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Taradeau

 
Departement of Var - Population: 1.637 h
To the north of the N7, between Le Luc (12 km) and Fréjus (30 km), on the D10 or D48.
Taradeau village square
Taradeau is a wine making village nestling in the heart of the Florieye valley, a trout fishing river which flows between the Gaye Pan gorges before joining the River Argens downstream.

Taradeau was a prosperous Gallo-Roman town on the main Roman road. However the village was ravaged by invasions on two occasions, in the IXth and XIVth century.

Taradel tower andet roman chapel of Taradeau

These troubled times have left the vestiges of the Fort oppidum, the St Martin Roman chapel and the Taradel Tower which are all located on the hill overlooking the village.

From the village view points we can look over the well respected local vineyards some of which are Côtes de Provence.


Taradeau, a quick visit

Oppidum du Fort (a ancient Roman fortified village, view point) the Taradel tower and St Martin chapel (XIIth century), son et lumière spectacles at the château de St Martin, fishing.

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Overlooking the village, the Taradel tower (look out tower) and the St Martin chapel which date from the XIIth century, are the remains of the Taradel village which was built on a rock outcrop. It was destroyed by invasion in the Middle Ages. From the highest point there are pretty views over the village and the surrounding hills.

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The "son et lumière" spectacles at the Château St Martin: In the magnificent XIIth century cellar, the château St Martin offers a wonderful animated voyage around the wines of Provence using the history of the domain and it's own wine vintagesn.

If you would like to discover other Côtes de Provence vintages, take a look at the la Maison des Vins des Côtes de Provence which is at Les Arcs on the RN7 at Pont d'Argens, not very far from the Château St Martin. In the cellar you'll find the wines of the appellation set out by areas of production. It makes an interesting visit and of course there is wine tasting... in moderation, of course! .

Take a walk :

Visit the Fort oppidum and you'll mix a good walk with archaeological discovery. This ancient fortified village was built by the Romans as accommodation for the Ligurian workers from the Roman farms on the the Arcs and Taradeau plains. The ramparts and houses can still be seen, and the commune has installed an information point. Further information from the tourist office, or local residents.



What to see:

Chapelle médiévale Notre Dame de Peygros (au dessus du village),
terrasse avec vue panoramique.


Leisure activities:

Pêche, tennis, pétanque.


Accommodation:

Bed and breakfast.
Gites. Holiday rentals.
Campsite.


Neighbouring villages:

Vidauban (4 km), Les Arcs (7 km) and Lorgues (9 km).






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