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Summary

Discover the delightful village of Mons, one of the 9 hilltop villages of the Pays de Fayence. The Mont-Lachens, in Mons, at an altitude of 814m is the highest point in the entire area! Around the Château-Vieux quarter, stroll through the village and its ancient narrow lanes dating from the 10th and 13th centuries, bordered by ancient, chiselled stone houses.

Location

  • 50 min from Grasse
  • 1 hour from Nice airport
  • 50 min from Fréjus

History

As with most hilltop villages, Mons was established on the summit to protect the population from invasion in ancient times. Surrounded by ponds, marshes and areas easily flooded by the rive Haine to the north and the river Trouille to the south which surround it made Mons a particularly protected and strategic site.
In 1481, the Lord of the village summoned families from neighbouring Liguria, around Ventimiglia, but also from Genoa, now part of Italy, to repopulate Mons devastated by plague epidemics. The brought with them their knowledge of agriculture and vinification.
Formerly the river Trouille ran at the foot of the hill, inside the medieval walls. It played a big economic role there. It was deviated for the first time in the early 1870s and a second time in 1962 when its banks were cemented.

Surroundings

Mons is the village closest to the stars, in the Var region thanks to the highest point of Mount Lachens at 814 m above sea level. Classified as a "Village of character", Mons tells the story of bygone crafts described by the 35 wrought iron signs posts, placed along the streets and crossings.
Fountains adorn the village squares. An orientation table awaits you at Place Saint-Sébastien, offering you a magnificent and astounding view, where the sea is almost always visible in the distance, with the Lérins Islands in the bay of Cannes. At night you can see the periodic shine of the Cap Camarat lighthouse, near St-Tropez. Some days, after the passage of the "Mistral" wind, the gaze even reaches as far as the mountains on the distant Island of Corsica.

Lifestyle

The village of Mons is full of curiosities which attract ever-increasing numbers of visitors every year. Here are some of those curiosities which give the village of Mons its character.
The "Marine and \Monstagne" exhibition workshop (original scale models of ships constructed using matchsticks).
The municipal Museum "La Maison Monsoise".
The Notre-Dame chapel which dates from the 17th century and offers a splendid view of the village.
The Church of Mons, a parish church built in the 13th century and which presents a very rare set of splendid Baroque altarpieces from the 17th century, as well as two processional crosses.

Irresistible

The view from Mont LachensWith its 1714 m altitude, Mont Lachens is the roof of the Var.
At the summit of Mont Lachens are the telecommunications antennas., The mountain dominates the entire region and is the passion of paragliding enthusiasts. The summit of Mont Lachens.is reached by crossing the national forest of Esclapon and the ruins of the "Vieil Esclapon" village demolished in the 14th century during the religious wars.

Activities / tourism

  • San Sebastian Square
  • The parish church.
  • The Notre-Dame chapel
  • The chapel of Saint-Sébastien or chapel of the White Penitents
  • The Monsoise House
  • Glassblower - Art glassware.

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