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Address: Hyeres, France
Phone Number: +33 4 94 01 84 50
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Description: In the 11th century, the Lords of Fos settled on the top of theCasteou...
In the 11th century, the Lords of Fos settled on the top of theCasteou hill (204 m) and built a powerful fortress - one ofthe largest in Provence.Ruled by Charles I of Anjou, brother ofSaint Louis, King of France, a city developed below thefortress which is now a perfect example of a frenchmedieval village. But when in 1481, Provence becamepart of the kingdom of France, the royal city of Hyeresfell into oblivion, until the visits of François I in 1529,then Charles IX and his mother Catherine de Mediciin 1564. However, the city was devastated during thereligious wars. Later on, Louis XIII orderedthe demolition of the castle : the fortress was consideredtoo powerful, as the “League” of Lords was raising againstthe royal order.
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lovely little streets with lots of shops

we walked all round the lower half of the medieval city for a w couple of hours up as far as the templers tower we did not attmpt the higher steps up , my husband has an artifical... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Lunel
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116 reviews 116 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

we walked all round the lower half of the medieval city for a w couple of hours up as far as the templers tower we did not attmpt the higher steps up , my husband has an artifical knee and the more gentle slopes suit us better

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Hyères, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Don't forget to walk there up and down, enjoy the town gardens, the old houses, the great trees and flowers. lovely point of view from the upper old town

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I stopped in this town purely by chance on my way to Toulon. So glad that I did. They have a gorgeous old town filled with cafes, shops and historic buildings. It is a steep walk through the old town but well worth the walk when you arrive at the top. Such a pleasant place to stroll for a day!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Although not a word was mentioned in any of our guide books about the region, and we came here purely by chance, we were amazed to discover the beautiful medieval core of Hyeres. It is very well preserved and seemingly free of tourists (apart from ourselves), probably because nobody knows about it!! Walking through the narrow streets, you feel as... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We were surprised that Hyeres had such a nice old town. Please do note that further up the streets get quite steep.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Those who have been to different cities in France would know there are always "vieille ville" in a city/town. After having visiting at least 15 cities in the region PACA, I can tell you that the old town of Hyeres does offer an amazing experience for those who like to stroll around as it is truly authentic and well reserved.... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Lovely old town, some amazing restaurants and wonderful history and art. I went en route to the nearby islands but Im so glad to have discovered it,

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Much less touristic than other old towns in the vicinity, such as St Paul de Vence. To the point of being a bit run down and with streets not always that clean. But very authentic and beautiful in its own way. Especially since it is on a very steep hill, with houses built to adjust to the slope. It is... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

medieval history perspires from every wall of the old cite de Hyeres. We loved to stroll under the domy roofs of its downtown

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Hyeres
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

When I was a kid growing up in Provence, every town was a bit like that.Now they are mostly concrete and new buildings,but the old town of Hyeres has truly kept all its authenticity. A very nice place to stroll around,have a bite to eat, and take some photos here and there.

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