Gonfaron lies at the foot of the Maures massif, set against the red earth of La Roquette. A small chapel dedicated to St Quinis looks down on the village and across to the higher peaks of the Maures: Notre-Dame des Anges and La Sauvette.
Gonfaron is known as the land where donkeys fly, after a curious legend going back over two centuries. A certain amount of industrial development occurred during the 19th century. This was the golden age for cork, and the manufacture of corks for bottles, with raw materials supplied from the nearby cork forests of the Maures. Do not leave without spending some time at a café terrace on the Place de la Victoire, in the shade of the sycamores; this must be one of the most extensive squares in the Var.