On holiday in the Var

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The must see places in the Côte d'Azur

The Var department is located in the south of France on the Mediterranean Sea. It is located in the Povence and a very popular holiday destination. The Var has beautiful beaches with azure blue water. But there is also a lot to see in nature. Discover the Gorges du Verdon gorge or go hiking in one of the beautiful natural areas of this department. If you want to soak up a bit of culture, you can visit one of the many cities, such as Saint Tropez, Toulon or Fréjus. Or visit one of the monasteries in the department. In short, plenty to discover. View the 10 most beautiful sights in the Var here!

Of course the top 10 is a bit personal :)

Nr 1 Saint Tropez

You can't miss, everyone has to go to Saint Tropez, who knows who you will bump into here. Apart from all the celebrities who come here, it is always great to take the ferry from Saint Maxime and watch the boats in the harbor and the cars driving around all day, not to mention about the people who walk around.
Whether they are all movie stars .........

Nr 2 Gorges du Verdon

A gigantic gorge with a length of 25 kilometers and rock walls of up to 700 meters high. No wonder this canyon is often referred to as the European Grand Canyon. The crystal clear water, the steep walls and the diverse vegetation make the area an ideal destination for hiking boots and nature lovers. The Gorges du Verdon ends in the lac de Sainte-Croix. At this lake there are several possibilities to rent canoes, kayaks, pedal boats and motor boats with which you can sail through the gorge.

Nr 3 Massif de l’Esterel

Massif de l'Esterel is located in the southeast of France. the area covers an area of about 320 square kilometers and is about 250 million years old. The nature reserve consists of a diverse vegetation ranging from deciduous trees to coniferous trees and bare, reddish rock formations. It is a beautiful area for hiking enthusiasts. Several hiking trails have been mapped out in the area.

Nr 4 Fréjus

Fréjus is a well-known city in the department and is rich in historical buildings and ruins. The city, with about 55,000 inhabitants, has been a well-known seaside resort for centuries. The city used to be a Roman military base. This is reflected in various sights, such as the Arena, the Aqueduct, the Roman Amphitheater and the archaeological museum. The marina of Fréjus is also well worth a visit. In the harbor you can admire luxury yachts or rent a boat yourself and go out on the water. 

Nr 5 Toulon

Toulon is the capital of the Var department and is a former fishing village. It also has one of the most important military ports in France.
The city has a beautiful classic center with many beautiful monuments, just like many cities in the area it is centuries old and although the city was heavily bombed during the Second World War, it still managed to keep the charm of the old.

Nr 6 Îles d’Hyères

At the Giens peninsula in Var, the Mediterranean Sea reveals some real gems: the Iles d'Hyères archipelago. This archipelago consists of 3 main islands, Porquerolles, Port-Cros and Le Levant, with smaller islets and rocks, which have been given the charming nickname "Golden Islands" (îles d'Or). With the pure turquoise water, just as beautiful as the island itself, this is a true paradise!

Nr 7 Grimaud

One of the smaller villages in the department is Grimaud. When you visit the village it seems as if time has stood still. The fortified city occupied a strategic position for centuries. The village is rich in old buildings and narrow streets. Visit the ruins of the castle from the 11th century. From this castle you also have a beautiful view over the Gulf of Saint Tropez. The harbor and seaside resort of the city is called Port Grimaud. Discover this beautiful town and enjoy the tranquility that the town radiates.

Nr 8 Abdij van Le Thoronet

The abbey was founded in 1146 by monks from the area of Tourtour. Because of the many donations, there was soon enough money to start building the abbey. Construction of the abbey started in 1160. Twenty years later, in 1180, construction was completed and the abbey was put into use. Today, the abbey of le Thoronet is open to the general public for a fee. A visit to this impressive abbey is highly recommended!

Nr 9 Massif de Maures

The Massif des Maures is located along the coast, between Hyères and Fréjus (and hameau des Claudins is right in the middle :)). It is 60 km long, 30 km wide and the highest peaks go up to 750 meters. The vegetation is typically Mediterranean with cortex oak, chestnut, pine, mimosa and Garrique. Due to the drought, especially in summer and autumn, there is a great danger of forest fires, which means that the Massif makes the news every year. The large green water tanks, which you will find all over the area, will probably provide an initial supply of extinguishing water.

Nr 10 Domaine du Rayol

Domaine du Rayol is located at the foot of the Massif des Maures. The garden was designed by landscape architect Gilles Clément and covers some 20 hectares. The nature reserve has various types of trees and plants from different areas. From the garden you also have a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean sea. Various activities are organized in the garden for young and old, such as guided tours, workshops and themed walks. 

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