Why stay camping in Draguignan?
Draguignan is a large town, located between the Côte d'Azur, the Verdon Gorge and the lavender fields of Valensole. The beautiful avenues that surround the old town of Draguignan, capital of the Var are ideal for walks in the shade of trees. In the narrow streets of the historic district, we find carved porches in a place steeped in history and old houses. The Clock Tower, St Michael's Church, the old chapels and the Museum of Arts and Traditions of Provence are worth a visit. Draguignan is more suitable for shopping and markets than as a tourist spot, but it could be an ideal base for camping holidays in the Var with South East Holidays if you prefer your nights in a city rather than in a village. A decent tour of Draguignan on Saturday morning could start with the shops in the centre. Then walk east into the old town, then to the large market in the Market Square. After tasting some of the wonderful offerings, such as olive bread or walnut bread, various cheeses and olives, head up the hill and across the old town. At the top is the Clock Tower, next to the small open-air Green Theatre. On the other side of the hill are two olive oil mills, side by side and just up Rue des Moulins. The streets of the old town (roughly between the Clock Tower and the Market Square) are interesting for walking around, even if they do not have quite the same medieval character as most small villages. In the centre of the city, next to the main street, is a large park square. The park is surrounded by the fair, the clothing market.
Where is Draguignan?
Draguignan is located in France (Department of the Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) on the Europe /Paris time zone. Nearby are Trans-en-Provence, Les Arcs and Lorgues.
What can we do as a family in Draguignan?
- Tour of the Clock: The square-shaped clock tower of Draguignan dominates the city at the top of a mound.
- Museely Arts and Traditions Museum: This museum will introduce you to the humble craftsmen who have shaped culture and landscape for hundreds of years.
- Museum: The French Army Artillery School has been located in Draguignan since the 1970s and opened this museum in 1982 revealing 600 years of French artillery history.
- Cimeter and American Memorial of the Rhone: There are 860 headstones on more than five hectares, and a guide will tell you the stories of some of the soldiers buried here.
- Pierre de la Fée: A few minutes from the city is this dolmen that was said to have been assembled in the Copper Age about 5000 years ago
Where to eat in Draguignan?
- Table de la Martine
- Taj Mahal
- The Terrace
What are the best activities to do in Draguignan?
- Parc Chabran: The Chabran region of Draguignan has been home to the French army for more than 100 years. The Chabran Park is three hectares of sophisticated gardens with lawns, flower beds, promenades and headless trees, made all the more elegant by the large old barracks houses that overlook the park.
- Municipal Museum of Art and History: With six rooms of painting and artifacts, the Draguignan Museum of Art and History is compact but certainly worth a visit.
- Place of the Market: Just visit a local market in Provence, and in Draguignan, there are two a week in the Market Square in the center of the old town.
What to visit in Draguignan?
- Chapelle Saint-Hermentaire: A few kilometres south of the centre is a place that has a lot to do with the original history of Draguignan. According to legend, this is where Saint Hermentaire killed the dragon that terrorized the Carolingian community in the dark ages. The small church that stands here today has existed in one form or another since the 6th century, while the current architecture dates back to about the 1000s
- Table of Orientation Malmont: Malmont is a limestone peak rising to 551 meters, eight kilometers north of Draguignan. It is in the Pyreneo-Provençale chain, and it is a natural balcony with a magnificent view that extends to all corners of the region.
- San forget Mount Coudon, the summit that looms behind the port of Toulon, and Mount Vinegar, in the Estérel chain just west of Cannes.