The medieval fortified town of Fayence is perched magnificently on a hilltop of the Var department, squeezed between the mountains and the sea, between Draguignan and Grasse. This charming town is surrounded by the much-celebrated Provence countryside, and has been a secret tourist favourite for many years.
Fayence is the gateway to the isolated interior of Var, the oak forests of Mons and the deep gorges, shear cliffs and lush vegetation of the Cote d'Azur. The beaches of La Napoule is just 14 miles away, and there are a variety of sweeping sandy beaches or secluded coves on within 20km of a villa in Fayence. There are also a large number of golf courses to satisfy anyone on a golfing holiday. The Four Seasons Terre Blanche Resort is just 3 miles from Fayence, and offers one of the best courses in the area.
Taking a self catering Fayence villa is a hikers and walker's French paradise. There is a huge number of dramatically varied walks and scenery to be explored in the Fayence region of Southern France. Of particular note are the trails from Fayence to the Balcony of the Cote d'Azur, the forested Lac de St Cassien and the Foret de Tourrettes.
The flying club just south of the town of Fayence is considered the best gliding centre in Europe. Flying and gliding enthusiasts are drawn to rental villas in Fayence to enjoy the best facilities and most active flying and gliding centre in Europe. Lessons are available for beginners, and a number of luxury resorts and villas around Fayence have sprung up to cater for visitors.
The Fayence area has a long history. As with much of this region of France, the Roman heritage is impressive. The Roman sites and villas of Notre-Dame-des-Cypres, La Begude and Moulin de Camandoule are particularly worth investigating from any Fayence holiday rental. The spectacular medieval presence here also begs exploration, as the history of Fayence was hugely influenced by the Saracen invasions and native reactions to them.
Tourettes sur Fayence is a small village just a mile from the villas of Fayence. It is surrounded by olive trees, shaded squares, narrow cobbled streets and the Tourettes Castle.
Mons is the highest village in Provence. Poised high on a rock outcrop, the views of the Mediterranean, and the Maures Mountains are unsurpassed.
The magnificent millionaire's playground of Cannes is a great day trip to take from a self catering Fayence house or rental villa.
Fayence has a fantastic climate to enjoy the spectacular countryside. The long summers are warm but not excessively hot, averaging around 25°C in the warmest months (July and August), and dropping to a mild 10°C from December until February.
The closest Airport receiving direct flights from the UK in Nice International Airport (NCE), and daily cheap flights are supplied by British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet amongst others.