to the north of the 'Cotes de Provence' wine region. Among these Tourtour is notable as it is a listed 'beautiful village of France'.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Lorgues, Draguignan, Var, Provence, 83510 || GPS: latitude 43.4949, longitude 6.36117
Map of Lorgues & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Lorgues, France
- Abbaye du Thoronet (Le Thoronet) - religious monument (7km)
- Thoronet Abbey - national monument (9km)
- Tourtour - most beautiful village (12km)
- Gorges du Verdon - grand site of france (27km)
- Seillans - most beautiful village (28km)
- Grimaud - recommended detour (28km)
- Parc zoologique de Fréjus - zoo or wildlife park (30km)
- Cathédrale Saint Léonce (Frejus) - religious monument (31km)
- Frejus - town of art and history (31km)
- Frejus Cathedral cloisters - national monument (31km)
Market days in Lorgues: Regular market(s) are held in Lorgues each Tuesday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Lorgues (Francais)