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THINGS TO DO IN THE FRENCH RIVIERA FROM  HAUTE VUE  VILLA MONTAUROUX

  • Writer's pictureDavid Viney

La Calade des Fadas Obstacle Race - Fayence

Updated: Jun 26

Imagine "It's A Knockout" / "Jeux Sans Frontieres" (if you are old enough to remember that) combined with a fun run and Holi Fest. Not easy I know. But that is the joy that is the Calade des Fadas Obstacle Race in Fayence.


Participants in the Calade des Fadas © Organisers
Participants in the Calade des Fadas © Organisers

The summer evening walk/race starts at the Clock Tower in the Place du Château of Fayence and finishes in the swimming pool car park. Suitable for old and young alike, many participate in fancy dress; either individually or as part of a team.


As you make your way through the streets of this beautiful hilltop village, you have to overcome various obstacles, challenges and coloured powder on a total route of 1.5km. Yes you end up looking a bit mental by the end, but it's all great fun and the pictures will lighten up your Instagram.


The 3rd Edition of La Calade des Fadas - 2024


This year, the event will be held on Friday 26th July. The entry price is €7 for each adult, €3 for a child, and kids under 7 go free. The Check-in and registration is at 6:30 p.m (in Place du Château), and the race (of you can call it that) kicks-off at 7 p.m. You can register to participate on the heloasso site, or by calling 04 94 84 20 40.


Official 2024 Poster of La Calade des Fadas
Official 2024 Poster of La Calade des Fadas

Video Teaser


No videos of the fun run itself, sadly. But this nice little video gives you an overview of Fayence itself and why it is one of the most beautiful hilltop villages to visit in Provence:




How to Get there


  • By train/taxi: Take a train on the super-fast TGV route to Saint-Raphaël Valescure station, then catch a local taxi for the 35km drive up to Fayence.     

  • By car: Leave the A8 (Nice – Aix en Provence) autoroute at exit 39 (direction "Fayence /Les Adrets de l 'Estérel") and drive a delightful route around the Lake of Saint-Cassien on the D37 into the Valley of Fayence. Follow signs from there on the D562, D19, D563 to the centre of the village.

  • By bus: Whilst car is probably your best bet, you can reach Fayence by bus with some effort. The village is served by the ZOU regional network; and timetables are available at their website: https://zou.maregionsud.fr/ 


Resources


  • Facebook page of the organisers; Espace de vie Sociale La Calade

  • The Pays de Fayence tourism website 

Accommodation

With stunning panoramic views, private pool, super-fast broadband and modern air-conditioning, Haute Vue is a luxury holiday home in Montauroux; just a short drive from the race venue. Sleeping 10/12 in 5/6 bedrooms, it is the perfect central base for a holiday in the South of France; close to the beautiful perched villages of Provence and in easy reach of the beaches and sights of the sparkling Côte d'Azur.

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