Where to stay in a beautiful and undiscovered part of Provence

View of the hill top town of Montauroux in Provence

Montauroux is a small hilltop village in the department of Var, Provence. From its elevated position, surrounded by forests there are fabulous views over the gorgeous countryside.

One of 8 traditional Provencal villages in the Fayence area, it is ideally situated between the mountains and the sea (Cannes beaches are only 25km away) and close to the St Cassien Lake. It really is in the heart of Provence, a land of olive orchards, vines and lavender fields. And, though not well known to overseas visitors, it’s the perfect base for discovering this perfect corner of southern France.

Montauroux one of the prettiest villages in Provence that you’ve never heard of…

Montauroux offers a range of activities including water sports, fishing in St Cassien lake, horse riding, rambling and tennis. There are some small and authentic restaurants in the town and you’re spoiled for things to do in the area…

Chapelle Saint Barthelemy Montauroux

Built in 1638, the chapel has been restored several times, once by none other than haute couturier Christian Dior who had a summer residence in Montauroux. He left the chapel to the town and it’s well worth a look with its beautiful painted wooden interior.

A bench on top of a hill in Provence overlooking beautiful countryside

Le Jardin Les Bambous du Mandarin in Montauroux

More than 80 types of bamboo grow here and it’s a lovely space for a wander and to relax. Peppered with statues of Buddha, koi carp swimming in the pond, on a hot day this oriental garden is the ideal place to be.

Pont des Tuves Montauroux

It’s not an easy walk to reach it, but this mini paradise is well worth seeking out. Start at the Stade Municipal and follow the signs. It’s a bit steep, and a bit rocky so only attempt it if you’re fit. When you reach the river’s edge you’ll find breath-taking views and nature at its best.

Grotte de Saint-Cezaire

The caves of Saint Cezaire are located just outside the town of Grasse, 15km from Montauroux. Discover the imposing stalactites and spectacular landscape 40m underground. Stop off at the Bistro L’Aragonite, the onsite restaurant where you’ll find a traditional Provencal menu (lunch only). And, if you still feel energetic, enjoy the tree top climbing park.

A few minutes away by car is La Chevrerie du Bois d’Amon goat farm. Kids are encouraged to get stuck in and help out and while you’re there enjoy a freshly made ice cream and take home some delicious cheese.

Sunset in Provence, a deeply pink and purple sky over a field of vines and forest

Callian Perched Village

Callian, near Lac St Cassien, is a lovely, traditional little hill top town to get lost in, with cobbled narrow streets, and old manor houses with colourful shutters on every window. Some streets are very steep and might not be suitable for elderly or immobile visitors, but if you can, it’s worth the effort to walk, especially if you find yourself at the quaint little creperie!

Where to stay in Montauroux

Swimming pool in a holiday resort in Provence, small cottage style holiday homes around it

Les Bastides des Chaumettes is a 4 Star holiday residence in Montauroux, located 300m from the nearest shops and 2km from the resort centre. Consisting of 43 holiday houses, designed to reflect the typical Provencal architectural style of the area, they sleep from 2 to 8 people. Though these Lagrange Holiday cottages are self-catering, there is a hotel service available to make your holiday even more relaxing. There’s also a heated pool and games area and boules pitch. You can book from 2 nights to longer (long term rentals offer a seriously good discount). For a comfy, stylish holiday home rental in this lovely part of Provence, this makes for the perfect base. Find out more here: Les Bastides des Chaumettes, Montauroux, Provence

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