•Var (83136) • Population: 4,916 • Altitude: 300 m
Garéoult is a plain little town in the western Var, south of Brignoles. It's essentially a residential town in a wide farming valley of the Issole river.
This is a nice little place for a visit when you're in the area, and a decent place for a lunch stop. The village has a true heart-of-France lived in feel.
Garéoult has a lot of small fountains and one tall fountain on the Place de la with some interesting sculpted cheribuc-faces [Photo-01].
Many of the village houses are renovated in Provençal colors and others are of natural stone construction.
The village church of Garéoult is the 1884 Saint-Etienne, restored in 1983. On top of the 19th century bell tower is a lovely cylindrical campanile [Photo-05].
A couple of nice old chapels are the Chapelle Saint-Garéoult and the Chapelle Saint-Félix located on a small hill with a source just northwest of the center.
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History of Garéoult
First record, 1017 Guardilis
Gallo-Roman: Remains from the Gallo-Roman era included a necropolis with sarcophagi.
Medieval: Garéoult was a domain of the Viscounts of Marseille, and later that of the Abbey of La Celle.
Hôtel de Ville, Place de l'Eglise
Tel : 0494 049 472
• GPS: 43.327905, 6.046341
IGN (1/25,000) #3346 OT "Toulon, Le Gro Cerveau, Mont Faron"
IGN (1/25,000) #3445 OT "Cuers, Pierrefeu-du-Var, Collobrières"
We saw three places to eat in the center of the village, none of them "high end". Pizzeria Chez Zazou and restaurant Saveurs d'Asie are side-by-side on a side street. We had lunch in the Snack-Café Chez Corinne et Jo on the main street; a lovely lunch, good service and chatty customers were a nice surprise after the innocuous little entry.
Also in the village is the larger Auberge St Médard.
Garéoult is served by theses VAR buses:
- 4402: Toulon, La Valette-du-Var, La Garde, La Farlédé, Solliès-Pont, Belgentier, Méounes-lès-Montrieux, La Roquebrussanne, Néoules, Garéoult, Tourves, Saint Maximin.
- 4408: Brignoles, Forcalqueiret, Garéoult, Rocbaron, Néoules, Méounes-lès-Montrieux, La Roquebrussanne.
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.)