The village of Figanières seems residential when you come in from the north; the road winds through the forest with many fine villas set back among the trees. Coming in from the south, the road passes by vineyards and has a view of the surrounding hills, with many houses spread out around the village.
The road through Figanières loops off the "main" road, so the only traffic in the village is intentional.
Lost Railways of Provence |
Figanières Flood |
Floods 2010 Map |
Callas 4 km |
Châteaudouble 6 km |
Claviers 10 km |
Draguignan 12 km |
Flayosc 17 km |
Frejus 37 km |
Grasse 53 km |
Montferrat 9 km |
Sainte Maxime 40 km |
Trinité Chapel 8 km |
Hotels near Figanières: |
12 km Draguignan |
17 km Flayosc |
37 km Frejus |
40 km Sainte Maxime |
53 km Grasse |
Figanières sits on a ridge overlooking the southeast, and the old part of the village is very compact, with the typical tall buildings nestled up together in a very picturesque style.
The most prominent building, sitting up at the top at the Place Saint-Michel, is the church which was rebuilt in 1848.
Small roads wind up and down over the hill, between the buildings, and open onto many pleasant little squares with benches and often with fountains.
The Jardin des Senteurs, in the old village, is a walled garden with aromatic plants and an Atelier de Santonnier (for the "Santon" figurines). Unfortunately, there's no indication of when the garden is open.
The fields to the southeast of the village produce "Provence" wine, and the local Cooperative Vinicole is at the edge of the village.
The region also produces olives and olive oil.
On the small road going across the fields to the northeast, to Callas, pass through endless olive orchards.
Flood June 2010
See Figanières Flood
First record, 11th century Figa nera or Nigra; in 1200: Figanerie
Prehistoric vestiges are located in this area, including the dolmen "Cabre d'Or" (the Bois de la Cabre d'Or is on the Matey mountain, 2 km due north of Figanières)
There are traces of Gallo-Roman occupation at St. Pons (4 km southeast), Salettes (6 km west) and at Buyedoux.
The village belonged to the Viscount of Marseille, and then in the 17th century it belonged to the Viscount of Ventimille. The Château de la Garde, about 3 km northwest (near Châteaudouble) was given to Périer by the Reine Jeanne, and then destroyed in the 16th century by the Duke of Epernon.
Fête: last Sunday in July;
pilgrimage to St. Pons: 11 May
Garden of Scents - Jardin des Senteurs
A walled garden with aromatic plants; includes an "Atelier de Santonnier" (Santon
At the village
Open: not indicated
Department 83, Var Buses
See Beyond's Bus Schedules Page 16: Var Department for downloading Var bus-lines map [Plan du Reseau] and bus-line schedules [Horaires] (link for PDF files).
Draguignan - Fayence Bus
Bus line 3201 connects Draguignan, Figanières (Quatre Chemins), Callas (Quatre Chemins), Seillans, and Fayence.
IGN (1/25,000) #3543 OT "Draguignan"
The area directly around Figanières is a serious wine growing and olive growing region, and the fields and orchards are not conducive to hiking. The fields towards Le Plan and Callas in the northeast are especially built-up.
Southeast from Figanières a marked trail joins the Grande Randonnée GR51 in the Forêt du Rouet where there are many good hiking trails.
West from Figanières, the marked trail joins a series of hiking trails on the hills north and south of the Vallon de la Cassade, just south of Châteaudouble. The hills there wooded, with good hiking and excellent views.
Lodging - Hotels
Hotels in Towns Nearby to Figanières
• 12 km — Draguignan hotels
• 17 km — Flayosc hotels
• 37 km — Frejus hotels
• 40 km — Sainte Maxime hotels
• 53 km — Grasse hotels