With its 9 perched villages, the country of Fayence seduces by the charm of its landscapes and the renown of its craftsmen. Located in the heart of Provence, the canton boasts local producers for the delight of the gourmands. Honey, nougats, wines but especially olive oil, holidays in the Var are the opportunity to dive in the heart of a magnificent terroir.

Olive oil in Provence: an eventful history

In the 6th century AD, the first olive groves in Provence appeared. An emblematic tree of the region, it is the travelers from the Orient who teach the Provençaux the techniques of manufacture. With the arrival of the Romans and grace to the flourishing empire, as production develops and crosses borders.

After the Middle Ages, the olive oil trade continued its expansion. There are new markets especially in soap and industry. In spite of the great gels, which are strongly shaken the orchards between the XVIII and the beginning of the XXth century, the olive oil remains THE flagship product of the region.

An olive mill near the holiday rentals of Fayence

Montauroux’s communal oilmill still operates thanks to the will of the town hall and the enthusiasts. By perpetuating the tradition of the olivades of Provence, it allows its inhabitants to make their own olive oil. In season, the master mill welcomes tourists on holiday in the Var. He shares his love of olive oil by presenting the olive cultivation paths: from picking to the final of the milling. At the end of the day, the old wood-burning oven is used to heat the bread. It is the opportunity for the guardian of the place to taste his or liquid in the form of “totis” and grilled “roustides”! Accessible in 15 minutes from Fayence, this little jewelery remains a must in the production of local olive oil.

The country of Fayence restaurants, ambassadors!

Located in the heart of Provençal production, the canton of Fayence benefits from the abundant activity of its small producers. The restaurants of Fayence make it a point of honor to enhance their gastronomic heritage. Establishments such as Les jardins de Mathilde in Callian offer tasty and colorful cuisine made from local produce. Provençal gastronomy, olive oil is highlighted in all forms. Tourists on vacation in the Var can not miss it!