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Old Town

Hyeres, France
+33 4 94 01 84 50
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Ranked #1 of 12 attractions in Hyeres
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Kaohsiung, Kao-hsiung, Taiwan
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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93 reviews 93 reviews
12 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Great views and fun exploring the narrow streets. The view at the top is stunning and the geography surrounding Hyeres is breathtaking.

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Calgary, Canada
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102 reviews 102 reviews
60 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Have dinner at one of the four or five restaurants in the centre of the old town

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Oslo
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

Its a beautiful little old town build on a hill. Hyeres has also a beautiful and wild coastline one one side there is the harbour and a couple of hotels and apt, on the other side you can find wild birds and surfers. The contrast is exeptional about Hyeres. To visit everything I recommend to stay for at least 3... More

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Sydney
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36 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2011

We asked at a cafe about the score of the World Cup Rugby and they made us join them in watching til the end of the game. There were some lovely shops and lots of activity with children playing and people buying their groceries, fruit and vegetables. Loved the Linen shop.

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