Var (83440) Population: 812 Altitude: 320 m
St. Paul is located in an area of low hills heavily forested in pine and oak, in a region known for its "Provence" wine, olives and cork. St. Paul, sitting in a clearing amidst the pine forests south of Fayence and west of the Lac de St. Cassien, is probably very nice for living; many houses are situated in the surrounded woods.
The village doesn't seem very attractive for visiting, though. The buildings are tight against the roads passing through, and there are no little streets or "old village" or even any fountains to speak of. Even sitting on the end of this wooded ridge, the view isn't very good from the village, and the village itself can't be seen from a distance.
The location, however, is beautiful, with the forests all around the village.
History of Saint Paul-en-Foret
First record, 11th century Sanctus Paulus de Gallina Grasse; named St-Paul-lez-Fayence in 1824 when it was detached from the commune of Fayence.
Prehistoric: Stone-age artifacts were discovered at Saquetons, a hamlet 3 km to the north.
Celto-Ligurian: St. Paul has traces of a Celtic-Ligurian site, and Gallo-Roman vestiges, including tombs and tiles.
• GPS: 43.567538, 6.69116
IGN (1/25,000) #3543 ET "Haute Siagne"
Bagnols-en-Forêt is about 3 km to the south, separated by forests and river valleys. There are some small trails here, but the area is also blocked by private estates and houses.
Transportation Saint Paul-en-Foret
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.)