The village of Cogolin is set at the foot of the Maures hills in a protected area. It has kept an authentic aspect with its old paved streets, flowering squares, remains of an old castle, a clock tower with a drawbridge and old fortifications.
Cogolin - (Photo : golfe-infos)
But it is to its craftsmanship that Cogolin owes its international reputation : carpet manufacture, pipe manufacture and reeds for wind instruments manufacture.
Cogolin also has the advantage of being set inland and having two accesses to the sea with its marinas : Port Cogolin and Les Marines de Cogolin.
. A touch of history : click here
Legend tells that aboard the boat carrying the body of the Christian martyr Torpes from Italy, which ran aground on the shores of today's Saint-Tropez , were a rooster ("coq" in French) and a dog. At the time, the bay was filled with dirty, briny water, infested with mosquitoes and reeds. The rooster flew away into a neighbouring linseed ("lin" in French) field...
... and the name Cogolin (Coq Au Lin!) , was born. No-one knows exactly what happened to the dog though ! The history of Cogolin has been largely influenced by Counts of Provence and the Religious Wars, then the latter-day Allied Landings.
. The carpet manufacture : this manufacture has made carpets since the 1920's on Jacquard and oriental looms for clients worldwide such as the "Elysée", the White House, the "Grand Trianon". The weavers work to the sound of the clicking of the hooks and cylinders for the highest quality carpets made by hand only according to tradition.
Manufacture de Tapis à Cogolin - (Photo : L. Caille)
. The pipe manufacture : One of the oldest manufactures in the world to make pipes! For over a hundred years this family business has made its reputation with the quality of its pipes. The pipes are made out of local briar from the Maures hills and exist in all shapes and sizes.
Fabrique de Pipies de Cogolin - (Photo : L. Caille)
. Reeds for wind instruments : Manufactured from local reeds by the firm "Rigotti", they are then exported all over the world, from Japan to the West Coast of the United States. The greatest international musicians order them by the boxful.
. Raimu museum : But it would be impossible to visit Cogolin without taking a visit to the Raimu museum , created by the daughter and grand-daughter of the famous French actor : posters, over 200 black & white photos and tens of personal objects including a school book where Raimu copied down all the texts he had to learn, stand witness to the life and work of Jules Muraire, nicknamed "Raimu" - the immortal César of Marcel Pagnol's famous trilo.
. Church & Chapel : Eglise St Sauveur : 16th century church, Chapelle St Roch : 16th century chapel.
. La Tour de l'Horloge (Clock Tower) : Located at the entrance to the fortified 14th century walls. The ramparts surrounded part of the village and castle.
. Le moulin de l'Isle : located at "Domaine de la Giscle". 16th century water and wheat mill, which was driven by steam from 1830 onwards. Access: from Cogolin, RD 14 (Route de Collobrières), Quartier de l'Amirauté. Car park at the domaine. Open every day. Guided tours of the property (except Sunday afternoon).
. Les Marines de Cogolin and Port Cogolin : 5 km from the village on the RN 98 road towards Saint-Tropez , comprising a 57 acre harbour complexe, a sandy beach and a sailing school.
Marines de Cogolin - (Photos : golfe-infos)
. Sailing : Windsurfing, sail boats and catamaran, courses or private lessons at the sailing school at Les Marines de Cogolin, 5 km from the village on the RN 98 road towards Saint-Tropez.
. Permanent exhibitions :
emeure - Musée Sellier - 46, rue Nationale. Open every day :
- from Oct. 1st to April 30th, Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm and from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm
- from May 1st to Sep. 30th Monday to Saturday from 10.30 am to 12.00 pm and from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm
. Wine-tasting tour : vineyards and châteaux : visit, wine-tasting, sale.
Château des Garcinières à Cogolin - Vin Côte de Provence - (Photos : C. Garcinières ››)
. Antique dealers : village and activity park over 7000 m2 for the pleasure of treasure hunting.
. Promenade : Discover the "Old Village" of Cogolin. (Length : 1h15 mn) click here
. In the evening : Port Cogolin (residential quarter built around a marina) comes alive with its restaurants and piano bars.
. Provençal market : Wednesday morning place Victor Hugo, Saturday morning place E. Dolet and at Les Marines de Cogolin Friday morning from June 15th to Sep. 15th.
. Local products : la tarte Tropézienne : The one and only "Tarte Tropézienne" - or as we say here "often imitated, never equalled". This wide, creamy and sweet cake is traditionally served at Formula 1 Grand Prix races !
. Cuisine of the South : "La Conserverie du Bec Fin" with its traditional Provençale specialities such as : fish soup (the famous Bouillabaisse), pistou or basil soup, tapenade, or anchoïade.
Balade en Provence dans Cogolin - (Photos : golfe-infos)
. Raimu Cinema : Avenue Georges Clémenceau. Programme online. click here
. Discothèque : [N]JOY / 2 dance floors with different themes : the first one with a "Stargate" setting and techno music, the second one for people over-thirty with 1980's music. Open every day in high season and at 11.00 pm on weekends and hoildays in low season. Access : 1 Km from the La Foux roundabout towards Cogolin on your right in the comTHANK YOUal zone.
. LEADING EVENTS : click here
Bravades and patron saint's day : 2nd weekend in May.
Grape-picking festival : 3rd weekend in August.
Traditional St Maur fête. : 1st week-end in September.
Raimu Festival (mid September) : But it would be impossible to visit Cogolin without taking a visit to the Raimu museum , created by the daughter and grand-daughter of the famous French actor : posters, over 200 black & white photos and tens of personal objects including a school book where Raimu copied down all the texts he had to learn, stand witness to the life and work of Jules Muraire, nicknamed "Raimu" - the immortal César of Marcel Pagnol's famous trilo.