Location & Getting Here

LOCATION

Figanières is a beautiful Medieval Provençal settlement sitting at the gateway to the Gorges du Verdon making Bastide Espérels the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding areas. Whether you are more at home tasting the fabulous local wine, shopping, exploring the beaches of the Côte d’Azur or rafting, canoeing and cycling, there is something for everyone. Located in the Var départment, this area of Provence is most famous for its Côtes de Provence rosé wine and olive production. Rosé is the favoured tipple here, so much so that you will rarely find a local drinking white! There is delicious food to suit all tastes, lively and colourful local markets, cafés and Michelin-starred restaurants. And of course there are many local vineyards where you can go and taste and buy wine to take home and enjoy. In winter, the ski resorts of the Alpes du Sud are a short drive away.

By Plane

By Train

By Car

HOW TO GET HERE:

By Car: We are only 1 hour from Nice airport. Take exit 36 off the main arterial A8 autoroute, also known as ‘La Provençale’. By train: Take the Eurostar to Paris then take a train to 
Les-Arcs-Draguignan. It is then around a 25 minute drive to the house. From July to early September, the Eurostar runs from St. Pancras International and Ashford International direct to Avignon Centre – please note this is a 2 to 2.5 hour drive from the house. Nearest Airports:

  • Nice (Cote d’Azur): 90km, 1h drive
  • Toulon-Hyères: 100 km, 1h 10m drive
  • Marseille: 143km, 1h 30m drive

BEACHES & SWIMMING

There are natural swimming lakes 15 minutes away at the Gorges de Pennafort. The stunning beaches of the Riviera are easy to reach by car, the two nearest are Sainte Maxime and Fréjus around 30 minutes drive. We recommend a day taking the ferry from Sainte Maxime to St. Tropez for a fun way to see the coast. If you prefer mountain swims, nearby is the Lac de Saint Cassien and the breathtaking Lac de Saint Croix nestled in the Gorges du Verdon, France’s answer to the Grand Canyon, where you can gently pedalo, hire a guide and go trout fishing or for the more active, rafting and canyoning. The scenery is incredible.

Nearest Beaches

Swimming Lakes

The Local Villages

PLACES TO VISIT

Most of the local villages have remained relatively unchanged for centuries. Set amongst forests of oak, pine and maquis, villages such as Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Tourtour ‘the village in the sky’, Cotignac and beautiful Bargème are well worth exploring.

DISCOVERING THE AREA

On relaxing days you may visit some of the many local markets, book a vineyard tour, or perhaps visit the Abbaye de Thoronet (where on some days during Summer it is possible to hear Gregorian chant) or go bird watching - the choices are endless. More ideas and information can be provided on booking.

Local Tours & Exploring

Activities & Resorts

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

  • Golf - there are 2 beautiful championship golf courses within 30 minutes' drive - Terre Blanche at Fayence and St. Endreol, La Motte.
  • Spa - 5* facilities at the above resorts
  • Tennis - there are 2 local tennis courts nearby
  • Waterparks - Aqualand Water Park at Fréjus and another at Sainte Maxime.
  • Skiing - for winter visitors, we are 73km (around 2 hours drive) from the ski resorts of Gréolières with Isola further east. Snow tyres/chains needed!

A wonderful holiday, thank you Helen. We stayed in the villa for a week with 4 other couples, all with children aged from 0 to 5 years. The villa is spacious, beautiful and peaceful (toddlers aside), with glorious views. It is totally geared towards a successful family/group holiday with a wide range of baby equipment, toys, and of course the fabulous pool, ping pong, pétanque and trampoline - there was never a dull moment. We enjoyed some brilliant day trips to the beach, vineyards and surrounding medieval villages. A very happy and memorable holiday - we will definitely be coming back.
Holly, London
May 2016