Cabasse sur Issole
Located in the center of the department in the heart of the Var, Cabasse is a typical Provencal village.
The old village with its old houses is bordered by the Issole river whose landscaped banks offer a pleasant stroll and invite to a picnic from the first sunny days.
This village built in the green valley of the Issole has always occupied a privileged place in the Var. The quality of the site has retained man since prehistoric times, as evidenced by the numerous megaliths discovered in the surroundings..
During the Gallo-Roman period the city, then called Matavo, was crossed by the Aurelian route connecting Italy to Spain.
In the Middle Ages, it became Castrum de Cabassa, a dependency of the county of Fréjus, of which there remain the narrow alleys, the ramparts, the gates and the north postern..
This heritage of old stones marked with the history of men and the many flowered houses make Cabasse a village full of charm with its narrow streets, its small squares decorated with fountains and the vaulted passages under the medieval houses..
The village church, St Pons church, was built between the 12th and 16th centuries. The visit is free, just ask for the key at the bar of the place.
Behind the church is the early Christian mausoleum of the Cornelia family, which has been placed in the apse of the church, and is accessed by the archaeological public garden (nice view of market gardens and the Issole)..
Notice the superb access door and opposite the fountain surmounted by a crayfish.
In the north of the territory of Cabasse, from the site of Notre Dame du Glaive you will have splendid views of the gorges of Issole and the surrounding mountains (Maures, Bessillons, Mont Aurélien, Ste Victoire) and the wasteland of the mines bauxite. This flat site covered with holm oaks shelters a XVIIth century chapel.
On one side, we overlook the Trou aux Fees, a monumental cliff with cave dwellings which served as a refuge for the inhabitants during the Saracen invasions, on the other, we overlook the village.
It is reached by a dirt track that starts from the D79 (on the right towards Le Thoronet).
What to see
Prehistoric remains with the menhir of the Pierre Plantee and the Dolmen de la Gastee.
St Pons Church (XIVth century), St Loup chapel (XVIth century).
Notre Dame du Glaive site (17th century monument).
Tennis-courts. French Boules.
Bed and breakfast.
holiday rentals, gite.