Draguignan, Var tourism & sightseeing
Visit Draguignan (Provence, France)
Draguignan is a substantial town to the east of the Var department (Provence region) of France.
While Draguignan has not historically been an important tourist destination, in recent years the town centre has been improved and the town has been growing in popularity as a destination with visitors to this part of Provence. It also has the largest shopping centre in the region.
A significant part of the historical old town of Draguignan was removed to make way for the boulevards, the broad tree-lines avenues that were created in the 19th century and which now surround the old town.
These bustling boulevards provide a contrast to the old town, which has lots of narrow streets opening on to open squares with traditional fountains, and some houses with interesting architectural details. Some of the best preserved medieval houses can be seen in the Rue de la Juiverie.
One highlight of particular note is the 17th century clocktower, a square tower with a campanile that stands on a raised rocky area above the town. There is also a nice public garden in Draguignan, and a memorial and war cemetery for the US soldiers killed during the Second World War landings on the Provence coast (1944).
There are also a couple of museums of interest in Draguignan, the most important being the Museum of Provencal Traditions, that focusses on the history of agriculture and crafts in the Var. The other is the Municipal Museum that contains many artefacts from the history of the town, and is housed in the 18th century Bishops Palace.
Ideally you will arrange your visit for Wednesday or Saturday, the weekly market days in Draguignan.
Just outside Draguignan is a large prehistoric dolmen called the Fairy Stone (Pierre des fées), one of the most impressive I recall seeing, with an enormous slab of stone supported about two metres off the ground by three massive rocks.
The relative isolation of Draguignan from the more visited highlights of the Var department is part of the reason for its lack of visitors, but there are several other small towns and vilages nearby that also retain the character of 'old Provence' such as Flayosc to the west and Les-Arcs-sur-Argens to the south.
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Address: Draguignan, Provence, 83300, France || GPS: latitude 43.540278, longitude 6.466667
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
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- Abbaye du Thoronet (Le Thoronet): religious monument (16 km)
- Seillans: most beautiful village (18 km)
- Thoronet Abbey: national monument (19 km)
- Parc zoologique de Fréjus: zoo or wildlife park (23 km)
- Gorges du Verdon: grand site of france (23 km)
- Cathédrale Saint Léonce (Frejus): religious monument (25 km)
- Frejus Cathedral cloisters: national monument (25 km)
- Frejus: town of art and history (25 km)
- Eglise de St Raphaël (Saint-Raphael): religious monument (28 km)
- Massif des Maures: site of natural beauty (30 km)
- Grimaud: recommended detour (30 km)
Market days in Draguignan, France
Regular market(s) are held in Draguignan each Wednesday & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Draguignan (Francais)