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Collobrières

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Collobrières - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Var
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Collobrières is a commune in the Var, Provence-Alpes-Côtes d'Azur, 40 km northeast of Toulon and twenty kilometers of beaches of Lavandou and Lalonde south.

The village has about 2000 inhabitants is located in the heart of the Maures hills and forests rising to 770 m, and its vast territory, with an area of ​​112 km², is particularly green (forests, vineyards). It is crossed by a stream, the Real Collobrier.

Founded in the twelfth century around a medieval wall now disappeared, the town has developed through the exploitation of its forests (sawmills, corks factories) and its basement (lead mines, copper and iron).

Capital of chestnut Collobrières preserved an aspect of typical picturesque Provencal village while opening up to tourism (hiking in the mountains, near the coast, folk traditions and greedy).

Heritage and environment make it a must when vacationing in the Var, in particular for its gastronomy, its fabulous ice cream with chestnut and candied chestnuts, which will be presented during the festivities of the Chestnut, the last three Sundays of the month 'October.

Geographical information

MunicipalityCollobrières
Postcode83610
Latitude43.2372770 (N 43° 14’ 14”)
Longitude6.3092010 (E 6° 18’ 33”)
AltitudeFrom 58m to 776m
Surface area112.68 km²
Population2010 inhabitants
Density17 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureToulon (43 km, 38 min)
Insee code83043
IntercommunalityCC Méditerranée Porte des Maures
DepartmentVar
TerritoriesFrench Riviera, Provence
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Pierrefeu-du-Var14.9 km (20 min)
Gonfaron20 km (32 min)
Puget-Ville21 km (27 min)
Bormes-les-Mimosas21 km (38 min)
Cuers22 km (30 min)
La Londe-les-Maures22 km (36 min)
Les Mayons23 km (38 min)
Grimaud25 km (36 min)
Carnoules26 km (31 min)
Cogolin26 km (37 min)
Le Lavandou27 km (44 min)
La Crau28 km (35 min)
Pignans29 km (35 min)
Flassans-sur-Issole29 km (43 min)

Things to see and do

A beautiful walk in the village allows to discover its history and a large part of its heritage. From the medieval heart perched on a spur to more modern districts (eighteenth, nineteenth) when the town developed along the Real, steep streets lined with houses with orange facades, squares, shaded terraces and cobbles (alleys of which the pavement is covered with pebbles) constitute a village in the shape of a Provencal postcard which is revealed to the visitor.

We will linger at the Saint-Coeur de Marie church also called Our Lady of Victories, Gothic style, erected from 1875 to 1878 to replace the church Saint-Pons (twelfth, in ruins). Bright, the church has a large nave, a polygonal apse and its choir is surrounded by beautiful carved woodwork. The facade has a large rose window and height collateral, stained glass windows. Note its portal with ogival pediment supported by columns and a carved tympanum.

To see also, the town hall of the nineteenth century, the squares Rouget de l'Isle and the Town Hall lined with plane trees, a donkey bridge of the twelfth, the remains of the church of Saint-Pons.

About ten kilometers from the village but still on the municipal territory, a detour is needed to the old Carthusian monastery of Verne, founded in the twelfth century by the bishops of Fréjus and Toulon. Isolated but prosperous, with a Romanesque church of which there remains some vestiges, the Charterhouse was looted several times, burned, and even dismantled during the Revolution. The buildings then fell into ruin, and even if they were classified in 1921, its remains seemed doomed to oblivion when a major restoration campaign began in the 1980s. The whole site has now regained its splendor. antan (church, buildings conventual, cloister), and it is accessed by a forest road. The chartreuse has even recovered a serpentine stone door, a volcanic marble typical of the Massif des Maures. Some religious took over the place. But visits are possible, as are spiritual retreats. Open all year except January. Information on +33 4 94 43 48 28.

Many thematic hikes have been traced and marked out of difficulties and lengths varied (besides a specific route on the village itself). They allow to discover the rich forest of the Moors, singular sites like the Lambert Plateau and its menhirs or the chapel Notre-Dame des Anges, and take famous circuits (GR 9, GR 90 and GR 51). A botanical trail has finally been designed. For cyclists (cycling on the road or mountain bike), specific loops and paths are available. Hiking maps and information on +33 4 94 48 08 00.

For sport and leisure, for equestrian rides in a "western" atmosphere, contact +33 6 25 79 41 92. And for a game of tennis, contact +33 6 22 80 13 39 to reserve a court.

On the cultural level, the Atelier Musée du Santon traces the history of this Provençal tradition. Open every day except Wednesday. Information on +33 6 43 79 38 25.

As for the Geological Interpretation Center of the Massif des Maures, it presents exhibitions of Var minerals, rocks and fossils. Open from May to November. Information on +33 4 94 48 08 00.

Places of interest

Information points
Monuments
Natural sites

Events and festivities

The third weekend of May, the festival of Nature aims to raise awareness of the fragility of the Mediterranean ecosystem and the wealth of its heritage. On the program, fun activities, exhibitions, conferences.

In May or June, on the occasion of the Ascension weekend, Trail of the Moors (pedestrian race through the massif).

Sunday before August 15, feast of fountains. Many events commemorate "the arrival of water" in the village in 1891 but are now dedicated to the know-how and products of winemakers in the town.

On the third Sunday of September, the Village des Arts is organizing numerous exhibitions (150 artists are gathered, painters or sculptors).

