Bras & around

Bras is a quaint medieval village, picturesquely nestled in the wooded hills of "Green Provence", halfway between the Verdon Gorges and the Mediterranean Sea, in the heart of a spectacular and unspoilt countryside.

 

La Provence Verte = the green heart of Provence

Knight Templar

 

 

 

 

 

Argens river near Bras

Bras in the heart of Green Provence

Set in sublime natural sceneries of lush oak forests, vines and olive groves, the village of Bras is a haven of tranquillity and relaxation, an intimate hideaway from it all, allowing you to fully unwind well off the beaten tourist track, discover a land of art and history and share the unique lifestyle of Provence.

The name of our village, although equal to the French word for "arm", has no relationship to human anatomy, but rather comes from the Celtic word "Braz" which refers to a water hole. And indeed, the surroundings are characterized by numerous rivers, purling brooks and crystal clear ponds providing humidity and cooling in the height of summer. Located 300 meters above sea level, Bras is nestling in a beautiful setting of rolling hills, small mountains and hidden valleys covered with abundant vegetation, significantly named "Green Provence". In an ever-shrinking world this district still offers pristine, raw nature at its most beautiful with vast areas of untouched wilderness, interrupted only occasionally by a hamlet deeply hidden in the woods or perched like an eyrie on a hilltop. These scenic landscapes, typical for the hinterland of the Var, delight all lovers of nature and authenticity. Due to its elevated situation close to the Alpine foothills, the region also offers a renowned healthy climate with sunny and warm days and pleasantly cool nights.

The history of Bras, a thousand years old, is intimately linked to that of the Knights Templar: along with the expansion of the first castrum on the hill of Saint-Pierre, the Templars established here in the thirteenth century an important commandry including large agricultural estates, which provided during the Crusades in the Holy Land fresh supplies to the Order's bases via the port of Marseille. Unfortunately the edifices of that period have not survived the ravages of time and nowadays only a chapel (well restored) and some ruins remain. However, despite the disappearance of the old stones, the land on which the people of Bras have built their homes today will forever be loaded with history...

Currently the community has just over two thousand inhabitants. As a rather small village, its commercial offer obviously can not compete with that of a city. Nevertheless, you will find everything for your daily needs: a small supermarket, a bakery, a butcher-caterer, two excellent restaurants, two cafes and a pizza take-away. There is also the Cellier des Templiers wine shop, a pharmacy, a tobacco and newspaper kiosk, and not to forget the small weekly market and the direct sale of local products from the farmers. Otherwise, a larger choice of shops and restaurants is available in the nearby towns of Saint-Maximin (10 km) Brignoles (15 km), Aubagne (40 km) or Aix-en-Provence (45 km).

 
A little walk through Bras in pictures:
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Bras - little village in the hinterland of the Riviera Bras Main road Bras - Gargoyles fontain
Bras - Square of 14th July Bras - Church Notre-Dame-de-l'Agrenas Bras - Market day
Bras - The Knights Templar Chapel Bras - Alleyway up to the church Bras - House front in the old village Bras - Window of the church
Bras - Restaurant *La Petite Maison de Bras* Bras - Restaurant *L'Aoutée* Bras - Café des Sports
Bras - Wine co-operative and shop *Le Cellier des Templiers* Bras - Cinema View of Bras from *La Bastide des Templiers* Guest House
Poppy field near Bras Shady woods around Bras Bras - In the heart of Green Provence

Pictures of Bras
 
 
 
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