The Tourist Information Office in Lorgues is well worth a visit. Here, you will find all the information you need about things to do in Lorgues and its surrounding area.
12 rue du 8 mai
Tel. 04 94 73 92 37
1 Sept - 30 June: 9.00-12.15; 13.15-18.00
1 July - 31 Aug: 9.00-12.15; 14.30-18.30
Also, why not visit the website of the Var Village Voice, www.varvillagevoice.com, Lorgues' very own English language magazine which gives local information, including market days and local golf clubs?
The weather in Provence is characterised by its many hours of sunshine. Provence enjoys a very pleasant climate all year round. The winters are mild and the sun shines approximately 6 hours a day, with average temperatures in January remaining at a surprising 7C. Dining outdoors in winter is not unheard of. In the summer there is an average of 12 hours sunshine a day, with temperatures averaging 22C. On hot summer days we are often pleasantly surprised by the cooling “mistral” breeze. The climate in spring and autumn is very suitable for outdoor living.
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The nearest shops to the house are 3 km away in Le Thoronet. When you get to the T-junction at Le Thoronet, turn right. About 100m up on the left-hand side is a new complex of small shops. There is one small supermarket/mini market, a butcher and a baker amongst others. The minimarket is open on a Sunday morning, which is very rare - most shops in the area are closed on Sundays.
Lorgues, 6km from the house, has a “Casino” supermarket (straight across the roundabout when you come into Lorgues from the direction of the house) and an Intermarché (on the road south out of Lorgues towards Les Arcs). Casino is now open on Sunday mornings during the high season. In the centre of Lorgues, you will find a small selection of shops, including a Pharmacy, a delicatessen, a small stationers/bookshop, a tabac and quite a few cafés.
The nearest hypermarché/large supermarket is E. Leclerc in Le Luc, about 20 minutes away by car, on the road towards Hyères and Toulon. In this complex you will also find a pharmacy, laundrette and tabac.
In Provence there are daily morning markets, which are very popular. If you want to visit them, it is best to go early when it is less crowded. At the markets you will find regional Provençal products such as tablecloths, honey, vinegar, olive oil etc. The spices and vegetables are often displayed as true works of art.
The market in Lorgues on Tuesday morning is one of the biggest markets in the Var and is highly recommended. Below is a brief summary of the different markets in Var:
Tuesday: Lorgues, Cotignac & Figanières
Wednesday: Carcès, Draguignan, Salernes & Vidauban
Thursday: Les Arcs, Le Muy, Villecroze & Bargemon
Friday: Le Luc, Entrecasteaux & La Motte
Saturday: Draguignan,Tourtour, Aups, Callas & Carcès
Sunday: Le Muy, Salernes, Taradeau & Vidauban
The Flea market is every fourth Sunday of the month in Flayosc.
The “Vide Greniers”, the well known antique and second-hand markets are announced during the season with little signs next to the main roads.
In every tourist office they also keep a calendar of the monthly events.
A cosy atmosphere and friendly hospitality are characteristics of the Provençal villages and their inhabitants. In the relatively small villages, the restaurants take on a rather prominent place. Most restaurants are known for their delicious Provençal cuisine. But also in Provence, there is more international cuisine on offer, such as Italian, Spanish & Moroccan. Below is a small selection of restaurants in Lorgues and its surrounding area:
Le 8 (Lorgues)
Cosy little wine bar in Lorgues, ideal for a nice appetizer. Le 8 has a wine list with lots of different rosé, white and red wines, all served by the glass, as well as by the bottle. Alongside the wine, the owner often serves a delicious plate of little snacks.
Opening hours: 9.30-13.30 / 16.30-19.30
Closed Thursdays and Sundays from 9.30 - 13.30
Address: 8, Rue de Dr Cordouan, 83510 Lorgues
La Table de Pol (Lorgues)
Tastefully decorated restaurant in the main street of Lorgues, where you can enjoy a good dinner at reasonable prices. The big terrace in front of the restaurant is a lovely place to enjoy the village life of Lorgues in the summer.
