Choosing to do tourism in the Var means opting for a region with exceptional conditions. Located in the south of France, the var is one of the 6 departments of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. The var is framed to the west by the Bouches-du-Rhône and to the east by the department of the Maritime Alps. Located on the shores of the Mediterranean, the Var is a popular destination for holidaymakers dreaming of the sea, beach and lazing. But the Var is not just the beach! This department is a real gem, a master canvas composed of the sea, the mountains and the forest. Choosing the Var for the holidays is therefore to be seduced by a multitude of possibilities. Whether you want to wander around to the sound of cicadas in the summer or enjoy the beauties of the department, there will always be something to do, to see. During your stay in the Var you can also visit the other departments of the region. Due to its geographical location, the Var department is a real asset for those who want to be close to Marseille, Nice. The cities of Manosque and Arles are also so famous, are also nearby for travelers looking for beautiful discoveries.
The var department is to be discovered for those who appreciate the sweetness of life. The beauty of the landscape is matched only by the world-renowned gastronomy. The climate of the Var is mild, warm in summer and pleasant in winter for the southerner cities. Backcountry villages have beautiful mountain views and popular hiking trails. On the climate side, it will generally be cooler than at the seaside. If you visit the "north" of the Var in low season you may be able to discover the landscape under a thin layer of snow (January, February and March). A winter and idyllic landscape that rarely reveals itself, but delights visitors. During your stay, in summer or winter, there will always be something to see in the Var, such as:
The Var is a department where nature is preserved. Choose to discover marine life in the waves or prefer the forest, its fauna and flora. There's something for everyone!
From the village of Castellane to Sainte Croix, the Verdon criss-crosses between rocks and plants. The soul of an adventurer? Travel tens of kilometres in a kayak and observe the landscape from the water. Climbing and canyoning fans will also find happiness for a sports day in this dream setting.
If you enjoy the beautiful hikes, then the Dramont semaphore is the ideal activity. You can walk the marked trails surrounded by red rocks and admire the local plant species. The best surprise: the panorama on the big blue is exceptional. Arriving at the top of the semaphore you will have a stunning view of the Esterel on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other. In addition, you can see the Isle of Gold, which would have inspired some of the adventures told by a famous Belgian comic book author.
Hiking enthusiasts on holiday in the Var will be enchanted by the trails of the Massif de la Sainte-Baume. This land of legend in the middle of the vegetation is also accessible to people with reduced mobility. Indeed, a trail has been planned specifically for people with disabilities. If you are in this case, you can enjoy the pleasures of a beautiful walk in nature.
The remains of this dam bear witness to the scale of the disaster. In 1959 it was broken as a result of severe weather. The wave that swept through devastated the surrounding area. While it is good to remember this page of local history, it is also interesting to take the opportunity to discover this part of the Esterel. The curious will enjoy this educational walk near Frejus in the Var.
Discover Sillans and its waterfall during a pleasant stop on a beautiful sunny day. It is possible to make a short hike near the waterfall. This one is about forty meters high. Around Sillans, you can also discover villages like Fox-Amphoux or Cotignac and their pretty alleys.
Discover the chartreuse de la Verne in Collobrières in the Var. Framed by the Moorish forest, this ancient building can be visited after a short walk. It's perfect for lovers of nature and old stones. The chartreuse has been restored several times, but the soul of this charming building is intact. The sweet beaks will make a gourmet stop, in fact Collobrières is famous for its glazed chestnuts, a real delight. It is a perfect discovery between architecture, history, nature and gluttony.
For a visit that will delight adults and children alike, opt for the caves of Villecroze. Indeed, you can discover ancient habitats of caves. These caves are striking.
The Var is as exciting for its natural sites as its historic buildings. In order to prepare for your stay in the Var, we have spotted the must-see places.
Opt for Barjols, this charming village is known as the village of fountains! There are no less than 38 to allow you to stroll and cool off. This is a walk not to be missed during a stay in the Var on hot summer days. Lovers of old stones will be captivated by the architecture of this magnificent village.
If you are a fan of Louis de Funès, then you should definitely visit the museum dedicated to this monument of French cinema. Located in Saint-Raphael, this museum offers an exciting retrospective on the artist's life and career.
A few steps from the museum, discover the homes of the good old days thanks to the marked tour and guide available at the city's tourist office. Educational tables are set up all over the city to inform about these buildings that have experienced the visits of illustrious figures. The architecture of these houses is a pleasure for the eyes.
The citadel of Saint-Tropez seems to be little known nationally, yet it is an important monument in regional history. The Citadel Museum will allow you to discover many anecdotes about the building, its history and the characters who have evolved there. The dungeon, classified as a historic monument, is also a must when you want to visit the Var.
In the var, you can also choose to go to sea to admire the islands. Indeed, the Mediterranean coastline is dotted with islands and islets. Visit these gems just a few steps from the coast and let yourself be won over by island life. Some will be more lively in the summer than in the off-season, so it's up to you to choose the time you think is best to visit. Among these different islands, here are the most pleasant:
Near Toulon in the Var, take the cable car from the bottom of Mount Faron. This one offers a very interesting view of the city of Toulon, Var Prefecture. In addition, thanks to this original means of transport you will be able to go to several places that are interesting to visit. You can meet the residents of the Zoo, which specializes in big cats. Shiver when you hear the Roaring Lion or explore the scenic trails. This is an original outing and for the whole family not to be missed when sightseeing in the Var.
This Cistercian abbey has been listed as a Historic Monument since 1840. The building is open for visitors from April 1 to September 30. The purchase of a paired ticket can be used to visit the cloister of St. Leonce's Cathedral in Frejus.
The Var is a good department to live all year round. Visitors love tourism in the var, they also like the activities that it is possible to perform. Lovers of art, sport, nature or history, you will find the ideal activities to do during your stay.
The Var is the perfect place to organize a hike. Whether it's by the sea or more inland, there are many trails that allow you to exercise while visiting the department. Some ideas of hikes in the Var, achievable in a day or a few hours for the most sporty:
Short walks (a few minutes, a few hours):
Have you thought of diving as an activity to do in tourism in the Var? The seabed of the department is rich in diversity! Many diving schools are located along the coast and you'll be spoilt for choice for:
Introduce yourself to all kinds of water sports during your stay in the Var. Whether on a freshwater or at sea, you can try different experiments. It is possible to rent equipment for sports or for a mini cruise:
Discover the surroundings in a different way by riding from the back of a horse. Whether it's a walk in the vineyards, on the beaches or in the forest, many clubs in the region offer this type of outing. Accompanied by a guide, you will explore trails with the help of your faithful destrier. Some organizations that offer this activity:
The department is also known for its excellent wines. Tourism in the var is therefore also to visit farms and take part in wine courses. The department has several hundred wineries. Here are a few you might want to visit:
Many festivals and fairs take place in the var every year. Foodies, fans of art and nature will find the festival that suits their tastes. Here are some of the best places to entertain yourself during your stay:
The Var department is known for its regional specialties. You will feast on the good vegetables of the sun, olive oil and the famous rosé. Here is our selection of addresses. Some addresses are among the best tables in France and you should think about booking.
We have selected restaurants that are accessible to all budgets and offer delicious recipes:
The Var has many assets that chain thousands of visitors every year. Rich in heritage and gastronomy, the var is the perfect place for a holiday. Come with family or friends and enjoy the activities offered in the surrounding area. For a holiday at the top, opt for camping. The South East Holidays campsites offer accommodation solutions in different cities of the var. Preferring one of our campsites for the holidays is choosing comfort and friendliness. Discover our different locations now and prepare for your stay.