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Cabasse sur Issole

 
Departement of Var - Population: 1.297 h

7 km North of the N7 between Brignoles and Le Luc en Provence.

Cabasse sur Issole - The Village

The village of Cabasse nestling in the verdant valley of the River Issole has always been one of the jewels of the Var. The numerous prehistoric remains which have been discovered in the surounding area bear witness to the fact that since time immemorial man has been attracted to the site.


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During the Gaul Roman period the Roman road which linked Italy with Spain passed through the village, which at the time was called Matavo.

In the Middle Ages it became Castrum de Cabassa, a dependance of the "Comté de Fréjus", The narrow streets, ramparts, gateways and the northern postern date from this period.

Man's heritage is engraved in the ancient stone of the village which coupled with the attractive houses garlanded with flower arrangements make the village worth a detour.

What to see:

St Pons' Church which dates from the XIIth and XVIth centuries. There are two beautiful gold plated wood retables (one a magnificent rennaissance statue from 543 of the Virgin Mary and child) and a small extremely interesting lapidary museum which includes a IVth century paleo christian cippe, a funeral urn, a XIIth century column and a Vth century sarcophagus.
On entering the church one is surprised by it's volume. Entry is free but you need to ask for the key from the bar in the square. Behind the church is the Cornélia family's paleo christian era mausoleum which was in the chevet of the church.You get to it through the public archeological garden which has pretty views over the surrounding marshland and the River Issole. Don't miss the magnificent entrance door and opposite, the the fountain adorned with a shrimp. If you have time, take a stroll around the ancient village streets which seem to have remained unchanged since the Middle Age


Notre Dame du Glaive : Ce site plat couvert de chênes verts abrite une chapelle du XVIIème siècle et offre des points de vue splendides sur les gorges de l'Issole, les massifs environnants (Maures, Bessillons, Mont Aurélien, Ste Victoire) and les friches des mines de bauxite. D'un côté, on surplombe le Trou aux Fées, falaise monumentale aux habitations troglodytiques qui servit de refuge aux habitants durant les invasions sarrasines, de l'autre, on domine le village. Il y règne une sérénité impressionnante. On y accède par une piste en terre carrossable qui démarre de la D79 (à droite en direction du Thoronet).

Prehistoric remains at the "Pierre Plantée" Menhir and the Gastée Dolmen , St Pons church (XIVth century ), St Loup chapelle (XVIth century), Notre Dame du Glaive (XVIIth century), fishing, tennis.



Leisure activities:

Par curiosité, il faut aller voir le menhir de la pierre plantée qui s'élève au milieu d'un champ de vignes. Il se trouve à environ 3 km de la sortie du village sur la D79 en direction de Brignoles.

Pour revenir sur le village, vous pouvez poursuivre la D79 et sur la gauche une petite route vous permet de déboucher sur la D13, prenez alors à gauche pour retrouver Cabasse. Avant d'arriver au village, vous apercevrez les berges de l'Issole qui ont été aménagées. Site délicieux pour un pique-nique.

Les marcheurs demanderont aux habitants du village (ou à la Mairie) comment se rendre au Dolmen de la Gastée. La balade est superbe.

Cyclo-tourism.



Accommodation:

Gites & holiday rentals.
Bed and breakfast
Camping



Neighbouring villages:

Flassans s/Issole (7 km), Carcès (7 km), Le Thoronet (8 km) and Besse sur Issole (10km).


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