The Var department is full of real gems to discover. Our favourites will give you an overview of the best places to visit.
Les Gorges du Verdon
For those who love thrills and beautiful landscapes! The grand canyon forms a gigantic gorge that looks like it was sculpted by the gods. Ideal for canyoning, rafting, canoeing or kayaking, it is a unique site in France.
La Chartreuse de la Verne in Collobrières
Collobrières, capital of the Maures, is a small village surrounded by vineyards and chestnut trees. Numerous paths and hiking trails pass through it or begin there. Not to be missed: The Chestnut festival which takes place in October every year. You can also visit the Chartreuse de la Verne which is classified as a historical monument as “vestiges in the forest”. It is religious jewel whose history emphasizes its beauty.
Le Fort de Brégançon in Bormes les Mimosas
State residence used as an official resort for the President of the French Republic, is since 2013 open to the public. The fort, which until 2018 was managed by the Center for National Monuments, is under the direct management of the Élysée, but remains open to the public in the absence of the presidential couple. During your visit you can discover the presidential office.
Porquerolles & Port-Cros
The island of Porquerolle is a magical place just a few minutes by boat from the peninsula of Giens. Discover the diversity of the island: in the south a steep coastline dotted with creeks, in the north a tropical atmosphere with fine sandy beaches and turquoise waters and in the center, cultivated fields where the plant collections of the botanical conservatory are located.
Port-Cros, more wild and preserved, is the heart of one of the first National Parks of France. No tarmac, bikes or cars, only the forest and the crystal clear sea. In the summer, shuttles from La Croix Valmer and Cavalaire allow you to discover these two islands.
La rade de Toulon & le Mont Faron
Mont Faron, accessible by cable car, has an important reserve of endangered natural species, in particular felines. Many historical vestiges related to the defense of the city are also present as well as a memorial commemorating the D-Day landings in Provence. From the top of the hill you will have an impressive view of Toulon and its harbor, which today houses both the civilian and military ports.