The Fort Freinet, fortified village of the Middle Ages (12th- end of 16th Centuries), is situated on a steep hill dominating the present village of La Garde-Freinet. The fort is registered as a natural exceptional site.
The panoramic view from this site is unique : from the Pre-Alps to the Mediterranean sea, crossing the wooded hills of the Maures Mountains.
The strategical situation of the fort, controlling the access of the plain of Vidauban at one side and towards the Gulf of Saint Tropez at the other, has made it an exceptional sentry.
The vestiges of this fortified village of the Middle Ages counting a thirty dwellings were discovered during archeological diggings that lasted several years.
To get there the path (in some places in the form of stone steps hewn into the rock) winds up the cliff (schist). The dwellings are laid out on different levels and are protected by an 8-10 m deep moat.