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Cotignac – the Provençal way of living
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Niché aux pieds d’un impressionnant rocher de tuf dont les grottes ont servi maintes fois de refuge aux habitants, Cotignac est un village provençal authentique très animé : artisanat d’art, marché, produits du terroir, et l’été un très beau et très bon festival de théâtre et de cinéma…

After visiting the caves, which offer excellent views over the roofs of the village, wander along the pretty Cours Gambetta, in the shade of century-old plane trees, refreshed by two beautiful fountains. This square is a nice place to spend some time, sitting at one of the café or restaurant terraces, or wandering through the picturesque old streets, lined with tall ochre-coloured hourses. Certified as a ‘Village de Caractère du Var’, Cotignac is absolutely delightful!

Le cours Gambetta à Cotignac©Office de Tourisme Cotignac
Notre Dame de Grâce à Cotignac©Var Tourisme / David Latour

Cotignac is known for sightings of the Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus in the 16th century. The Notre Dame de Grâces refuge was built to commemorate these sightings, and is also a place charged with history. In 1660, Louis XIV came here with his mother, Anne of Austria, to give thanks for his birth. The king placed a votive offering of black marble, which can still be viewed inside the chapel of the refuge. A popular pilgrimage destination, the Notre Dame de Grâces refuge is now a member of the network of est Sanctuary Towns in France

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