Callian, Var tourism & sightseeing

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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.

Exploring Callian

Callian 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.

ancient doorway

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 main church in Callian is the Church of Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, built in the 17th century and containing baroque style ornamentation. 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. The castle is now used as the Town Hall for Callian, and has retained its round towers that were built in the 12th and 13th centuries as well as its walls and courtyard.

France This Way comment: 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.

church in Callian

Visit near Callian

A couple of kilometres south of Callian you can visit the small 11th-12th century Chapelle Notre Dame des Roses while to the south-east the leisure facilities of the Lake of Saint Cassien are popular with visitors

The village falls within the region known as the the 'Pays de Fayence' with several hilltop villages in close proximity which will typically be visited together. These include near neighbour Montauroux, and also Fayence, Mons, Seillans and Bargemon, and several others...

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

See also:

Map of Callian and places nearby

Visit near Callian with France This Way reviews

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

Address: Callian, Fayence, Draguignan, Provence, 83440, France || GPS: latitude 43.622132, longitude 6.752993

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Grottes de Saint-Cezaire: site of natural beauty (6 km)
  • Seillans: most beautiful village (9 km)
  • Jardin de la Villa Fort de France: remarkable garden (14 km)
  • Grasse: secteur sauvegarde (14 km)
  • Parc zoologique de Fréjus: zoo or wildlife park (16 km)
  • Parc du château de la Napoule: remarkable garden (19 km)
  • Cathédrale Saint Léonce (Frejus): religious monument (21 km)
  • Gourdon: most beautiful village (21 km)
  • Frejus Cathedral cloisters: national monument (21 km)
  • Frejus: town of art and history (21 km)
  • Eglise de St Raphaël (Saint-Raphael): religious monument (22 km)
  • Abbaye de Lerins (Cannes): religious monument (22 km)

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