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Let us help you discover the best of the Var during autumn. After the summer heat, the gentle autumn weather means you can make the most of the outdoors, the countryside and the region. It’s the time for chestnuts, walks, diving, family outings, as well as various events!

Chestnuts and the Maures Massif

This is one of the wildest and oldest lands in Provence. Covered in cork oak and chestnut trees, the Maures mountains offer lovely walks and varied countryside. Discover real gems, such as the magnificent Chartreuse de la Verne.

In places, the chestnut trees cover the mountains in stunning shades of orange.

For a long time, chestnut farming has governed the lives of the mountains and their villages.

Collobrières, a ‘Village de Caractère’, is the chestnut capital. Every autumn, the chestnut is proudly celebrated, just as in other villages in the mountains, such as Gonfaron, La Garde-Freinet, Les Mayons and Pignans.

Further information on chestnuts and the chestnut festivals

More information on the Maures and mountains in the Var

Châtaignes de Collobrières©Var Tourisme / JH Walzl
Randonnée familiale aux Salins - Hyères©Var Tourisme / Nicolas Lacroix

Outdoor activities

In the Var, autumn is spent outside, on foot, on horseback, by bike, or even underwater! With sunny days and mild temperatures, you will want to get out and enjoy what nature has to offer. Whether it’s a hiking trail, a mountain bike ride, or even a pony trek, you can get outdoors before winter arrives. For lovers of autumn colours, we recommend walks further inland, through vineyards or in the mountains of Saint-Baume. The Maures Massif also offer stunning colours with their chestnut trees.

Autumn is also the perfect time for scuba-diving. The water temperature is still pleasant, the summer crowds have left, and you will have the sea floor all to yourself! Whether you want to go for a single dive, explore the wrecks, perfect your skills, do a Trimix dive, the possibilities are endless for you to make your dreams come true in the open ocean.

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Amusement and amazement with the family

During the October half-term holiday, or on a week-end, come and relax with your family. To clear your head, simply get a change of scene. What about staying in the hobbit hole of Bilbo Baggins or Frodo, or even in a treehouse, all in the middle of a miniature donkey sanctuary? In a similar (unexpected) vein, become a train driver with Vélorail de la Sainte-Baume for a great moment together.

Fun and educational, The Museum of the ‘Gueules Rouges’ traces the history of the bauxite mines and the lives of the miners. It will delight the whole family, with its replica mine, built by former miners.
Finally, in terms of outdoor activities, the whole family will love the numerous adventure courses in the trees and zoos, educational farms and other exotic gardens.

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Le vélorail de la Sainte Baume©Var Tourisme / Nicolas Lacroix

Festivals and events

Traditional festivals and big sporting events, here is our list of autumn activities:

October

  • Chestnut Festivals in Collobrières, Gonfaron, La Garde-Freinet, Les Mayons, Pignans, and in Toulon, Tanneron, Camps-la-Source (some years only).
  • Olive Festival in Ollioules,
  • Gondwana Autumn Festival in the superb Rayol Estate, Mediterranean Garden in Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer,
  • Transhumance Festival in Vinon-sur-Verdon
  • Le Roc d’Azur in Fréjus, the biggest mountain bike festival in Europe!
  • Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, a regatta for modern and traditional yachts 
  • Var Diving Festival
  • Natureman du Verdon in Salles-sur-Verdon – a breath-taking triathlon.

November

  • International Air Festival in Fréjus, aerial kite displays
  • Rallye du Var

December

Winter is coming, but until the 21st December, it’s technically still autumn!

  • ‘Fête du Millèsime’ in Bandol, to try the new Bandol vintages from the end of the summer (1st December)
  • At the beginning of the December are the traditional Provençal Advent festivals, especially the open-air nativity plays (‘pastorales’) in La Cadière d’Azur.
  • Beginning of the Festival of Light in Saint Raphaël.

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