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Baudinard sur Verdon

Baudinard, a perfume of Provence... Région : Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department : Var (83630)
Population : 215 inhabitants. Baudinardais(es)
Area : 2197 hectares
Altitude: 652 metres

The history of the village goes back to.... prehistory !!!
From the Neolithic period to the Iron Age, various objects and paintings have been found in the caves of the lower Gorge of the Verdon, confirming human existence (On display in the 'Musée de Quinson').
There are no documents tracing the history of Baudinard until 1020, when the dynasty of Sabran was emerging with Emenonthe the first of the dynasty.

The village is mentioned for the first time in the document of 1113, under the name of "Bellum Dinarium",then "Beldisnard" ; from the latin "Bellodinarium" and from the provençal "Beoudiran".

Emblem of Baudinard ►
Taking the lion of Sabran     
and 16 spokes'star of Blacas.    

In 1389, Elzéar of Sabran, Baron d'Ansouis became Lord of Baudinard through his marriage to Beaucette, Dame de Baudinard. The estate stayed in the hands of the Sabran until the Revolution.

In 1852, Baudinard had 402 inhabitants.

Historical Remains

Chasséen vase of the shelter of the bridge of Quinson (©Jean Courtin)
  • A prehistoric cave exists under the church, where a ceramic painting dating back to the Chalcolithique period was found.
  • In the Gorge of Baudinard the church cave has paintings, which show the site was occupied until the Iron Age (access prohibited).
  • Along the River Verdon, traces of human presence from the neolithic period have been found
  • Some caves "Le grand Abri de la Plage", la grotte "G", la grotte "Murée", "l’Abri du Capitaine", la grotte "C", ... and several others have revealed traces of Prehistoric habitation. Many of these can be seen in the Museum of Prehistory.
  • Some remains of a Roman bridge existed near Baudinard.

The village and its main features

In the 'Parc naturel régional du Verdon', the village of Baudinard is a gateway to the "Gorges du Verdon", very close to the Lake of Sainte Croix and surrounded by sunny hills and valleys in a countryside dotted with lavender fields and almond trees.

Several village houses have been built from stones collected from the hills around the countryside, some of these have wells in their cellars. The space under the terracotta roof tiles was used for grain storage. A pulley was used to lift the grain to the top floor. If you walk around the village you can discover several vaulted passages full of character and older houses displaying traditional iron door furniture.

At the beginning of the main street, there are remnants of a small apse integrated into a house, the remains of a distroyed chapel.

"La rue du Passé" (Past street), is an old passage beween the main street and the lower part of the village.

"La rue des Jardins" (Gardens street), which runs behind the houses along the main street, separates the houses from the gardens on the side of the hill.

Above the village, under the pines, are the ruins of the Chateau of the Sabran family, which was destroyed in 1793. The donjon (XIVth Century) is all that remains. On your way stop and admire the wonderful view of the rooftops and the surrounding countryside. The belvedere, a magnificent view to be discovered...

Continue further on the footpath to the summit of the hill, you will reach the footpath (Sentier du Museau de la Colline) leading to the Chapel Notre-Dame de la Garde (XVIth century). From here there is an extraordinary panorama extending from the lake of Sainte Croix to the Luberon, including Mont Sainte Victoire and Mont Ventoux.

The gorges of the Verdon, the Grand Canyon of Europe...Another walk starting from the village (Chemin des Croix du haut) will bring you to a listed Roman Priory (Prieuré de Valmogne) once used by a dozen monks.

The Grand Randonnée GR99 crosses the village and continues through the valley in the direction of Artignosc-sur-Verdon (5 km away).

Don't miss the Botanic Walk "Les Charbonnières" (The charcoal burners), between Baudinard and the lake of Sainte-Croix.

The "Sentier des Basses Gorges" (Footpath of the lower Gorge) follows the gorge for 13km and offers exceptional views.
It is in this "Canyon" of Baudinard that you can see exceptional panoramas, cliffs and the caves, which were used in Prehistoric times..

Crafts and Produce of the Area

  • Quarryng of high quality limestone.
  • Cultivation of vines, wheat, lavender, truffles, olives.
  • Extraction of lavender essence.
  • Breeding of arabian horses.
Arts and crafts :
  • Creation of ceramics in Moustiers and Varages (museum)
  • Metalwork, manufacture of weathervanes
  • Paintings, sculptures and leather goods
  • Tile making in Salernes
  • Olive oil, which is milled in Aups and Tourtour
Gastronomie :
  • Truffle foraging and farming ;
  • Olive and oils ;
  • Goats Cheese ;
  • Honey ;
  • Cotes de Provence wines.

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