On the last three Sundays of October, the chestnut festivals offer a large market of artisans, producers and artists. Fun and musical animations are offered in parallel.

Finally, every Thursday and Sunday morning, the Place de la Mairie market allows you to discover and savor the terroir of Provence.

Trail of the Moors

Photos

Chartreuse de la Verne - North wall and church steeple (© J.E)
Chartreuse de la Verne - North wall and church steeple (© J.E)
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The old village of Collobrières
The old village of Collobrières
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View of Collobrières in the hills of the Maures massif
View of Collobrières in the hills of the Maures massif
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The old bridge of the twelfth century (© J.E)
The old bridge of the twelfth century (© J.E)
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Ruins of the old Saint-Pons church (© J.E)
Ruins of the old Saint-Pons church (© J.E)
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Chartreuse of the Verne (© J.E)
Chartreuse of the Verne (© J.E)
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The old bridge, on Real Collobrier (© J.E)
The old bridge, on Real Collobrier (© J.E)
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Entrance porch in the upper village (© J.E)
Entrance porch in the upper village (© J.E)
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Chartreuse de la Verne - Great cloister (© J.E)
Chartreuse de la Verne - Great cloister (© J.E)
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Town Hall Square - Market every Sunday
Town Hall Square - Market every Sunday
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The entrance of the village
The entrance of the village
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The Town Hall Square with its shops and bars
The Town Hall Square with its shops and bars
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The Town Hall with its beautiful fountain
The Town Hall with its beautiful fountain
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View of the Maures massif
View of the Maures massif
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The chapel Notre-Dame des Anges
The chapel Notre-Dame des Anges
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The old chestnut of Malière
The old chestnut of Malière
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Bars and restaurants on the river
Bars and restaurants on the river
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Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy (© Jean Espirat)
Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave of the Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy (© J.E)
Nave of the Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy (© J.E)
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Church of Our Lady of Victories (© J.E)
Church of Our Lady of Victories (© J.E)
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Nave of the Church of Our Lady of Victories (© J.E)
Nave of the Church of Our Lady of Victories (© J.E)
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Altarpiece of the church and statue of Our Lady of Victories (© J.E)
Altarpiece of the church and statue of Our Lady of Victories (© J.E)
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The village seen from the old bridge (© J.E)
The village seen from the old bridge (© J.E)
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Collobrières town hall (© J.E)
Collobrières town hall (© J.E)
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Central square with fountain and plane trees (© J.E)
Central square with fountain and plane trees (© J.E)
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Former Saint-Pons church (© J.E)
Former Saint-Pons church (© J.E)
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Ruins of the old Saint-Pons church (© J.E)
Ruins of the old Saint-Pons church (© J.E)
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Châtaigneraie de la Verne (© J.E)
Châtaigneraie de la Verne (© J.E)
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Chartreuse of the Verne (© J.E)
Chartreuse of the Verne (© J.E)
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Chartreuse of the Verne - La porteie (© J.E)
Chartreuse of the Verne - La porteie (© J.E)
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Chartreuse de la Verne - The cellar (© J.E)
Chartreuse de la Verne - The cellar (© J.E)
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Chartreuse de la Verne - Bread oven (© J.E)
Chartreuse de la Verne - Bread oven (© J.E)
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Chartreuse de la Verne - Small cloister (© J.E)
Chartreuse de la Verne - Small cloister (© J.E)
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Chartreuse de la Verne - In the oil mill, the old presses (© J.E)
Chartreuse de la Verne - In the oil mill, the old presses (© J.E)
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Charterhouse of the Verne - West Wall (© J.E)
Charterhouse of the Verne - West Wall (© J.E)
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Chartreuse de la Verne - Nave of the church (© J.E)
Chartreuse de la Verne - Nave of the church (© J.E)
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Chartreuse de la Verne - In the bakery, a former mechanical kneader (© J.E)
Chartreuse de la Verne - In the bakery, a former mechanical kneader (© J.E)
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Main portal of the Charterhouse of the Verne (© J.E)
Main portal of the Charterhouse of the Verne (© J.E)
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Chartreuse de la Verne - North-West corner tower and secondary door (© J.E)
Chartreuse de la Verne - North-West corner tower and secondary door (© J.E)
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Weather

Friday 27 may
Min. 18°C - Max. 28°C
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Saturday 28 may
Min. 18°C - Max. 30°C
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Sunday 29 may
Min. 16°C - Max. 24°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Boat hire for a sea excursion
Nature and the great outdoors75 € to 95 € Le Lavandou (12.2 km)
Guided excursion on a hybrid propulsion boat
Nature and the great outdoors29 € to 38 € Bormes-les-Mimosas (13.6 km)
Little Train in Londe les Maures
Entertainment5 € La Londe-les-Maures (14.3 km)
Wine tourism visit to the Domaine la Marseillaise
Local flavours11 € La Crau (18 km)
Escape game - Escape room
Entertainment20 € to 23 € Cuers (19.3 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Lake Trapan Tower
HikeEasy2h00Bormes-les-Mimosas (9.8 km)
Walk around the old village
Village visitEasy45 minCogolin (18.2 km)
Traditional activities of the Mole Valley
HikeEasy1h00Cogolin (18.5 km)
Ridge Path
HikeAthletic4h00Cogolin (18.8 km)
Botanical Path
HikeEasy30 minCogolin (19.5 km)

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