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Lake of Saint-Cassien

The lake of Saint Cassien and its fresh waters are one of the most appreciated sites by locals and tourists of the Pays de Fayence.

The dam of Saint-Cassien on the Biançon river, a tributary of the Siagne, was built in 1966. It is used for two purposes: to produce electricity and to supply water to certain towns in the Var department and in the west of the Alpes-Maritimes department. Its role is also to act on the high waters to prevent flooding. Today, the lake Saint-Cassien has become a popular leisure base.

The Espace Découverte (Discovery Space) presents the history of the Pays de Fayence, its dam, but also geology. This fun and interactive visit is a great opportunity to learn more about this exceptional area.

Nearby towns and villages

The Pays de Fayence has a rich heritage, spread over its 9 perched villages. The lake extends over three of these villages (Tanneron, Montauroux and Callian) and on the southern flanks of the Esterel massif.

Tanneron is nicknamed the “Land of mimosas”. Whether cultivated or wild, these yellow-flowered trees are present everywhere and perfume the air. This territory, made up of 22 hamlets, even has the largest number of mimosas in France.

In Montauroux, fountains are omnipresent. On the small squares and in the alleys, the lapping of the water punctuates the life of the villagers. The Saint-Barthélemy chapel is surprising, the rather rustic exterior with its exposed stones hides a richly decorated interior which has earned it a classification as a Historical Monument. The walls and barrel vault are covered with painted wooden panels.

The village of Callian was built around its feudal castle and its towers dating from the 12th and 13th centuries. Its charming alleys spiral around this medieval building. Several buildings bear witness to the history of Callian: clock tower, chapel of the penitents, church of Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption, castle Goerg.

From the picturesque village of Mons perched at an altitude of 814 meters, the panorama of the coast is exceptional. On a clear day, you can even see the Isle of Beauty in the distance. The parish church of Mons has a precious set of baroque altarpieces dating from the 17th century. This unique heritage is listed in the inventory of historical monuments. The 10th and 12th century alleyways contribute to the picturesque character of this village.

Tourrettes is a real open-air museum. The artists have taken possession of the streets, decorating them with scenes from their imagination and their work. The best way to discover this village is to get lost in the alleys and to take the small old stairs punctuated with vaulted passages.

Beaches and activities

On this 420-hectare stretch of water, numerous water sports activities are offered to vacationers. On the beach, children can swim in complete safety while parents can take advantage of the sun to perfect their tan and enjoy this moment of relaxation.

With family or friends, fun is guaranteed on the floating inflatable obstacle course of the lake of Saint-Cassien.

To explore the lake in complete freedom, there is nothing better than a trip in a kayak or canoe. In just a few strokes of the oars, vacationers find themselves at the center of this lake with its crystal-clear waters, immersed in the nature that surrounds it. The calm waters of Saint-Cassien are ideal for learning the latest fashionable sport: stand-up paddleboarding.

To share a fun moment with family or friends, simply rent a pedal boat and set off to conquer the small coves spread along the shores of lake.

The lake of Saint-Cassien is a popular site for predatory fish and carp fishermen. Various practices, such as float-tube or the playful fishing of the common bleak, are allowed on the site.

Why not discover the lake of Saint-Cassien in an original way by going for a horse ride? Several equestrian centers located not far from this stretch of water offer rides accessible to beginners and experienced riders. This unforgettable experience in the heart of nature will leave an unforgettable memory of your stay in southern France.

Nature on the shores of Lake Saint-Cassien remains fragile. The eastern part is protected by the Fondurane biological reserve managed by the Conservatoire d’espaces naturels de Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur. 182 species of birds have found refuge in this natural habitat. The fauna and flora are varied: European pond turtle, red-rumped swallow, false cork oak, Turkey oak, etc… An observatory has been set up so that young and old can see the different animals that live in the reserve.

Lakes in Southeastern France