Steeped in history, the charming town of Les Arcs, also known as Les Arcs sur Argens, is the perfect choice for your next villa holiday in France. The historic old quarter, La Parage, is home to the ruins of a castle as well as an impressive 13th century Saracen tower that overlooks the town. Due to its proximity to River Argens, the surrounding area is renowned for its vineyards and wineries, so be sure to sample the local vintage!
Local Markets and Shopping
In Les Arcs you’ll find a handful of shops including a bakery, butchers and pharmacy. There is also a larger supermarket on the outskirts of town, perfect for stocking up your villa. Many of the surrounding towns, such as Taradeau and Vidauban, are home to a weekly Provencal market, where you can pick up some great local produce. Head to the larger town of Draguignan for a wide selection of clothing shops and souvenirs.
Bars and Restaurants
You’ll find a good choice of restaurants and cafes in Les Arcs, many of which offer a traditional French menu. This area is full of wineries – be sure to visit the Chateau Sainte Roseline, one of the best-known vineyards in Provence, located just 10 minutes’ drive away.
The French Riviera is famous for its stunning coastline, with plenty of beautiful beaches for you to explore. Plage Frejus, a wide sandy beach stretching for over 1000 yards, is located 18 miles from Les Arcs. Here you will find a promenade with some restaurants and cafes, and sunbeds can be rented from the private beach club. Further along the coast, Plage d’Agay is located between Frejus and Cannes, where you can rent stand-up paddleboards and boats.
If you’re looking to cool down, you can try your hand at canoeing or kayaking on the River Argens -a great activity for children aged 12 years and over! Or, why not head to Provence Aventure in Vidauban? An aerial adventure park with zip lining, canopy walks and high ropes.
Further afield, Azur Park is just outside of St. Tropez, with over 30 rides and attractions including a crazy golf course to keep the whole family occupied. The park is an evening affair, open from 8pm in the summer months.
Places of Interest
Le Parage, the old quarter of Les Arcs sur Argens, is well worth a visit. This area is home to charming cobbled streets, traditional stone houses, a 17th century clock tower and a 13th century Saracen tower. In nearby Le Thoronet you’ll find the Abbaye du Thoronet, a 12th century abbey with beautiful Romanesque architecture. Here you can also visit the olive press and cellars where the monks made oil and wine.
The bustling town of Draguignan, 20 minutes’ drive away, has a wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Home to 2 military academies, visit the Musee de L'Artillerie showcasing the French artillery and military culture. There is also the Musee Muncipal d’Art et D’Histoire, home to a collection of paintings and sculptures. Set on a hill you can also see the Tour de l’Horloge, a 17th century clocktower with great views of the town.
For a day trip, the glamorous resort of St. Tropez is 25 miles away. Here you can while away a day celebrity spotting amongst the designer boutiques or admiring the superyachts. Head to the old quarter and wander around the cobbled lanes before visiting the 17th century La Citadel, a nautical museum offering stunning sea views. Visit on a Tuesday or Saturday to browse the local market.