The Citadel, a time-honoured workcamp

31 Aug 2019 au 20 Sep 2019

Place : Saint-Tropez (Var)

Public : Adults

 Saint-Tropez is known for its port, beach, police and last but not least, its citadel!

While it has reigned over the town for 400 years, our teams of volunteers have been carefully working to conserve and restore it for the last 20 summers.

The citadel is a pre-Vauban construction and remains one of the only sizeable monuments of this type on the Var coastline.

The first reference to it dates back to 1583 when a record refers to a building on the “Colline des Moulins” hill. Later, in 1607 the castle keep was completed, with its thick hexagonal walls encircling a large internal courtyard.

Today, the citadel houses the town’s maritime history museum, where visitors can learn about famous seafaring explorers as well as the men and women who lived in the town and port. 

This year, you’ll be able to get to grips with dry-stone building techniques with our highly-experienced trainer who knows these walls inside out. You’ll work with her to continue restoring a retaining wall looking out to sea, with a footpath below it.

As well as visiting various seaside resorts on the Côte d’Azur, we’ll take you away from the coast and off the beaten track to explore the Var countryside, visit the Verne Monastery, hike in the Massif des Maures or take an excursion to the Salins d’Hyères sea salt ponds.

Special bonus :  The workcamp will be in September, so you’ll still be able to enjoy the warm summer weather but without the crowds that throng to the Côte d’Azur in July and August.

Type of work : Dry stone masonry

Accommodation : Camping, in mobil home.