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Whether you’re by the sea or further inland, enjoy the summer no-holds-barred, with the sun at its peak, the heat, the cicadas, the smell of pine and the heath… Enjoy whizzing across the water and gliding through the air – taking the time to live, appreciate and ENJOY!

To the sea!

The Var is an unmissable seaside destination, renowned for the outstanding quality and beauty of its beaches and sea beds.

Explore the most beautiful spots on the coastline: the 5 inhabited islands (including Embiez and Bendor, which are more private), authentic beaches and coves, as well as the Giens peninsula and the red rocks of Esterel.

Paddle-boarding, kayaking, flyboarding, donutting, and even pedalos…our wide range of activities means everyone can enjoy the sea as they please. Summer is also the ideal time to try scuba-diving for the first time, to explore the magnificent sea beds in the shallows.

And of course, don’t forget about the beach! Enormous fine sandy beaches, coves or inlets, you will definitely find a beach for you amongst the 230 in the Var! You can enjoy the beach at any time of day, from early in the morning, during the day, or in the evening.

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©Robert Palomba / Office de Tourisme de Six Fours
Cabin in the Bandol vineyards©Var Tourisme / LCI

Wine-tourism and trying local produce

In the heart of Provence, the vineyards of the Var are some of the oldest in France. Today, Côtes de Provence, Bandol and Côteaux Varois are enjoyed across the world. Come and try these sun-soaked wines, whilst visiting the estates and their wonderful vineyards. Beyond simple wine-tasting, discover a world and a unique atmosphere, with concerts, vineyard walks, pop-up bars, guestrooms and wine-based activities all on offer for wine lovers!

Typical of Provence, the Var also produces excellent appellation olive oils and honey.

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Parks and leisure activities

There are many activities available for you to have fun with your family or friends, including zoos, aquariums, treetop adventure courses and paintballing.

Meet the animals, zoom down giant slides, land in a pool, yomp through the trees, go paintballing in the middle of the forest: move, jump, tire yourself out, or simply just have fun.

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Olbius Riquier Park in Hyères©Var Tourisme / David Latour
©Var Tourisme / David Latour

Museums…to stay cool!

Learn, discover, take an interest… and cool down. it might not be the main aim of a museum, but it’s a convincing argument, it must be said. The Var is overflowing with museums, both traditional and quirky. Here are our favourites:

  • La Citadelle, museum of maritime history: in the glorious setting of La Citadelle, overlooking the port and village of Saint Tropez
  • Gendarmerie and Cinema Museum in Saint Tropez, in THE famous police station of De Funès, Galabru and others.
  • National Navy Museum in Toulon, which tells the military history of the port of Toulon, up to becoming the biggest naval base in the Mediterranean basin.
  • Terra Rossa, the house of ceramic architecture in Salernes, a village renowned for its tiles. Get your fill of colours!
  • Museum of the ‘Gueules Rouges’ in Tourves, a lovely museum about the local bauxite mining industry, the ore that is refined into aluminium, whose red dust covered the miners’ faces.

Explore  these museums

Festivals and events

Summer is full of events for all ages! Village fêtes, votive fêtes, huge sporting events, open-air concerts, bouillabaisses, fishing festivals…and many more. Here are the main events this summer:

©Var Tourisme / Olivier Simon
End of June
  • Formula 1 French Grand Prix in Castellet
  • Toulon local Music Festival
  • Traditional Music Festival in Callas
  • Les Nuits Auréliennes à Fréjus
  • Les Médiévales in Hyères
  • Jazz Festivals in Porquerolles (Hyères), La Londe-les-Maures, La Seyne-Sur-Mer, Les Issambres (Roquebrune-sur-Argens), Saint-Raphaël, Toulon, Le Verdon (Aiguines, Tourtour etc.),
  • Design Parade in Hyères and Toulon
  • Music evenings in the La Celle Abbey
  • Saint-Eloi in Beausset
  • Medieval Music Festival in Thoronet
  • Les Médiévales (every odd year) in Arcs-Sur-Argens
  • Saffron Festival in Sillans-la-Cascade
  • Fishing Festival in Toulon
July - August
  • In Situ Theatre Festival in Carqueiranne
  • ‘Les Grimaldines’ in Grimaud
  • Romantic music evenings in Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer
  • Art and Wine in local vineyards
  • ‘Piano dans le Ciel’ Festival in Tourtour
  • Jazz Festival in Brignoles and Ramatuelle
  • Les Médiévales in Brignoles
  • Journées Templières in Comps-sur-Artuby
  • Organic and Natural Festival in Correns
  • Chamber Music Festival in Entrecasteaux
  • Antiques Fair in Fayence
  • ‘Festival de Ramatuelle’ in Ramatuelle
  • Windmill Festival in Régusse
  • Traditional Harvest Festival in Saint-Julien-le-Montagnier
  • Feast Day of St Peter in Saint-Raphaël
  • Nights at the Château de la Moutte in Saint-Tropez
  • Fig Festival in Solliès-Pont
  • Comic book festival in Solliès-Ville
  • Caval’air Jazz Festival in Cavalaire-sur-Mer
  • Potato Festival in La Roque-Esclapon
  • Le Bol D’or in Castellet
  • Sausage Fair in Le Val
  • Comic Book Festival in Roquebrune-Sur-Argens
  • Maritime Film Festival in Toulon
  • Var Diving Festival (Bormes, Carqueiranne, Cavalaire, Hyères, Le Lavandou, Saint-Cyr, Saint-Mandrier, Saint-Tropez and other villages)