Var (83470) Population: 844 Altitude: 320 m
Seillons-Source-d'Argens is a small village perched along the top of a short ridge overlooking vineyards on the plains north of St-Maximin-la-Ste-Baume. An 18th-century chateau tops the village.
Seillons is a very nice little village, and probably a lovely place to live, but it doesn't have any particular attractions for tourists. Some of these streets are narrow, between Provencal and Medieval style houses, with ocre pastels and stone walls.
If you do stop there, the village is pleasant place to wander the three or four long parallel streets. The village is just big enough for an hour's walk around, and to check out the nice view from the top of the village of the surrounding countryside.
A number of informative plaques are positioned around the village, explaining historical facts and interesting sites. Clearly visible in white and bright orange, the plaques are in French and English. The master version with the route and the numbers of the others is at the Mairie, Place Gabriel Peri.
The village hill is quite rocky, and has many small caves now used for cellars and garages. The hill is terraced, with many olive trees, and there are shady plain trees in the village. The town hall (Mairie) on the Place Gabriel Peri is beautifully decorated, wiht ocre walls, white and brick trim and blue shutters.
The 18th-century nobel chateau is visible above its ballistrated walls. The chateau is now a private home and not open to visitors, but you can walk through the deep, stone walled track around its base to a great viewing site on the south edge of the village.
There is no commerce of any kind in the village, except for a hairdressers. Seillons-Source-d'Argens does have one café, so all isn't lost. On a previous visit, back in 1999, Seillons-Source-d'Argens had a post office and a small grocery store (alimentaion), but we found no trace of them in 2011.
The street names are rather picturesque, evoquing times gone by: rue du Moulin, rue du Four, rue du Lavoir, rue de la Vieille Forge, rue du Vieux village and rue du Chateau. Still talking about name, Paris is nearby: a tiny hamlet at the foot of the village.
A large winery, the Cave Saint André, is located right in the village.
• GPS: 43.496114, 5.884172
IGN (1/25,000) #3344 OT "St-Maximim - Barjols"
Didier Richard (1/50,000) #14 "Luberon, Sainte-Victoire"
Seillons-Source-d'Argens is in the extreme lower-right corner of the Didier Richard map #14, and no other 1/50,000 scale map covers the area to the east.
Department 83, Var Buses
- See Beyond's Var Department Bus Schedules for downloading the Var bus-lines map [Plan du Reseau] and bus-line schedules [Horaires] (link for PDF files).
- Schedules for the Var bus lines are on the VarLib Horaires-Ligne page (http://www.varlib.fr/horaires_ligne/?rub_code=6") - type the line number in the Numéro ... ligne box to access the bus schedule PDF link. (Type a couple of digits in the box to get a list of route numbers.)