A few steps from the coast, Cogolin is a picturesque Provencal village built on the slopes of the Massif des Maures.
With a very mild climate all year round, Cogolin is one of the few municipalities in the department of Var that slowly stretches of land to the shores of the Mediterranean.
Life has developed around its fortifications, located in the upper part where still dominates the Clock Tower. This is the remnant of one of the entries wall. This defensive system included residential houses and stately home. Cogolin and watered by the Giscle and Mole flourished, enjoying the wealth of its natural environment: the Maures (cork, heather), plain fertile land (market gardening, sugarcane) and its slopes with vineyards produce a renowned wine.
Located in the heart of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, the city is now a popular holiday resort, with its heritage, its craftsmanship and its environment. A nearby beaches of Saint-Tropez and its peninsula active and lively throughout the year, the city also offers the diversity and quality of its fabric artisans and traders.
It is a cultural village with the Abode Sellier, called castle nestled in the old city, opening its doors free of charge throughout the year. On 3 floors with a monumental staircase, visitors multiplies discoveries:
First with the museum of the Rooster. Nearly 400 objects marked with the effigy of gallinaceous, from art, crafts, advertising or daily gathered here. Many opportunities to learn, discover knowledge, to be surprised or even understand all beliefs and imagination that the animal feeds in France ... and the world!
The Mansion Sellier also hosts a program of monthly exhibitions. 6 rooms are devoted to the visual arts (painting, photography, sculpture). The artists presented are selected for the originality of their artistic approach, the quality of their work and their ability to take ownership of this place.
Borrowing porches serpentines, fountains and narrow streets, discover the old village ... Throughout the year, several methods are proposed visit according to your desires:
The ride told the old village: Every Thursday, accompanied by a regional tour guide, go through the streets of the old town to discover a more intimate Cogolin. This tour is narrated the opportunity to discover the history of the city and the wealth of its soil. From anecdotes puzzles let you tell Cogolin. Starting from 6 people booking later than the day on +33 4 94 55 01 10.
The tourist card: Visit the old village freely through the paper. Available at the Tourist Office.
The Heritage Information panels: 10 information panels located in the old center can discover throughout the year and freely, the main elements of heritage in the narrow streets. They are equipped with QR codes that give access via a Smartphone, a multimedia presentation. Find the location of signs on the tourist map.
Crafts: unique expertise! In an almost exclusively rural activity, based on livestock and vegetable production, Cogolin pass in the 19th century a craft and small industry. Several artisans, custodians expertise fewer still exercise their talents in the city: Courrieu pipe factory, carpet factory, manufactures hip and cane.
Cogolin is also the Sea side .. with 3 sites:
Marines: Framed by the beach and Port Grimaud, Marines Cogolin are organized around four basins hosting 1600 boats. Facing the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, the Marina offers all the necessary services to boaters: chandlers, shipyard, rental and boat dealers, boat school, service station, divers ... Marines, it is also a resort . Along the waterfront, a wide choice of apartments and holiday afloat is proposed as well as restaurants, bars, library, grocery store, laundry, shuttle boat. For leisure, diving, excursions, boat trips, bicycle, water sports and beach are available to you during the season.
Port and Port Cogolin Gisclette: On a more discreet charm, Port Cogolin welcomes around its pool of 180 places, shops and restaurants. Here reign the art galleries and shops decoration in a quiet conducive to relaxation. Finally, the port Giscle is reserved for local fishermen and boaters. They celebrate each year in June their patron Saint Peter!
The range of Marines: 400 meters of sand and peaceful offering a wide panorama of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. A range that offers the ideal break away from the roads and the comfort of its facilities nearby: restaurants waterfront, beach volleyball court, showers and large shaded parking. Swimming is monitored from 15 June to 15 September. Municipal water sports offers year-round guided and led by its graduates professional services courses for groups or individuals from 8 years: sea kayaking, paddle boarding, windsurfing, catamaran, optimist ... enjoy the plan protected water Gulf of Saint-Tropez to introduce you to the pleasures of sailing.
The valley of the Mole: Cogolin the heart of a rare natural environment! Mole Valley with its green appearance and remarkable scenery provides a unique atmosphere. Its slightly modified natural areas and its rural character make this preserved the "lung" of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez valley. In this atmosphere adds exceptional biodiversity. The variety of environments (rivers, pastures, fields and forests) creates a range of ecosystems and is home to protected species but also some customary in the Mediterranean region. Three ways to discover the valley throughout the year (documentation available at the Tourist Office):
The nature trail leads you to the discovery of 34 specific local plants with 18 illustrated panels, to go with family.
The trail crests: This trail takes most athletes on the heights of the Massif des Maures. After working with cork oaks, arbutus, heather and mastic, it leads to the ridge offering impressive views of the Gulf and the Moors.
The route discovery traditional activities of the valley along an easily walkable trail for cyclists and pedestrians, five thematic panels will lead you to the discovery of the cork oak, mulberry, pastoralism, canes and heather and operated grown over time by men.
Art Exhibitions: A dwelling Sellier, six rooms are open to temporary exhibitions. The city hosts throughout the year in this space, a variety of artistic expressions worn by talented local artists from France and Europe.
The Flower Show: The rendezvous for lovers of gardening end of April! At first plantations, professionals present during a day on the Place de la République, a wide selection of plants, seedlings, shrubs, flowers and everything necessary for the implementation of a personalized garden.
The Chopper and Co: Every year in May on the occasion of the Eurofestival Harley Davidson, Cogolin plunges in mind "Old School" of the firm in Milwaukee. This is the component "Custom and Rock'n Roll", dear purists, which is set before the time of day Place de la République: concerts, competitions, demonstrations ... The Customs Budders confront the result of hours of work past on their machines!
Trans'Arts: Every summer in July and August, the city offers a large place to the visual arts. Nearly 80 painters, sculptors and photographers are welcome in four places, sometimes unusual. Centre Maurin des Maures for Trans'Arts lounge or under Trans'Arts Outside the Walls disseminated in town, organizers are working to bring together a selection of artists for wide horizons.
Festival of the Sea: In July and August, docks and beach Marines Cogolin come alive. Each week is an opportunity to participate in a festive evening open to all walkers, boaters and cogolinois. Concerts, lunch on the beach, fireworks punctuate the summer.
Day of the Rooster: The first weekend of September marks the return to local associations. Day Rooster is then used to gather around a festive program associative meals, demonstrations, concerts enliven these 2 days.
The European Heritage Days: Every third weekend of September Cogolin is deeply involved in this event. Guided walks, openings wineries, craft workshops tours, lectures ... During these two days the city reveals its history, its architectural, crafts.