A hill town in Provence, with over 200 properties available for holiday rental.
Welcome to Lorgues – A Hill Town in Provence
Lorgues is situated in the centre of the Var, the largest department in Provence.
It is a bustling town throughout the year with a Tuesday market that is one of the best in the Var, and there is also a farmers and artisans market from mid-June until mid-September every Friday from 7am until 1pm.
Lorgues has over 200 properties available for holiday rental with the capacity to sleep between 2 – 25 visitors.
Lorgues Street Scene
An antiques market is held twice during the summer (ask at the tourist office for dates)
Lorgues in the Winter 2011
Bordered by two rivers, with sloping hills and terraced planting, the land around is also full ot little hamlets, chapels and the stunning Gorges du Verdon.
Recently the Sunday Times ran a feature about Lorgues being the best “base camp” to locate in for holidays in S France because :
* Year round activity ( unlike many out of season ghost towns in the Luberon ).
* Proximity to major tourist attractions ( St Tropez, Gorges du Verdon, Ski resorts )
* Proximity to major cities ( Nice, Marseilles, Antibes, Aix, Avignon )
Lorgues Grillon Cafe
In Lorgues itself you have an all weather covered Tennis Club, Horse Riding, Public Swimming Pool, Cinema and 2* Michelin Restaurant + many lesser reastaurants.
Lorgues Town Hall
In the summer there are free public concerts or other events most nights of the week.
On every Tuesday, throughout the year, there is one of the biggest street markets in the S. France, and mid-week there are other antiques or farmers type markets in season.
Nearby several vilages have Boules Courts and there are 2 fine Golf Courses within 30 mins drive and many more within 60-90 mins.
Within walking distance of Lorgues are many forests, and in season there are opportunites to shoot game, particularly Sangliers ( Wild Boar).
Lorgues is very cosmopolitan, with many English & Scandinavian familes living close by.
Lorgues Old Clock Tower
The Sainsbury’s, and BMW family have big estates in the commune, and James Dyson another nearby.
So there is a wider use of English language than in many other Var locations.
L’abbaye du Thoronet
A few minutes from Lorgues is the famous L’abbaye du Thoronet, a former Cistercian abbey built in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century. It is now restored as a museum. It is sited between the towns of Draguignan and Brignoles in the Var Department of Provence, in southeast France. It is one of the three Cistercian abbeys in Provence, along with the Sénanque Abbey and Silvacane, that together are known as “the Three Sisters of Provence.”
The Abbey of Thoronet is one of the best examples of the spirit of the Cistercian order. Even the acoustics of the church imposed a certain discipline upon the monks; because of the stone walls, which created a long echo, the monks were forced to sing slowly and perfectly together. The abbey is fundamentally connected to its site, and is an exceptional example of spirituality and philosophy transformed into architecture. It is distinguished, like other Cistercian abbeys, by its purity, harmony, and lack of decoration or ornament.