Mons, Var

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Aeral view of Mons
Aeral view of Mons
Coat of arms of Mons
Coat of arms
Mons is located in France
Location within Provence-A.-C.d'A. region
Mons is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Coordinates: 43°41′32″N 6°42′54″E / 43.6922°N 6.715°E / 43.6922; 6.715Coordinates: 43°41′32″N 6°42′54″E / 43.6922°N 6.715°E / 43.6922; 6.715
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Var
Arrondissement Draguignan
Canton Roquebrune-sur-Argens
Intercommunality Pays de Fayence
 • Mayor (2008–) Melle Eliane Feraud
Area1 76.63 km2 (29.59 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 859
 • Density 11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
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.

Mons is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.


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.


With today's network of roads, Mons is a mere 30 km (19 mi) from Grasse, 48 km (30 mi) from Draguignan, 50 km (31 mi) from Saint-Raphaël, 48 km (30 mi) from Cannes and 68 km (42 mi) from Nice.

Personalities related to the municipality[edit]

Famous members of the Villeneuve family, including:

Other personalities related to the municipality :

  • Pierre Hemmer, one of the Internet pioneers in Switzerland, deceased in Mons.


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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