After exploring the small streets full of charm of this village of the hinterland, enjoy, from the panoramic viewpoint, the highest waterfall in the Var which vaporizes its spray when hitting the pond surface with emerald waters, a small charming corner where you can cool off in the spring or summer.
A Sensitive Natural Area to protect
The ENS of Sillans-la-Cascade is a natural area with varied environments: Natural meadows, riparian forest, river, mixed forest, etc. With an exceptional scenery, varied environments and the presence of waterfalls, extremely favorable to biodiversity. Protected species: bats, orchids, mammals. It is also a place of contracted or regulated uses. Help us to protect this exceptional site and comply with regulations: no fire, dog on a leash, no swimming.
The walls appear to date from the medieval period, at a time when the villages wanted to protect from attacks of various origins: looters, war, plague,... If the castle was completely refurbished by the Marquis de Castellane, it is not the same thing for the medieval walls. The crenellated part of the tower was rebuilt in the 19th century.
Sensitive Natural Area ... a natural heart
The ENS of Sillans is a Sensitive Natural Area whose natural and landscaped heritage accounted for the purchase of 367ha of natural lands by the County Council of the Var from 1989 and 1992. A Departmental Property whose objective is to preserve the natural heritage and make it accessible to the public. Some significant improvements have been carried out to allow the public access to the belvedere opposite the waterfall in total safety. Sillans la Cascade is classified as "natural heart".
The parish church of Saint-Etienne
The Church of Sillans-la-Cascade is under the patronage of the relics of Saint-Etienne, a martyr whose feast is celebrated on 3 August. The church preserves a relic of the first martyr, Saint-Etienne. It was brought in the end of the 12th century by a member of the noble family of Pontevès returning from a crusade. It succeeded an ancient chapel dedicated to Saint-Laurent, published in 1079 in a bull of Pope Gregory VI. It still existed in the beginning of the 19th century.
Sillans-la-Cascade was a village with three castles: the first one, a medieval castle, ruined in the late Middle Ages. The second one, built in 1609 in the surrounding area, was destroyed during the Revolution. The third one, built in the early 19th century by Rolland Sillans in the middle of a park, was bought by the town in 1992 to the Count François de Castellane.
Travertine cliff and Sillans waterfall
Travertine is a sedimentary limestone biogenic continental rock (built by living organisms). The village of Sillans-la-Cascade is known for its spectacular waterfall 44m high. Bresque is currently deposited limestone travertines. The natural basin at its foot has bluish color characteristic of waters rich in microparticles - here suspended limestone. Along the waterfall itself, we can see travertine veils deposited on the moss.
From the car park, follow the signs "belvédère par le village" (panoramic viewpoint through the village). Cross the D22 by the pedestrian crossing and the paved road. Continue straight through the olive grove in the village.
1- After the olive grove, turn left up the stairs. Cross the D560 on the pedestrian crossing and take the "monté du château" (rise to the castle) in the direction of the Town Hall. Turn right before the war memorial, pass through the Place du Verger and go down the Rue Courte. Continue on the Rue des Safraniers and follow the signs "la cascade belvédère". Down the street, go down the stairs and cross the bridge over Bresque staying to the left. After the bridge, turn right by the pedestrian crossing and go straight passing to the right of the school, continue on the paved road to the entrance of the path that leads to the waterfall on the right.
2- Continue along the path between the riprap for 200m then turn right onto the trail. Go down several sets of stairs and walk through the woods to the waterfall panoramic viewpoint, and then head back by the same route.
Warning, slippery steps in case of rain, dogs must have a leash, do not leave the trails, no swimming.
House of the Verdon Regional Nature Park
Domaine de Valx, 04360 Moustiers-Sainte-Marie
+33 (0)4 92 74 68 00
House of the Verdon Regional Nature Park
Place Martin Bidouré , 83630 Aups
04 94 84 00 69
Access and parking
At 6.5km West of Salernes, through the D560.
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