The Var

With ever-changing landscapes from the mountains to the sea, the Var is one of the most tourist and wooded departments of France with an annual sunshine of 3000 hours.
The Upper Var where one can enjoy hot summers without heatwaves, the calm, the authenticity of the old hilltop villages, the hills and vast forests with truffles, mushrooms, wild boar and deer extends from Montauroux to the East to Artigues in the West. The wilderness is the strong point of its tourism, totally different from that of the coast, fishing in streams and rivers, rafting, canyoning, paragliding, climbing and hiking in the spectacular Gorges du Verdon. The Inland Var is inner Provence, from Les Adrets de l’Esterel in the East to Castellet through to Draguignan, Brignoles and Saint Maximin, with its hills and valleys, its agriculture (fruits, vegetables, honey, olive oil ..), its fragrant scrubland and pine forests and 37,000 hectares of vineyards of prestigious wines. The Centre Var stretches from the Sainte Baume range in the West to the Esterel in the East, through the Maures plain with the Thoronet Abbey, the Basilica of Saint-Maximin ... It is the link between the coast and the Upper Var, the rich heritage (churches, chapels, castles, bell towers) visits to grottos, the beauty of its parasol pine forests and the red rocks of the Maures and the Esterel, or the freshness of the Argens valley. The Coastal Var boasts the most beautiful sandy beaches of the area, a protected environment with the Iles d'Or, the most famous beach resorts of St Tropez, St Raphael, Ste Maxime, Cavalaire, Bandol, Le Lavandou ... charming Port Grimaud, Cogolin, as well as 200 km of hiking trails, with a breathtaking panorama of the Mediterranean.

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