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Vous êtes sportif ou sportive de bon niveau, vous avez envie de pleine nature et d’émotions intenses, venez faire un week-end multi activités dans le Var. Au programme de nombreuses possibilités pour découvrir des paysages époustouflants : escalade, via cordata, VTT, randonnées…

Into the wilderness!

A few months ago, I discovered the joy of climbing, and I got really into it – it’s a real passion of mine! I am also a longstanding mountain bike enthusiast, so am now on the lookout for the best places to practise my favourite sports and I carefully select secluded spots in the wilderness… Secretly motivated by the sweet nostalgia of lovely years spent in the Var, and completely swept along by enthusiasm for my new activity, this latest springtime getaway met all of my expectations.

Les gorges du Blavet - Bagnols en Forêt©Var Tourisme / Nico Gomez
Escalade au Dramont©Var Tourisme / Nico Gomez

Climbing the Dramont

Memories, memories… I have fond memories of the Estérel mountains, a real land of plenty for all sport and nature lovers. I found beautiful countryside and a riot of colours: the ochre of the volcanic rocks, the blues of the ocean and the sky, and the typically Mediterranean greens. Coming back to this area to climb the Dramont was a real highlight that combined challenge and emotion.

Opposite the sea

To make the most of my holiday, I landed in Toulon-Hyères airport and hired a car to Saint-Raphaël. The contractor with whom I’d booked my climbing trips had suggested a charming hotel opposite the sea. There, I found my group of fellow climbing addicts, and we spent many a happy evening together. I’m sure we’ll be seeing each other on other climbing routes soon…

Via cordata au Dramont©Nico Gomez
VTT dans l'Esterel©Nico Gomez

Mountain biking in the Estérel mountains

Some of the group were also mountain bike fans, so we hired some bikes and planned a ride through the mountains together. They strongly approved of this different approach to nature, these breath-taking panoramas and, not to blow my own trumpet, the services of their guide, since I was the only one who actually knew the area a bit…
It was the ideal sporty weekend in April, full of friendship, thrills and nature.