Address: 18, Place Georges Clemenceau, 83510 Lorgues
Tel: 04 94 47 08 41
La Main à la Pate (Lorgues)
This is an authentic Italian restaurant where the food is prepared in a traditional Italian way. It is also possible to take away lasagna, delicious anti-pasta, stuffed aubergines, etc.
Opening hours: open daily, except on Wednesdays
Address: Rue de la Vieille Commune, 83510 Lorgues
Tel: 04 94 73 73 73
Le Bistro Gourmet (Lorgues)
With its authentic Mediterranean menu, here you can have a dinner with three courses for about 20 Euros per person. It is also a nice place to have lunch.
Address: 12, PlaceGeorges Clemenceau, 83510 Lorgues
Tel: 04 94 67 68 97
Les Rêves d'Isabelle (Lorgues)
Well hidden, this little cosy café is situated opposite the big church in Lorgues. The café has a limited menu, but its little courtyard is an ideal place to have lunch.
Opening hours: open dailly from 10.30-18.30,
closed on Sundays and Wednesdays
Address: Place de l' Eglise, 83510 Lorgues
Tel: 04 94 73 96 28
Chez Vincent (Lorgues)
Small, charming restaurant just off the main street of Lorgues, below the fountain and town hall, with seating inside and out. Very friendly staff. Serves French cuisine. Menu du jour about 30 EUR.
Address: 7 Avenue Allongue, 83510 Lorgues
Tel: 04 94 67 63 80
Le ChrisSandier (Lorgues)
This is a wonderful gourmet restaurant situated on the main street of Lorgues. It has a big terrace on the street and a little romantic terrace at the back of the restaurant. LeChrisSandier has a varied menu, with lots of delicious dishes.
Opening hours: open daily in July and August; off season closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Address: 18, Cours de la Republique, 83510, Lorgues
Tel:04 94 67 67 15
Chez Bruno (Lorgues)
Dining in style is possible chez Bruno, the world famous truffle king. The famous restaurant of top chef Bruno has gained its name from Bruno’s love of truffles, which are transformed into miraculous dishes. There are set menus available ranging from 69-185 Euros, depending on the type of truffle you choose. This restaurant is situated close to the village of Lorgues, on the road heading south towards Taradeau and Les Arcs.
Address: Campagne Mariette,83510, Lorgues
Tel: 04 94 85 93 93
La Fourchette (Entrecasteaux)
Tucked away behind the château and right next to the Medieval church, this charming restaurant, run by a very friendly French/American couple, offers traditional French cuisine with a touch of original flare. In summer you can dine on the terrace which enjoys a fine view; in winter you can dine in front of the fire.
Address: Rue le Courtil, 83570 Entrecasteaux
Tel: 04 94 04 42 78
Le Clos des Vignes (Cotignac)
An elegant restaurant in a rustic setting surrounded by vineyards. Offers traditional provencal cuisine.
Address: Route de Montfort - quartier Nestuby, 83570 Cotignac
Tel: 04 94 04 72 19
Visit the attractive Mediterranean coastal towns of St. Tropez and Antibes, among others, just one hour’s drive away. The beaches at St. Raphael and Fréjus, are just 40 minutes away.
Take a tour of the vineyards of the Côtes de Provence, known mostly for their fine rosé wines. Start at the “Maison des Vins” in Les Arcs for an introduction to all the wines of the area.
