La Garde-Freinet

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La Garde-Freinet
La Garde-Freinet, seen from the fort
La Garde-Freinet, seen from the fort
Coat of arms of La Garde-Freinet
Coat of arms
La Garde-Freinet is located in France
La Garde-Freinet
La Garde-Freinet
Coordinates: 43°19′03″N 6°28′12″E / 43.3175°N 6.47°E / 43.3175; 6.47Coordinates: 43°19′03″N 6°28′12″E / 43.3175°N 6.47°E / 43.3175; 6.47
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Var
Arrondissement Draguignan
Canton Grimaud
 • Mayor (2009–2020) Jean-Jacques Courchet
Area1 76.64 km2 (29.59 sq mi)
Population (2011)2 1,761
 • Density 23/km2 (60/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 83063 / 83680
Elevation 60–674 m (197–2,211 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

La Garde-Freinet is a commune in the Var department in the Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.

It is a medieval French mountain village, located in the Massif des Maures, 15 km north of Saint-Tropez. Accessible by picturesque winding roads, through forests of cork, oaks, and chestnuts. Established in the 11th century, the village has preserved its character with its field stone houses, old fashioned street names, and a village square framed with restaurants and local art galleries. From atop old Fort Freinet one can see the plains of Saint-Clément and the Argens valley, all the way to the Alps.

The village was the site of Fraxinet, a Moorish settlement of the ninth to tenth centuries.


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