The Citadel's low walls

07 au 27 Sep 2024

Place : Saint-Tropez (Var)

Participants: Adults

Workcamp description:

Saint-Tropez's pre-Vauban citadel, whose keep and walls are classified as Historic Monuments, is a haven of peace overlooking the town and its famous bay. For more than 20 years, the commune has entrusted us with the restoration of the Citadel's walls, structures and pathways. This summer, your site will be building a low retaining wall for the keep's glacis, in masonry stone. So, stone and lime mortar will be the order of the day, with a breathtaking view of the sea before you dive in!

Workcamp programme:

  • Dismantling the remains of the wall
  • Manual earthworks
  • Construction of 30 linear meters of low wall

Building technique: Traditional lime mortar masonry

Special bonus: The workcamp takes place in September, so you’ll still have the summer sun but none of the crowds that mob the Côte d’Azur in July and August.

Event during the workcamp : The European Heritage Days are the must-see event for history and architecture lovers!

Accommodation: In campsite chalets, with shared rooms, 20 minutes’ drive from the workcamp.

Workcamp life: Take turns in daily life tasks (preparation of meals, maintenance).
Work on the workcamp 4 days a week.
Free time on a weekday and weekend, choice of visits and activities taken as a group.

Some ideas for excursions: Visits to the seaside resorts of the Côte d’Azur but also into the back country of the Var to see the La Verne Monastery, the Fairy Bridge in Grimaud, La Garde Freinet, walks in the Maures valley, along the coastal path or the discovery of the Hyeres salt flats.

A bit of history:

Saint Tropez is best known for its port, beaches, police and of course, it’s 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.

Conditions of participation

Participation fee: €170

Registration fees: see the website