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Dolce Frégate Provence Staff Picks

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    Explore the World Under the Water

    A short, 10-minute jaunt from the Dolce Frégate Provence you will find the coastal community of Bandol, a popular spot for scuba divers from all over the world.

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    A Look Inside a Writer’s World

    Discover the world of one of France’s greatest writers of the 20th century, Marcel Pagnol. Novelist, playwright, and film director, Pagnol has been highly lauded throughout time in nearly every medium of writing. Upon your visit to Dolce Frégate Provence, we highly recommend you take the short drive to the beautiful commune of Aubagne.

    Here visitors can enjoy a guided “Childhood Memories” tour of the grounds Pagnol grew up on, including Château de ma Mère, Manon Fountain in La Treille, and Angèle farm. Be sure to wear suitable shoes for the climb about Mount Garlaban and a picnic to enjoy on this 9-kilometer tour, the last Sunday of each month (with exception to April, July, and August). You may also tour Pagnol’s childhood home on Cours Barthélémy to see where it all began.

    The Petit Monde de Marcel Pagnol is also not to be missed for its incredible recreations from the writer’s most famous and beloved scenes in the book and on film. 200 figurines adorn the landscape showcasing his best works, so take advantage of this sight!

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    Set Sail Today

    Set Sail Today

    Just under a twenty-minute drive away, history lovers will be able to indulge in the incredible exhibits at the Musée National de la Marine Toulon. This museum boasts collections, workshops, and both guided and unguided tours that will enlighten and educate visitors about the trials, successes, and progress of the French Navy.

    Open every day, with the exception of Tuesdays, admission to the museum is only 6€. Throughout the month of February, guests have the option of joining in on several workshops that are suitable for a range of ages so your whole family can find something fun to enjoy. On Thursday, February 14th reserve a spot for your children, ages 6 to 10, to learn about pirates and create their own flag or you can book your spot on Thursday, February 21st to join in the mock Giant Naval battle. The choices are vast and you will walk away with a greater understanding of all things Navy related.

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    Beekeeping – Your Unique Tour Opportunity

    Housing 12 beehives, the Dolce Frégate Provence offers its guests an experience like no other. Our expert beekeeper, Cyril Antunes, provides beehive tours for you and your family to learn up-close-and-personal how these extraordinary creatures function and produce honey just at the edge of our golf course. Cyril has kept thousands of bees since his training at the CFPPA school in Hyères. He now keeps 40 beehives and delivers a knowledgeable and entertaining tour to guests at the Dolce Frégate Provence.

    Our hotel’s location provides an optimal environment, protected from rough winds and rich with sunshine. This and the importance of beekeeping and bees’ necessary impact on our environment are explored during each workshop.

    Protective clothing is provided, however, participants must wear light-colored clothing as well as long pants and closed-toe shoes. Special rates are offered for groups of six at 35€ per person, but pairs may attend the workshop for just 100€.

  • The Making of the Savon de Marseille

    Soap makers in Marseille have been creating one-of-a-kind gentle soaps that people across the globe have loved and indulged in for ages. These soaps are made using native oils and alkaline ash from marine plants indigenous to the Mediterranean Sea. This famous soap, however, was not granted its title “Savon de Marseille” (Marseille Soap) until about 1688 when Jean-Baptiste Colbert proclaimed them so. The soaps contain 72% vegetable oils and no animal additives.

    The Savon de Marseille remained popular throughout the 1700 and 1800s. Although the 1900s brought mass-produced synthetic soaps and detergents, the Savon de Marseille persevered, with families still favoring the purity and gentleness of these authentic bars of soap. Today, less than five soap makers still follow the Marseille soap-making tradition. Altogether it takes two weeks to create Savon de Marseille. Alkaline ash from sea plants and the Mediterranean Sea salted water are heated for ten days in antique cauldrons, then poured into open pits where it hardens. They make the perfect gift to take back home, just don't forget to pick up a few for yourself with you're in France. 

  • Bask in the Beauty of Bandol Wine

    There’s no Provence without Bandol wine and no Bandol without the South of France. Some will go so far as to say that Bandol wine is Provence’s best-kept secret. Well, the secrets out now. Bandol wine can be found in the limestone hills near the village of Bandol, east of Marseille and west of Toulon, in the South of France. The hillside vineyards in the Bandol area come together to form a natural amphitheater, creating a majestic view of acres of vineyard.

    Along with Bordeaux and Burgundy, Bandol has been named one of the noblest wines of France. A cherry and blackberry flavored wine made mostly of Mourvèdre grape, Bandol has a distinct richness and ripeness to it, all thanks to its many hours spent baking in the sun. The vineyards that cultivate Bandol, lay on the hills and almost always get direct sunlight, making Bandol flavor so distinct and full of character.

    Today, the region is known by many for its rosés, but that does not mean that visitors aren’t indulging in the more full-bodied and voluptuous red wines that Bandol has to offer as well. Visiting Provence is worth taking a wine tour or two. You most certainly cannot leave Provence without sipping on and savoring the best red wine in the area.

  • Journey Through the Gorgeous Gorges Du Verdon

    The Gorges du Verdon is quite a sight to behold! This 25-kilometer long river canyon is one of the many must-see natural wonders of South Provence. Its turquoise-green waters are perfect for visitors to kayak and canoe down the gorge. Along with its breathtaking waters and a bounty of limestone, the approximately 25-kilometer gorge attracts its visitors for a number of other reasons: cycling, bird-watching, and hiking the hills to name a few. Extending down about 700 meters deep, the Gorges du Verdon is the deepest gorge in all of France, so you won’t want to miss seeing this historic landmark for yourself.

    We recommend you start your journey at the small town of Moustiers Sainte Marie, the western entrance of the Gorge, and then make your way southeastward to the large village of La Palud Sur Verdon. In between those two destinations, you will cross Pont de Sainte Croix, stroll through the hillside village of Aiguines, travel into Balcons de Mescla, head through the small village of Trigance, discover le pointe sublime, and reach the village of Rougon.

  • Nature Lovers Rejoice

    Don’t just observe the beautiful scenery that surrounds Dolce Frégate Provence. Instead, discover, explore, and experience it for yourself! Our unique location overlooking the Mediterranean Sea provides convenient access to a variety of exceptional natural sites, especially the breathtaking Calanque de Port d'Alon (Port d'Alon Creek).

    Located between Saint-Cyr and Bandol, only a ten-minute drive away from our hotel, Calanque de Port d'Alon is an idyllic wild creek set against a lush and verdant backdrop. When arriving from Port d’Alon, this creek can be reached along the coastal path—another great opportunity for exploring the nature and wildlife of the South of France.

    Whether you prefer sunning yourself on the sand, walking the pine-shaped slopes, or taking a dip in the refreshing waters, this one-of-a-kind destination offers something for everyone. Grab your swimming costume and get ready to soak up some warm rays.