Brignoles is a large market town and serves well as a central base from which to explore Provence. The town's history is as an aluminum and bauxite mining center, but more recently has moved towards agriculture, particularly wine-making and olive farming, as well as some light industry. It is known in the region for its excellent olives and olive oil, honey and peaches. The annual wine fair, which takes place in the first half of April, is a popular event (

Relax at the pleasant Place Caramy in the city center and drink or eat in one of its many outdoor cafes and restaurants. Take a walk in the old medieval town, which is a short distance from the center and dates from the Middle Ages, all the way back to the 18th century. The 13th-century Chateau des Comptes de Provence also houses a regional museum that is worth visiting, Musee du Pays Brignolais (phone 4-9469-4518; The tourist office is located at Place des Augustins. Phone 4-9469-0178.

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