A unique coastline and countryside unlike no other
The Var department takes its name from a river that is not part of its territory, but which was formerly its eastern boundary. The second most touristic department of France after Paris, the Var covers nearly 6,000 km ² and a population of just over one million inhabitants. The variety of its landscapes, the Gorges du Verdon in the Massif de l'Esterel, the beaches of St Tropez to the bayside towns of Port-Grimaud, not to mention its beautiful backcountry composed of green hills and many famous vineyards, is one of the most enchanting places in France .
With over 432 km of coastline, Fréjus to Bandol passing through Giens with its beautiful protected areas such as the Porquerolles Islands or the Hyères Islands, the Var is the ideal place to relax and enjoy its sandy beaches, its beautiful scenery and the seabeds of its quality bathing facilities. The department also has a rich natural heritage, varied (scrub, woodlands , lakes, scrubland, islands, mountains, etc.) and protected . It is thus the second most wooded region in France. The National Park of Port-Cros, the Natural Park of Verdon, the Maison de la Nature des 4 Freres, and the aquarium -museum of the oceanic institute are all essential areas during a stay in the Var.
To fully explore the different facets of this exceptional environment, many activities are offered such as climbing courses, gliding, ULM , caving, via ferrata or even horseback riding, walking or cycling on the 192 km of marked trails along creeks, coves, beaches and pine forests of the Var.
The gentle art of living in the Var comes from its Mediterranean climate and its sunshine about 300 days a year. The temperature of the water is very nice most of the year. Many activities are well popular such as snorkeling, catamaran sailing, kite surfing, stand up paddle, sea kayaking or snorkeling. Wineries and vineyards of Bandol, animal and water parks, perched villages of Fayence, karting, visiting the island of Porquerolles, Le Levant and Port- Cros, paintballs, circus schools, Gorges du Verdon, Thoronet Abbey, hiking in the Esterel or the lake of Sainte-Croix, the activities are suitable in all seasons and for all ages, couples as well as families.
Economically, the Var has a strong focus on regional tourism, but there is also an industrial center near Toulon and a business center (finance, asset management ) near St- Raphael. Agriculture (wine, fruits, vegetables, flowers, honey and olive oil ) are also very present, as the aerospace industry and port activities, with the port of Toulon, the 4th European port. Finally, the Var is the 3rd French region for foreign investment, and in all economic sectors of the department. Particularly struck by renewable energy, including photovoltaics with the pilot site of Cotignac. Of course, there is a real important part for this beautiful area that offers luxury waterfront properties, renowned hotels as well as luxury apartments and villas nestled in the countryside. Secondary and vacation residences also represent more than 10 % of the total housing.
Many events signify life in the Var. They Include the festival of cartoon Solliès city, the Medieval Brignoles, piano festival of Saint- Tropez, Neoules world music or the Ramatuelle theater festival.
The department is also a cultural space where traditions perpetuate. Thus the art of silverware, carpentry, metalwork, ceramics or mosaic are transmitted from generation to generation. Each city also has its specialization such as woodturning Aiguines, reeds Ollioules, the Varages earthenware and Salerno ceramics.
Traditional festivals with Provencal costumes, AIOLIS giants, but also petanque competitions are held regularly.
And to satisfy your thirst for culture, the Var has more than 80 museums, numerous monuments and thirty parks and gardens. To note as well, the Maison du Chocolat, the Mediterranean gardens and fishing villages .
The Var has 4 cities with over 50,000 inhabitants : Toulon, La Seyne -sur -Mer, Hyères and Fréjus and seven others with 30 000 inhabitants such as Draguignan and Six-Fours-les-Plages. However, the department also includes a number of charming small towns. We will focus particularly on Saint- Tropez, Ramatuelle, Grimaud and Sainte- Maxime .
Saint- Tropez is strong with its 17 sites classified or listed as historic monuments. The most common properties are built on large plots, which gives them a natural preserved look. With its six beaches, a fishing village and its buildings with orange and ocher façades that reflect in the water of the harbor, St. Tropez is full of attractions. Also to be noted, the marine cemetary located below the citadel where the graves of old sailing families and celebrities can be found such as the painter Auguste Pégurier and editor and music producer Eddie Barclay French, etc.
The city is also popular for its famous museum of the Annunciation, for its authentic and picturesque alleys, wineries and Provencal market. It is a must for celebrities and the European elite that takes full advantage of its nightclubs and festivals ( Nuits du Château Tour Tennis Classic, International Polo Cup, among others).
Ramatuelle, on the other hand, is a community abound with wooded areas and vineyards, and open agricultural plains that meet the sea, which inspired many writers, painters and poets. Taking the shape of a snail, from the heart of a medieval village, its porches, passages, flowery streets and ancient cellars fills it with authenticity. The hundred year old olive tree, the Chapel St. Anne 's, the Notre Dame church, the Saracen doport and the ancient prisons are essential elements of the city.
The town of Grimaud, nestled on the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, is divided into a medieval village and lakeside city created by the architect François Spoerry : Port Grimaud. The heliport Saint- Tropez is also within it. Flowers and cobbled streets, perched village and the ruins of its castle delights passersby. Thousands of visitors also enjoy strolling along the canals of Port Grimaud.
Sainte- Maxime is a city by the sea , crossed by the Préconil, a small coastal river. It carries the name " Classified Tourism Station " for its strong policy of quality tourism and strong appeal. Sainte- Maxime is indeed a very lively city all year ( Eurofestival Harley Davidson Rally of Var, Corso mimosa Championship Jet -ski , etc.) . Its square tower which now houses the museum of Sainte Maxime is a classified monument of France .
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