Heritage

The village of Peynier, sheltered in the high valley of L'Arc between Sainte-Victoire and the Monts Auréliens, is part of the Pays d'Aix and the Aix-Marseille Provence Metropolis. Its population has grown a lot in the last decade. It now has 3,500 inhabitants, who enjoy the peace and quiet of a preserved natural setting. A fifth of its land area is covered by oak and pine forests. Its tracks are the ideal terrain for joggers and hikers. The town is also alive with the activities of a vibrant cultural and sports scene on which bridge and chess share the stage with judo, football, tennis and cycling. The heritage of Peynier boasts a 16th-century castle, the 12th-century Saint Julian's Church and the stunning Saint Peter's Chapel, which dates from the 11th century and is a classified historical monument. Finally, Peynier's olive groves and vineyards give rise to products such as its delightful and widely acclaimed Provence rosé.

Brignoles

The rich architectural heritage of Brignoles, the capital of the Provence Verte, goes all the way back to the 12th century, when it was first in Aragonese hands and then came under Angevin domination. The royal visits of Francis I, Charles IX and Louis XIV illustrate the popularity of Brignoles, which grew into an important settlement that hosted the Parliament of Provence and the Estates of Provence before becoming a prefecture, then a sub-prefecture and, finally, the administrative centre of the Provence Verte urban area. A privileged residence of the Counts of Provence, Brignoles has preserved the vestiges of its medieval past while tapping its central location in Var and at the crossroads of major communications routes to develop an economic hub: the Les Consacs and Nicopolis estates host big domestic and international businesses in a natural area.

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