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Draguignan town guide


Visitors to the far south of France might get tired of the hustle and bustle of the coastal highway, particularly in the summer months. A visit to Draguignan which is inland from the Autoroute, North of Frejus going towards Grasse, is an antidote to this, taking you up through the foothills, passed the vineyards that produce the excellent Rose wine, to a quieter part of the Provence/Cote D'Azure area.

Saturday morning is a good time to visit as there is a really good food market. Fish, olives and olive oil, garlic, fruit (look out for the huge strawberries from Nice), vegetables and flowers will delight your senses. Take the opportunity to buy some food for an outdoor lunch and then head for the old town. Take a trip up the Tour D'Horloge (clock tower) and enjoy the view. If they are open visit the olive mills. You might also enjoy the clothing market but do not expect haute couture, this is very much a country market.

To get the best out of your picnic, lunch get in your hire car and follow signs for Le Malmont. You will find a Roman Road and near the top, a view point. The town is spread out below you and there are views beyond to the Alps. Not a bad place for lunch! Afterwards there is a short marked walk around the top of the hill.

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