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)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
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 area in southeastern France.


La Garde-Freinet is a medieval French mountain village, located in the Massif des Maures, 15 km northwest of Saint-Tropez. Accessible by picturesque winding roads, through forests of cork, oaks, and chestnuts.


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


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.


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