Bargemon really is a lovely part of the world, with its shady narrow streets and 12th-century town walls. The village's spectacular position nestling in the hills among olive groves and woodland means that there are spectacular views to enjoy. There are supermarkets half an hour away in the French military garrison town of Draguignan, but the village has a well-stocked general store, a grocer, two bakeries and a butcher.

There are two bars in Place Philippe-Chauvier, the village square named after a Provençal poet, where three of the village's seven restaurants are also located. The most conspicuous is Chez Pierrot, where the white linen tablecloths and white shirted waiters give an air of The Best Restaurant in Town. It serves good Provençal food - think of the constituent elements of ratatouille combined with various fish and meats - and specializes in huge bowls of garlic fromage frais served before dessert. Most holidaymakers seem to go to Chez Pierrot for their first big meal of the holiday, and most opt for the specialty.

The village is situated on the edge of the National Park of Verdon and not far from the sea and the coastal resorts of Saint Tropez, Cannes and Nice. There is a lovely shaded square in the village centre where you can have a café au lait or an apéritif.  There is a big schedule of events in high season including village festivals, markets, wine tastings, visits to local villages etc. 
About an hour north is the spectacular Grand Canyon du Verdon, which has walking, pedaloes and other messing-about-in-boats activities. You can also don a wetsuit and life jacket and float/part bump your way down the river through the gorge itself.

And rumor has it that Bargemon is host to Posh and Beck's new holiday home!

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