Aeral view of Mons
|Intercommunality||Pays de Fayence|
|• Mayor (2008–)||Melle Eliane Feraud|
|Area1||76.63 km2 (29.59 sq mi)|
|• Density||11/km2 (29/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||83080 / 83440|
|Elevation||235–1,712 m (771–5,617 ft)
(avg. 811 m or 2,661 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.
Situated at an altitude of 814 metres the commune of Mons encompasses a vast territory of 80 km2 (31 sq mi) in the Var, Provence, ranging from 214 metres (at the confluent of the Siagne and the Siagnole rivers) to 1715 metres at the summit of Mont-Lachens. This explains the variety of different scenery found on the territory of the commune, as well as the diversity of its vegetation, but also accounts for the fact that it is sparsely cultivated. There are exceptional views from the village (from the Place Saint Sebastien), ranging from Menton to the East all the way to Toulon in the West.
The strong, distinctive character of the village of Mons, its calm and beauty have made it the jewel of Varois hinterland, situated as it is, at the confines of the Gavot uplands. The Monsois have had to grapple with adversity over the centuries: their tenacity and courage has forged them into a hardy, solid community, and they bear the nickname of "Chinois de Provence" (the Chinese of Provence).
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