Les Olives, Haute Gaudran, Salernes, Provence

Situated in the very heart of sunny Provence the central Var region is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt in all of France. ‘Les Olives’ is situated 1km from Salernes, which is a very typical French village with a twice-weekly morning market and several good traditional restaurants, boulangerie, patisserie, poisonnerie, bank, and shopping. Nearby Draguignan (20 mins by car), one of the larger Provencal towns, has all the amenities one could hope for including good medical and dental facilities. There are numerous neighboring villages to explore, each with it’s own unique charm. See Guide to the Var page for more information.

The nearest Mediterranean beaches are St. Tropez or Frejus, both approximately 25 miles. A few kilometers lower down on the coast, you can visit Port Grimaud, a seaside vacation spot imagined by the architect François Spoerry. Thousands of visitors come to see this internationally renowned resort each year. Not to be missed is the spectacular Lac de Sainte Croix, a popular spot for boating and watersports with sandy beaches and pedaloes for hire. Flanking the Lac is a truly undiscovered gem, the Gorge du Verdon, the largest, deepest and most dramatic in Europe - France’s answer to the Grand Canyon. Electric boats can be hired for self-guided water tours of the canyon. Both the Lac and the gorge are approximately 20-30 minutes drive - many of our guests pack picnics and sunblock and set off for the day!

For those with a taste for adventure, there is windsurfing at Ste Maxime, vertiginous rock climbing, fishing and kayaking at Lac de Carces, a 20 minutes drive.

There is an excellent golf course at St. Enderol approximately 25 minutes drive near Le Muy. Another good one is Barbaroux near Brignoles, approximately 40 minutes drive, and several more around Cannes and Mougins. All have reasonable green fees, no membership necessary. Phone numbers available for booking tee times, by request.

There is good skiing approximately 2-3 hours drive. Please enquire.

Nice: 125km (1.25 hours by car on A8).
Marseille: 90km (1.25 hours by car).
Toulon-Heyres: 80km (1.25 hours by car).

Channel crossings from UK to Dieppe, Calais or Boulogne.

Ferries from Cannes, Toulon and Marseille to pretty island of Porquerolles, Corsica and other Meditteranean destinations.

The Eurostar runs from Paris to Avignon during the summer months.

The TGV runs from numerous French towns; the closest station to Salernes is at Les Arcs.


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Place de la République, tél. 0494706037, 24 couverts, Brasserie. Choix de 80 bières. Belle terrasse ombragée.

Rue Pierre Blanc, tél. 0494707222, 30 couverts, Cuisine traditionnelle. Pizzas au feu de bois. Terrasse ombragée contre l'église.

Quartier Saint Romain (Route de DRAGUIGNAN), tél. 0494675411, 65 couverts, Cuisine traditionnelle. Pizzéria. Plats à emporter. Terrasse couverte de 60 couverts.

Place de l'église, tél. 0494707314, 22 couverts, Cuisine traditionnelle. Terrasse face à l'église.

20, rue Victor HUGO, tél. 0494707280, 25 couverts, Cuisine traditionnelle Provençale. Cuisine de marché.

Quartier Gaudran, tél. 0494707639, 100 couverts, Spécialités Marocaines. Couscous. Sous tente berbère en pleine nature. Ouvert le soir uniquement en saison.

Route de DRAGUIGNAN, tél. 0494707272, 60 couverts, Cuisine traditionnelle. Parking privé. Terrasse couverte. Groupes et banquets.



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