Stay in Draguignan in the Var
Draguignan is one of the most fascinating cities in Provence. Gorged with history, this town in the Var department has both the charm of a village and the dynamism of a large city.
For a little appetizer, know that Draguignan is also called the city of the dragon because of a frightening legend. Indeed, a particularly monstrous dragon is said to have terrorized the surrounding area. After days of terror, legend has it that Saint-Honorat (the name at the origin of one of the two islands of Lérins off Cannes) killed him. Mortally wounded, the beast would have come to die at the site where Draguignan is now standing.
And if you're curious, look at the city's emblem: it's a dragon.
Where to sleep in Draguignan?
Discover below our selection of guest rooms, cottages, holiday rentals and hotels in Draguignan :
|Name||Type of accommodation||Booking|
|Villa Manoe||Guest house||I book at the best price|
|Le Clos de St Esprit||Bed and breakfast with swimming pool||I book at the best price|
|La Bastide des Selves||Bed and breakfast with swimming pool||I book at the best price|
|Hôtel Les Oliviers||Hotel with swimming pool||I book at the best price|
|Villa Côté Sud||Guest house||I book at the best price|
|Le Jardin des Selves||Bed and breakfast with swimming pool||I book at the best price|
What to do in Draguignan?
It is possible to visit many interesting places in Draguignan. So here is a small selection.
The Museum of Arts and Traditions of Provence is an essential place to immerse yourself in the culture, history and traditions of Provence. This museum contains a collection of unique objects. The latter is one of the most beautiful in France, recounting daily life in Provence during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Whether it is agriculture, religion or industry, you will discover the customs and habits of the inhabitants, witnesses of the roots of beautiful Provence. The advantage of this museum is that it can be visited by everyone, thanks to guided tours and audio guides. Plan the morning to discover the 800 square metres of the museum as well as to admire its gardens where a multi-centenary olive tree is located.
The Artillery Museum is the second most important museum in the city of Draguignan. It traces the evolution of artillery techniques. A true ode to the traditions of the French army and its history.
The Municipal Museum of Fine Arts is housed in the residence of the Bishop of Frejus. This museum offers several heterogeneous collections. First of all, you can admire exceptional paintings including creations by Rubens, Renoir or Vouet. Then your eyes will rest with delight on the collection of earthenware and animal bronzes. Among other things, a magnificent equestrian statue of Louis XIV and the sumptuous armour of François de Montmorency complete this visit under the sign of art. Finally, a room dedicated to archaeology and local history will pleasantly brighten up your knowledge.
Some sights to see
Besides the museums, Draguignan has some monuments and places to see. So start by immersing yourself in the legend of the Estérelle fairy. A benefactor fairy whose presence embodied in a monumental two-metre stone dolmen would make infertile women capable of giving life.
Still in the historical domain, the clock tower holds a special place. Located in the heart of a rocky spur that dominates the city, it has always played a symbolic role linked to the power of power. In addition, this tower overlooks magnificent gardens from which a Romanesque chapel rests.
Finally, you can visit the American cemetery and its memorial specially built in memory of the landing on August 15. His 800 or so white graves extend as far as the eye can see and are accompanied by a bronze map showing the military operations associated with this event.
Leisure activities for your holidays
Holidays are also about relaxation and why not having fun.
Let's start with Enigmaniac surfing on the wave of the escape Game. If you are unaware of the principle of this life-size game, it is a matter of taking up the challenge of escaping from a room with the help of puzzles. Draguignan's escape Game offers two advantages: difficulty levels according to the level of the players, two themed rooms whose scenarios evolve according to the difficulty. This makes it possible to repeat the same room several times. Ideal for teenagers, this entertainment is also aimed at adults, whether for fun with friends or family.
What to do around Draguignan?
The base of Les Arcs is located a few kilometers from Draguignan. This leisure centre will allow you to practice water sports. Take a seat in a canoe kayak on a 14-kilometre descent to discover the Argens and the Maures mountains. If you are not thrilled by the water sports aspect, you can simply have a picnic and take a family or romantic stroll.
From Draguignan, it will take you a big half-hour drive to reach the beaches of the Côte d'Azur between Fréjus, Saint Raphaël, Sainte Maxime and Saint Tropez. The shores of the Mediterranean Sea are pleasant in all seasons.