- Essential to visit
- Cotignac and its Rock
The Rock and its troglodyte dwellings
The tuf cliffs of Cotignac, which the local inhabitants call Le Rocher (The Rock), are 80 metres high and 400 metres long. It was traced by the River Cassolle, whose course was deviated, and which today flows to the east of the village. But the rock also bears witness to the presence of cave dwellings that it is still possible to visit. Some present-day dwellings still nestle in the rock.
Le Cours: full of life in summer and winter
Le Cours, sheltered by centuries-old plane trees, is the epitome of a shared social space. Full of life in winter and in summer, it is the home of a weekly market, second-hand goods shops and restaurants of all kinds open all the year round, where people love to sit beneath the shade of the trees in summer or enjoy the winter sunshine.
Cotignac is the St-Tropez of Green Provence. Besides the guaranteed hustle and bustle of Le Cours, the little picturesque streets provide a fine home to many boutiques, particularly for home decoration, where you can enjoy seeking out that "must have".
Artists and Galeries
When you come to Cotignac, you should take the time to visit our artists and craftsmen. A workshop that suddenly appears as you turn the corner or a gallery of naïve painting housed in an original setting - a restaurant! As you stroll through the centre of the town, with all your senses awakened, don’t hesitate to go inside, because some of them contain real treasures!
Notre Dame de Grâce
The scene of apparitions of the Virgin Mary on two occasions and of Saint Joseph, Notre Dame de Grâce is not only a spiritual place, but an historic one. Because in 1637, following an inner revelation, Friar Fiacre said three novenas to the Virgin Mary, including one in Cotignac. Nine months later, Louis XIV was born, and out of gratitude, at the beginning of his reign, he came here on a pilgrimage with the Queen Mother.
Toiles du Sud Festival
Twice a week at the Festival du Rocher in Cotignac between 17 July and 17 August, films are shown beneath the stars on a giant screen, with a show before the film, to provide a unique family experience. This has been the occasion for Georges Lautner, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Michael Lonsdale and many others to come to Cotignac.
The quince is a very common fruit in the Mediterranean area. In fact, it is thought to have given its name to the village. Each year, in October, the Quince Festival takes place. Here you can find traditional or more contemporary recipes, but also dishes of all kinds made from quince.