From Cotignac, this place is just a 35 mins drive away. It’s Lac St Croix at its best – the beach pier at Bauduen (just at the village entrance) has great pedalos and paddle boards for rent at 17 and 8 euros per hour. When there is no wind and the lake is smooth, this equipment is truly fun to rent and it’s fun for the whole family! There are little nooks and pretty places to paddle to, swimming is also great here, and there’s never a lack of sunshine in Provence, so it’s ideal for the summer. Try Café du Midi (just into the village, on your right on a terrace up the stairs passed the post office) for a great lunch (I had their veal with ceppe mushroom sauce, it was divine) just bring cash or a French bank cheque as they do not accept credit cards. But they do have the most amazing tasting ice cream ever!! – 🙂 Susana
There is a plethora of choice when it comes to bathing in the Summer Season here in Provence. Even if you may not be staying (or living) in a villa with swimming pool, there are plenty of choices for cooling down. Close to Cotignac we have the Lac St Croix (35 mins drive), the beaches of St Tropez (Pamplonne) and Bormes Les Mimosas (1 hr 15 mins), as well as River beds like the Plan d’Eau in Salernes (20 mins) or Vallon Sourn in Chateau Vert (20 mins) or the Verdon in Quinson, where you can picnic or dine nearby, or enjoy sunbathing or naps under the parasol pines. There are also municipal swimming pools in Regusse, Brignoles, and St Maximin but be warned that picnics are not allowed pool-side and most do not allow entry with lounge chairs. You’ll have to make do with a simple towel to lie down on. Continue reading Beaches, Lakes, and Rivers, oh my!