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Clock tower of Draguignan.
Clock tower of Draguignan.
Coat of arms of Draguignan
Coat of arms
Location of Draguignan
Draguignan is located in France
Draguignan is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Coordinates: 43°32′25″N 6°28′00″E / 43.5403°N 6.4667°E / 43.5403; 6.4667Coordinates: 43°32′25″N 6°28′00″E / 43.5403°N 6.4667°E / 43.5403; 6.4667
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Richard Strambio
53.7 km2 (20.7 sq mi)
 • Density760/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
83050 /83300
Elevation153–603 m (502–1,978 ft)
(avg. 181 m or 594 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Draguignan (French pronunciation: ​[dʁa.ɡi.ɲɑ̃]; Occitan: Draguinhan) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, in southeastern France.

It is a sub-prefecture of the department and self-proclaimed "capital of Artillery" and "Porte du Verdon".

The city is 42 km (26 mi) from St. Tropez, and 80 km (50 mi) from Nice.

City's name[edit]

saint georges terrassant le dragon

According to legend, the name of the city is derived from the Latin name "Draco/Draconem" (dragon): a bishop, called Saint Hermentaire, killed a dragon and saved people.


The Latin motto of Draguignan is Alios nutrio, meos devoro (I nourish others, I devour my own).


The elevation is 200 m. The highest hill near Draguignan is Malmont (551 m). The main river near Draguignan is the Nartuby.

The city is set in a valley NW-SE, about 2 km (1 mi) wide.


Draguignan's climate is the same as the normal conditions of the Mediterranean climate. The nights of frost are rare and the negative temperatures occur only a few days a year. Thus the winters are mild and wet, and the summers warm and dry, the town is protected from the winds by the Malmont and the western massif of the Selves. During the summer the precipitation is extremely low whereas autumn is subjected to frequent rains.

Sunlight (h/year) Rain (d/year) Snow (d/year) Thunderstorm (d/year) Fog (d/year)
Average (France) 1 973 770 14 22 40
Draguignan 2714 734 1 29 1
source= Météo France


The hills downstream of Draguignan date from the Middle Triassic, while those that rise upstream belong to the Upper Triassic.

Up North, we can see a long bar of stony plateau, with summits made of Jurassic limestones, sometimes intersected by deep canyons. This northern region of the "baous" or also called massive mountainous barriers, deeply wrinkled and fractured, reveals successive basins in the east-west direction.

Communication routes[edit]


There is no highway going through the city of Draguignan but the town is directly connected by the D 1555 to a major highway, the A8.

A bypass route makes it possible to avoid the city center from the south when arriving from Trans-en-Provence and to get to the hospital in the north of the city more quickly.

The city is located 869 km away from Paris, 141 km from Marseille, 89 km from Nice, 86 km from Toulon, 30 km from Fréjus, 105 km from Digne-les-Bains and about 35 km from the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.

Rail transports[edit]

The closest railway station is les Arcs-Draguignan, which is served by the TGV and is located twelve kilometers from the city center. Bus shuttles have been set by the agglomeration community of Draguignan railway station. Now it has been converted into a classic bus station. Draguignan train station features two turnstiles: one for SNCF and another for the transport of the agglomeration.

Les Arcs-Draguignan Station

Public transport services[edit]

Urban transports are managed by the TED community, which offers three urban lines as well as lines to other municipalities such as Les Arcs-Draguignan, Ampus, Flayosc, Le Muy and Lorgues. The buses of the General Council of the Var serve from Draguignan the cities of Toulon, Brignoles, Aups, Fayence, Fréjus and Le Luc.

A project by BHNS is being studied, to connect Draguignan city center to Les Arcs-Draguignan station in 17 minutes instead of 25 minutes currently.


There are three zones of seismicities in the Var:

Area 0: Negligible risk. This is the case for many municipalities on the Var coast, as well as part of the communes of the Var center. Nevertheless, these communes are not immune from a tsunami effect, linked to an earthquake at sea.

Area Ia: Very low risk. It mainly concerns the municipalities included in a strip from the Montagne Sainte-Victoire to the Massif de l'Esterel.

Area Ib: Low risk. This highest risk of the department, concerns 21 communes in the north of the department.

The commune of Draguignan, is in the seismic zone of very low risk "Ia3".

source= [1]


  • The name of Draguignan ("Dragonianum") appeared for the first time in 909.
  • During the Middle-Ages, Draguignan was a small village whose people lived from olive and grape cultivation.
  • Draguignan became the "prefecture" of the Var in 1790, at the beginning of the French Revolution. This was despite the town by far not being the biggest city in the department. It remained the seat of the prefecture until 1974.
  • In the 19th century and during a large part of the 20th century, the people of Draguignan (in French: "Dracénois", in English: "Draceners") voted for liberal parties (Radical-Socialist Party, Socialist Party).
  • The town was occupied by the Wehrmacht in 1942-44 and freed in August 1944, after Operation Dragoon.
  • The city welcomed the "Ecole nationale d'artillerie" (Artillery School) in 1976, then the "Ecole nationale d'infanterie" (Infantry School) in 2010. The arrival of the military involved the development of the city : the small town became a city in the second part of the 20th century : 13 400 citizens in 1954, 33 000 in 2000, 38 000 in 2010.
  • On June 15, 2010, the city was flooded. Torrential rain caused the deaths of 12 people in the town and 25 in the neighborhoods.

Major attractions[edit]

The Dolmen in Draguignan

Personalities connected to Draguignan[edit]

Twin towns[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.

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