Do you want fresh air, to move, to be amazed?
Open your eyes wide and breathe deeply – you are in the Var.
Whether you’re with your partner, with your family or amongst friends, welcome to this land of blue, green and gold.
A land of contrasts
The dizzying Verdon gorges, oak and pine forests, lakes and rivers, wine growing regions, coastal paths… the Var is a massive playground where everyone can find an outdoor activity that suits them and go at their own pace. With 300 days of sunshine per year, in the Var you can get outside all year round!
The Var enjoys immense geological diversity, which gives it a wide variety of landscapes and different aspects, with stunning views.
A special environment
Discover an incredibly diverse flora and fauna and unspoiled countryside. For several decades, local people have been kind enough to preserve the identity of this region and share it with visitors, protecting both nature and the countryside, but also the cultural heritage, human values etc.
Port-Cros National Park: this national park covers the islands of Port-Cros and Porquerolles and the surrounding water (the Park even includes a part of the mainland coast). Explore an exceptional natural environment, a marine and bird reserve. Hiking trails, guided tours and activities available.
Vardon Regional Natural Park: on horse-back across the Haute Provence Alps and the Var, the Park area covers 46 villages. It contains two gems: the Lake of Sainte-Croix and the spectacular Verdon gorges.
Coastal Protection: protects around 20 sites on the coast of the Var, as well locations as further inland, up to the Verdon gorges, including the Giens peninsula, the Hyères salt marshes, the Villepey Lakes and many more.
Fragile Natural Areas: located on the coastline, wetlands or forests, these are outstanding sites of natural diversity, acquired for conservation purposes by the department. These sites, such as the Sourn Valley or the Carmes Valley, Siou-Blanc and Saint-Barthélémy at Salernes, are a pleasure to walk through.
Rivers and lakes
To the north are the fabulous Verdon gorges, the Lake of Sainte-Croix and the low gorges, with turquoise water and grandiose landscapes in an exceptional, unspoiled landscape. Discover the area by canoe, pedalo, motor boat or guided boat trip.
In the centre of the department, the Argens runs from west to east before plunging into the sea at Fréjus. The 114km of river pass through completely different landscapes: the green Sourn Valley, the rapids at Arcs-sur-Argens and the red rocks at Roquebrune-sur-Argens, before opening into the sea at Fréjus…
To the east, the Lake of Saint-Cassien in the Pays de Fayence is paradise for swimmers and fishers. The trees that go right up to the water’s edge give this place a wild appearance, which is particularly appreciated by migratory birds.
The department also includes numerous small lakes, rivers and streams, which are often refuges for birds and wildlife, such as the Lake of Escarcets in the middle of the Maures plain, a National Nature Reserve.
Beware, from June to September, access to the forest-covered massifs is controlled by prefectoral decree. A map of fire risk areas is published every day (day before at 7pm) online. Please check before setting off on your trip!
There are a thousand and one ways to explore the Var on foot: the Maures Massif, Estérel Massif, Verdon Regional Natural Park… Whether you prefer sporty excursions or family outings, come and explore the Var’s paths to discover its cultural and natural heritage: 800km of long-distance hiking trails, hundreds of kilometres of paths for shorter walks, and over 200km of Coastal Path….you won’t stop walking!
Throughout the year, the nature in the Var reserves an unexpected sight, a subtle perfume or an unforgettable emotion for each visitor: pine trees, oaks, mimosa, red earth and vineyards.
Accompanied by a specialist guide, discover (or rediscover!) the natural landscapes of the Var in a new light. Different types of walks, with different themes, are organised so you can make the most of the diversity of the landscape.
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