HOLIDAY HOMES TO RENT IN DRAGUIGNAN, PROVENCE / COTE D'AZUR.
Welcome to our selection of holiday homes to rent in Draguignan, France.
The historic town of Draguigan, in the southern departement of Var, started life as a Roman settlement, though no sign of the original buildings can be seen today. Most of the old town dates from the Middle Ages, or later, providing visitors with an attractive collection of winding streets, picturesque squares and interesting structures. Named after a local dragon-slaying legend, the town is now more famous for the military institutions that are based there, or as the one-time residence of the former prime minister Georges Clemenceau. Olive oil is still a major industry, and has been since Roman times, and the hills surrounding Draguignan are covered with olive trees. Anyone venturing on one of the hiking trails leaving the town and heading into the Var countryside will soon find themselves surrounded by signs of olive oil – and wine – production.
Most of the charm in Draguignan is to be found by wandering the medieval streets yourself, appreciating the charm of the narrow streets and historic architecture. In particular, the town's clock tower at the top of the climb and the remains of what was once a thriving Jewish quarter will be of interest to history fans. Going further back in time than even Draguignan's Roman beginnings, there is an unusual dolmen, or collection of prehistoric standing stones, called the fairy's stone, while the town's military importance is emphasised in a large museum dedicated to artillery dating from the Napoleonic wars to more recent conflicts. Draguignan was occupied during the Second World War and was the scene of a major liberation operation in 1944. Consequently, the town is now home to a large American war cemetery and monument.
Once you have explored the centre of Draguignan, the next obvious destination is to explore the surrounding countryside, which is not only ideal for gentle hikes, but is also dotted with other pretty, medieval villages. Further afield, the coastal resort of Saint Raphael is definitely within day trip distance, if you feel like relaxing by the Mediterranean, while the nearby village of Les Arcs is one of the most picturesque in this part of France. Climbing through its narrow streets, visitors emerge in a large square at the high point of the village, offering a spectacular view over the Var countryside, all the way to the coast on a clear day. Also worth a detour is the 12th century chapel which holds the remains of St Roseline, and now features an interesting collection of modern religious artworks.
Looking for self catering holiday accommodation in Draguignan? Then below is a selection of gites in Draguignan and villas in Draguignan that can be rented direct from their owners. You can either click on each listing for further details or you can use our search engine on the left if you are looking for something in particular.