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Traditional Crafts

The department’s artists and craft workers invite you to meet them in their workshops, so they may share their knowledge and methods with you, along with their tools, their tricks of the trade and their passion.

The painters’ way

The painters’ way

Walk in the footsteps of local artists, several of them major figures in the neo-impressionist movement. You can admire reproductions of their paintings all along the route.

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Olive presses in Draguignan

Olive presses in Draguignan

Visit the village where they are wild for olives, and they will show you the village olive press that dates from the 17th century, in use until the freeze of 1956; it was renovated in 2008 and today you can see the presses, the millstone and the water wheel. Enjoy a tour and tasting at the Moulin de Callas where the Bérenguier family has been making extra-virgin olive oil for 4 generations, oil that wins prizes at the agricultural fair in Paris. Picnic in a picnic area or try a gastronomic lunch at the Hostellerie des gorges de Pennafort (1 Michelin star).

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Pipes from Cogolin

Pipes from Cogolin

Take a tour of the craftsman’s pipe workshop in Cogolin opened in 1802 by the Corrieu brothers. The trade has been handed down from father to son ever since, and the Corrieus still make their pipes out of the finest heather, sourced in the surrounding Var region and hand selected by the master pipe maker himself. You may combine this tour with a wine-tasting in a nearby vineyard (Domaine de la Roulière) and enjoy locally made wine and products.

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