Located in the centre of the French department of Var, Brignoles has been the choice of location for the French nobility to build or acquire their palaces and chateaux. This large market town is still the location to find local produce (every Wednesday) at rock bottom prices, including plums and the many varieties of grape and associated wines that are produced on the sunny slopes surrounding the town.
Upon arrival in accommodation in Brignoles, the best way to explore the town is to take one of two tours; around the ancient ramparts or through the small squares, ancient gateways and stone towers of the middle ages inner city. Both options give you a unique understanding of Provincial France. The moss-covered fountain in the Place Caramy is a lovely symbol of Brignoles old wealth. The provincial museum in the 13th Century Chateau des Comptes de Provence is also well worth visiting from Brignoles accommodation.
There are plenty of delightful little shops around the town centre, but the attraction of a Brignoles holiday home is the hiking trails which can be found around the outskirts of town. Many of the best routes head into the Gareoult and Roquebrussanne hills, some of which take on some extremely strenuous climbs. Upon your return there are some excellent and very reasonably priced restaurants in which to restore you energy levels and relax with a glass of wine.
Brignoles is just inland from the Cote d’Azur - Provence, and the famous seaside resorts with which it is associated. Equidistant from the famous party town of Saint Tropez and the cosmopolitan city of Marseilles, Brignoles has excellent access to some of the finest places, monuments and attractions of Var.
The closest beach resort to a villa or apartment in Brignoles is the town of Toulon. Toulon is a pretty and interesting town with international links and influences visible throughout. It is a scuba diving centre, and one of the best places from which to start a cycling tour of Var.
In summer, Brignoles basks in average temperatures of around 27˚C, with peaks reaching 35˚C during the day. In winter, temperatures remain around 12˚C, so there is never a bad time to retreat to a Brignoles holiday rental and enjoy the town and the surrounding countryside.
Nice Airport (NCE) is the closest airport to Brignoles which receives direct flights from the UK. easyJet and Flybe both provide cheap flights to Nice, and from the airport, you can either hire a car or take on of the many daily busses which links the two settlements.