This beautiful medieval town has long been a favourite with tourists. Dominated by a limestone cliff studded with troglodyte caves, and surrounded by green hills, lavender fields and vineyards, you would be hard pushed to imagine a more typical Provencal destination.
Whatever the time of year there is a wealth of things to see and do in Cotignac. We’ve pulled together our favourite attractions to give you a flavour of a holiday in this beautiful village.
Every Tuesday, shoppers flock to Cotignac for this popular market – drink in the scents and colours of Provence as you stock up on vegetables, olives, honey, clothing and gifts. In high summer there are also occasional markets on Wednesday and Friday evenings. It’s a great time to enjoy an al fresco meal on the Cours Gambetta!
The now famous and very popular Rosé Festival in Cotignac takes place in mid July and is the place to be if you are a rosé fan. The rosé producer Mirabeau collaborates with local producers to bring you this tasty festival with live music and lots ad lots of wine to sample!
Waterfall Vallon Gai
It’s just a 15-minute walk from the bridge opposite the tourist office to this stunning waterfall. As you walk along the river a series of small falls tumbling into blue/green ponds whet your appetite for the main event – a 10m fall which tumbles down the rock face into a small lagoon.
This small but growing museum will give you a great insight into the history of Cotignac, its troglodyte caves and the surrounding area. This community project is free to enter, but donations are welcome.
This small art centre in the Course Gambetta opened in 2016, having previously been a restaurant, a garage, a cinema and a chapel. The exhibitions change regularly and there’s a small charge for entry. Opening hours are 10:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 – 15:30, closed Mondays and Thursdays.
There’s a huge choice of vineyards in the Cotignac area, which is famous for its rose wine. One of our favourites is Mirabeau, which has a shop in the centre of Cotignac – why not drop in and try a glass?
The Rocher climb
Cotignac’s famous cliff face used to be a huge waterfall, but when the river was diverted, it became homes for some of the town’s residents and their animals. The caves are now open to the public, and for €2 you can climb up and see them, as well as the Saracen towers that perch on top of the cliff. The caves are open through spring and summer, although times vary, so check with the tourist office.
Renowned for its food, Provence is a food lovers dream. From rustic local dishes to fine dining, you’ll be spoilt for choice in and around Cotignac. One of our favourites is Le Temps de Pose. This delightful restaurant in the Place de la Mairie has outside tables, some of which are shaded by a tree. It’s a great place to people-watch! Expect good home-made food at reasonable prices.
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