Var (83840) Population: 120 Altitude: 800 m
Your first view of Trigance as you arrive from the north or the south along the Jabron river will be the crenellated castle sitting on top of the hill, giving you the feeling that there should be knights riding in armor up the valley. Coming closer, the view of the medieval village snuggled up at the base of the feudal castle only reinforces the atmosphere of a trip back to the past.
The Jabron valley is wide here, and isolated enough that there are buzzards, golden eagles and hawks hunting the fields between the road and the river. The road to the village winds back and forth up the open hillside, giving you an excellent view of the village, the castle and the surrounding hills. The village is a mixture old stone houses, freshly rebuilt stone buildings and a few run-down stone walls, with the narrow streets terracing up the steep hill between them and the castle proudly at the top.
A snug little square in the center of the village has all the necessary shops, including the Bar Piccolo with its outdoor tables and umbrellas. Even in the winter, with the visitors gone, the village has a feeling of life and activity, with people shopping and visiting and kids playing at the church square. The village also hosts a gîte for hikers and a large hotel-restaurant.
Grotto and Waterfall
History of Trigance
First record, 814 Tregentia.. The name means "the three braids", from the provençale "gentia", for braid (or ganse, in French).
Prehistoric: There are vestiges of iron-age tombs at Soleils, 3 km to the north.
Medieval: the fief of the Comte de Provence, and then, in succession, the monks of St. Victor, the Raimondis, Demandoix, Valbelle, Ste. Tulle and Castellane. There's a legend of a Templier treasure hidden in the castle. The castle itself has parts that date back to the 12th, 15th and 16th centuries.
Aug (Mid) - Fête St. Roch
• GPS: 43.760221, 6.441818
IGN (1/25,000) #3542 OT "Castellane, Lac de Castillon"
IGN (1/25,000) #3442 OT "Gorges su Verdon, Moustiers-Ste-Marie"
Trigance is on the Jabron river, only 6 km (by road) before it flows into the Verdon. The region is both hilly and mountainous, and largely forested.
The Grande Randonnée GR49 passes through the village. To the east, the GR goes past Jabron, Bargème, la Bastides, and eventually Mons. To the west, the trail goes to the Crête d'Arme Veille (old-weapon ridge), about 1250 m high, and then north to the top of the Grand Canyon du Verdon.
From the village, other trails go north up the west side of the Jabron to the Verdon river. You can also take the GR49 south about one km, to find a branching trail that goes northeast through the hills and forests, connecting with several other trails towards the mountains of Beysse, Robion and Destourbes.
Quite a nice loop hike (about 2-1/2 hours) begins just north of the village, following forestry roads northwest to "Breis", then south to the tiny hamlet of Entreverges, and east along the ridge back to Trigance. The first half of the hike is fairly exposed, so not good for an August afternoon (when we did it), but the second half is forested and shady.
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.)