Traditional agriculture and settlements

Scattered settlements and hamlets
The Saint-Pons district of Le Rouret is as good a place as any to take a look at the history of the development of hamlets. Back in the Middle Ages, the settlement was on the top of Le Bois, a site that was eventually abandoned. A new village,...
Olive trees
Opio is a good place to find out a bit more about olive trees with all the terraces of olive trees on the hills around here. The olive tree, along with the cypress, is what makes the pays de Grasse so typically Provençal. The olive tree was sacred...
The hamlets of La Colle
There are several hamlets around the village of La-Colle-sur-Loup , including the hamlets of les Layets and les Rouberts. Let’s go back in time to see how they came into being! The story begins with families from Saint-Paul coming to live in the...
La Ferrage estate
La Ferrage estate in Gourdon is a good example of the important role that rural estates played in the social and economic history of the pays de Grasse. The property is opposite the village on the other side of the Gourdon road. The rural estates,...
The communal sheepfold
To the right of the path to the Roman camp is Le Rouret’s communal sheepfold, an example of the inhabitants’ efforts to keep the local economy going. Problems with water supply in Le Rouret made traditional Mediterranean-style agriculture based on...
Agricultural landscape
All around the path leading to the Calern plateau are signs of the farming activity that shaped the landscape around Cipières. On the outskirts of the village are the barns, vegetable gardens, and threshing floors, the flat flagstone surfaces where...
Truffles
The truffle plot alongside the path will come as a surprise to those who were unaware that Le Rouret has been the black truffle capital of the Alpes-Maritimes for quite some time. When Le Rouret decided to purchase this piece of land full of oak...
Pasturelands of the Calern plateau
Sheep and cattle grazing has long existed on the Calern plateau as can be seen in Les Baumes, Le Teil and Vaumeillane. During your walk, you’ll come across different kinds of buildings, some of which date back to the eighteenth century. The first...
The Mediterranean landscape
From the terrace next to Saint-Trophime church there is a panoramic view of Opio and surrounding area. It’s an ideal spot for seeing how traditional Mediterranean agriculture and its variants influenced land development. Like many other villages in...

En complément

The castle and the De Drée estates
The De Drée castle, the huge building with a symmetrical façade and two semi-circular projections, was originally a bastide. Behind it were the old farm buildings, which you can get to through the porch adjoining the castle, and surrounding it are...
Transformation of Cabris and Peymeinade
From the shady terrace adjoining the parish church there is a view of the hill where Cabris stands, a medieval village that grew up around a fortified castle. The villages of Peymeinade and Cabris face each other and were both part of the territory...
Les Crottes sheepfold
A few minutes’ walk from the road, nestling in the greenery, are the ruins of the les Crottes sheepfold, an excellent example of the area’s pastoral past. We know very little about the sheepfold but we do know that its name comes from the word Crota...
Scattered settlements and hamlets
From Saint-Pierre there is a panoramic view of the entire commune of Pégomas. Let’s try to understand how this space was used over the centuries. In the Middle Ages, the plain was virtually all farmland and was a pretty inhospitable place due to the...
Les Jaïsous and les Jacourets: hamlets
Far from the new village centre of Peymeinade, the hamlets of Les Jaïsous and Les Jacourets are typical scattered settlements that have retained all their charm. They both appeared on the Cassini map in the late eighteenth century. They were close...