Leaving Fayence, take a narrow winding road (D563) and you will discover Mons. At an altitude of 800 m, it's one of the highest villages in the Var.
At the end of a forest of oaks and pines, built high on an altitude plateau, Mons suddenly offers itself to admiring glances.
This beautiful little Provencal village still stands proudly on a rocky spur, where the remains of the feudal castle and its defensive wall can still be seen (at the least the base of one tower).
Historiquement, Mons s'est edifie sur un site occupe depuis la prehistoire qui a vu les Romains y construire un aqueduc (encore visible à Rochetaillee), puis ayant appartenu à la principaute de Callian au 11e;me sie;cle, avant de devenir fief des Villeneuve jusqu'à la Revolution.
Far from crowds, noise and pollution, it is a peaceful haven of pure air, where it is wonderful to wander along picturesque alleys and admire the solid ancient stone-built houses, some of which still incorporate medieval remains.
The entire village is smart, well-kept and restored to a great extent, as shown by the number of inhabitants which has been increasing ever since the sixties.
In summer, the terraces in Place Saint Sebastien cooled by beautiful fountains, become animated.
This vast square captivates the visitor with its panoramic view. An orientation table enables you to explore the landscape, from Cannes and Mount Faron, to the islands of Lerins and the Esterel, as far as Saint Tropez and even Corsica on a particularly fine day.
The highest summit in the Var is located in this municipality, Mont Lachens reaching 1715 m at its peak. So if you like hiking in Provence, take note!
What to see
Notre-Dame church, 13th-17th century (altarpieces listed in the inventory of historical monuments and two processional crosses, also listed).
Chapel of Saint-Sebastien des Pénitents Blancs (17th century), part of which houses the mayor's office: Penitents triptych and furniture.
The saracen gate.
The Marine et montagne museum (scale models of ships made by an artist from Mons, Robert Audibert).
In the surrounding area: The gorges of the Siagne and the Siagnole Rochetaillée, dolmens, hill fort, Beauregard castle.
holiday rentals and gites. Restaurants.