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The castle of Aiguines (Var department)

The castle of Aiguines in the Var department, France

Located at the entrance of the Verdon Gorges, the village of Aiguines overlooks the Sainte Croix lake, thus offering a splendid view on the turquoise waters of the lake.

This ancient Celto-Ligurian hillfort is well known for its age-old tradition of wood-turning, that dates from the Middle Ages, and boxwood, renowned for its density and hardness.

The nearby forest of Margès supplied precious timber for centuries to the “cutters” of Aiguines.

The castle of Aiguines in the Var department, France

The castle of Aiguines in the Var department, France

View of the Sainte Croix lake from Aiguines.

At an altitude of 820 m, the castle of Aiguines can be seen from very far and represents one of the marvels of the Haut Var (north of the Var department).

The castle of Aiguines in the Var department, France

The castle is a private residence and visits are not allowed.

The castle of Aiguines in the Var department, France

About the forest of Aiguines:

The magnificent stands of beech trees are quite remarkable. The forest shelters the rare Neottia, or bird’s-nest orchid, and a unique fern, Jahandiez’ doradilla, a survivor from the Cenozoic Era. To avoid damaging precious plant life, please stay on the trail when you are trekking.

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