Picture the scene; you have arrived in your beautiful Provence villa, taken a quick dip in the pool and half unpacked. Next on the list is to explore the local area and, most likely, find something to eat. Now imagine, the short walk to the local village leads you Seillans, one of the most beautiful villages in the whole country. Don’t just take our word for it, this stunning perched village, is placed on the list of ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France,’ a list for which it is particularly difficult to get on. According to the most recent statistics, only one in every seven applications are successful, so each village truly has to be a little bit special to get on the list.
Located between the sea and the mountains, close to Grasse and under an hour away from Nice Airport, arrival to the village is quick and simple.
Seillans is a beautiful perched village, one of several in the local area. The village has been a firm favourite among artists, and German painter Max Ernst spent the latter years of his life in Seillans and dedicated several pieces of art to the village. There are also sculptures hidden in every corner, many by the aforementioned Max Ersnt, but another favourite is ‘The Dragon’ by artist Ivan Ivanoff which appears to protect the village. It has a typical Provence charm, full of cobblestones and narrowstreets with small shops, cafés and restaurants. Built into a mountain some of the paths around the town are steep, but this of course creates viewpoints around the village. In the summer the village springs to life and even hosts the Musique-Cordiale Festival in August, where classic and jazz music reverberates throughout the village, from the church and many other outdoor venues.
Seillans is one of our northernmost villages and as such is the closest to the simply stunning Gorges du Verdon. About an hour and a half away by car, the Gorges is worth visiting any time between Spring and Autumn. The Lac Sainte Croix has numerous activities to keep the kids and the big kids happy, including; windsurfing, sailing, kayaking or for a much more leisurely pace, pedalos. The craggy rock formation is superb as is the impossibly turquoise colour of the water. Out of the water there are nice beaches and interesting towns to visit, in particular Ste-Croix-de-Verdon.
As mentioned, the village is among the most beautiful in France. Aside from its obvious beauty its strength lies in its position, nestled into the hillside and surrounded by lush greenery. This matched with the beautiful cobblestone streets and architecture ensures any pictures taken will look like a postcard.
For something a little different on your holiday, why not learn how to cook like a local. Provençal cuisine, like the wines, is famous the world over and the Institut Gastronomie Riviera in Seillans offers a small cookery course to gives a taster session, in a very literal sense. Courses vary learning how to make pastries in two hours, to a longer course which involves cooking a three course meal and tasting 3 different wines.