Numerous paths allow you to discover the richness and diversity of the Var’s landscapes, from the Mediterranean to the Verdon, or Sainte-Baume to the Estérel. Short or long, on the coast or further inland, the Way of St James… there is no shortage of trails, meaning you can enjoy nature’s delights and the mild climate all year round.
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.
The coastal path
Much of the Var coastline, islands and mainland is accessible along the coastal path.
Following the water, you will discover pristine countryside and enjoy stunning views, breathe in the salty sea air and fresh pine trees!
Although the towns and villages work hard to keep the path in good condition, some parts get destroyed by winter storms. Before setting off on the trail of former boarder control guards, check beforehand with the Tourist Office that the path is open and accessible.
The Way of St James
The Var route, 138km long, follows the former Roman road – the Via Aurelia – and crosses the major massifs in the Var: L’Estérel, les Maures and La Sainte-Baume.
Whether you are a pilgrim or simply a hiker, note that the Var stages of the Way of St James are not very well-known, but are no less beautiful for it! Along this path, you will be surprised at every turn:
- Follow 2000 years of history, and discover an exceptional architectural heritage
- Fréjus, Thoronet Abbey and Saint-Maximin – the 3rd most important Christian tomb
- You will be amazed by these splendid landscapes
The GR®653A, which runs from Menton to Arles, crossing the Var, is an official pat of the Way of St James in France, various sections of which are UNESCO World Heritage. It also includes a part of the E12 European ‘Mediterranean Arch’ route, which runs through Italy, France, Spain and Morocco along the Mediterranean coast.
Var Hiking Week
For the last 15 years at the end of September/beginning of October, the Var organises free and guided walks and outings. Ramblers and seasoned hikers alike can explore the Var’s natural heritage. Through the mountains or along the 200km of coastline, walk between fine sand and dizzying cliffs.