Maison des Vins
Route Nationale 7
83460 Les Arcs-sur-Argens
Tel. 04 94 99 50 20
This fine old Cistercian abbey is located west of Le Thoronet and only about 10-15 minutes from the house. The abbey was started by Cistercian monks who moved here from the Mazan Abbey in the Ardèche (after a stay in the Florège River valley near Tourtour, about 20 km to the north) around 1140. The abbey buildings, church and cloisters were built in 1160-1190. In the 14th century, religious wars and politics resulted in the abbey being abandoned. It wasn't until the eighteenth century that the abbey started to be used again, and then during the French Revolution it was sold off and abandoned again. In the 1850's, the state bought the abbey and began rebuilding it. The rebuilding has continued, slowly, until the present day. There is an entrance fee to visit, which allows you to roam freely inside or join a guided tour. The abbey is all stone, and includes a church, adjoining chapter house, dormitory and store room, and cloisters. The church is built of stone blocks, cut and assembled by hand, without the use of cement
This immense and magnificent canyon straddles the départements of Var and the Alpes de Hautes Provence. The gigantic cliffs of calcareous rock are the result of the erosion of the Verdon river. In the midst of a nature reserve, rich in flora and fauna, the scenery here is astonishing. Never really discovered until the beginning of the century, the Verdon Gorges have since then fascinated innumerable visitors. There is no doubt that the sight is imposing! The custodial villages nestled at the foot of the fault have maintained their old fashioned Provençal appeal. Here you will be warmly welcomed and, thanks to the fabulous natural resources of the area, countless activities are available: white water rafting, canyoning, kayaking, sailing, water skiing, fishing. paragliding, free flight, gliding. Also possible are climbing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking. The Regional Park of Verdon (Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon) was officially set up in March 1997. It includes 43 towns of the two départements and spreads out over nearly 178,000 ha.
For the more energetic and adventurous amongst you
, you can enjoy a fun day out on a kayak tour along the Argens River, not far from the house on the route de Carces.
The mountains of the Alpes Maritimes – enjoy hiking in summer or skiing in winter. The nearest ski resorts to the house are Gréolières les Neiges, north of Draguignan and just under 2 hours drive away; and Isola 2000 and Auron, about 2.5 hours drive from the house.
The small ski resort of Gréolières les Neiges is situated in the Alpes Maritimes département in the Southern Alps. The lift- served area extends from1400 metres to 1800 metres. There are 9 Green runs, 3 Blue, 15 Red and 3 Black. The resort is located just 45 km from Antibes and Nice and is just 20km from the coast. The proximity of the Mediterranean sea means that the season is shorter than other local resorts such as Isola 2000, but 7 pistes are covered by snow canons ensuring a Christmas opening. The slopes are situated on a north facing bowl which means the pistes can get quite hard and are in shadow by the early afternoon.
Isola 2000 is the closest high resort to the Côte d' Azur. The drive to Isola 2000 from Nice is a spectacular one that winds up through the steep river gorges of the Alpes Maritimes and takes just one and a half hours. Purpose-built in the 1970s, Isola 2000 has tried hard to lessen the ugliness of its ill-conceived concrete buildings by cladding many with wood and newer buildings are mostly traditional chalets in the pine forests above Hameau. The terrain is varied and is especially good for beginners and intermediates with a respectable 120km of piste and some challenging wooded off-piste runs for snowboarders and advanced skiers after new snow. Being located so close to the sea and above 1800m, Isola 2000 gets the brunt of the snowfall from storm systems moving into the Western Med and can often have very different conditions to the rest of the Alps. Early in the season, Isola 2000 tends to be more snow-sure than higher resorts further north but being so close to Nice means that it can get very busy at weekends and holidays.
Auron is located above the Tinée Valley near
the town of Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée. Instead of turning off at the village
of Isola, which you do to get to Isola 2000, you carry on up the valley for
Auron. Auron is a more traditional ski resort with 135km of ski runs, at
an elevation of 1600m to 2450m. It has 42 pistes spread out over 4
different areas. The resort is part of the Stations du Mercantour group,
along with Isola 2000 and St. Dalmas.
The Côte D'Azur/French Riviera
Côtes de Provence
Shops and Supermarkets
The Abbaye du Thoronet
Gorge du Verdon
Kayaking on the Argens River
The following Golf Clubs are within an hour’s drive of Lorgues:
1. Golf de Barbaroux
2. Golf de St Endréol
3. Golf du Roquebrune
4. Golf de l'Ésterel
5. Four Seasons Golfclub
6. Golf de St Maxime
7. Golf de Beauvallon
8. Golf de Gassin
9. Golf de Valcros
10. Golf de Valgarde
11. Golf de Dolce Frégatte
12. Golf de la St Baume