Var places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Var department of Provence. See also our Var travel guide.

Agay

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Agay is a very small Riviera resort to the south of the Massif d'Esterel

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Aiguines

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Aiguines is a small traditional Provencal village between the Lac de Sainte-Croix and the Gorges du Verdon

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Aups

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This pleasant town is interesting to visit during your stay near the Gorges du Verdon

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Bagnols-en-Foret

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Bagnols-en-Foret is a pleasant town close to the popular Gorges of the Blavet River

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Bandol

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The beach and the harbour, the bustling old town and the vineyards nearby all contribute to making Bandol a very popular destination

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Bargeme

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More than 1000 metres above sea-level, it is no surprise that the views are as much part of the attraction as the historic village in Bargeme

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Barjols

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The most striking characteristic of Barjols is the large number of washhouses, fountains and waterfalls which are found in almost every shady square and corner

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Bauduen

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Bauduen is a pretty village with a beach on the shores of Lac de Sainte-Croix in Provence

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Bormes-les-Mimosas

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The lovely historic centre of Bormes-le-Mimosas overflows with plants and flowers

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Callian

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You might lose all sense of orientation in the winding streets of Callian- keep going uphill and eventually you will reach the castle!

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Cavalaire-sur-Mer

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The focus at family-friendly Cavalaire-sur-Mer is firmly on the beach and related activities

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Draguignan

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Much of the medieval centre of Draguignan is now lost, but the town will be on your list if you want to find a good shopping experience

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Entrecasteaux

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Entrecasteaux is a traditional Provencal town between the Gorges du Verdon and the French Riviera

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Fayence

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Fayence itself is a pleasant, unspoiled small town and well placed to explore the pretty villages of the Pays de Fayence region

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Flayosc

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A stroll to admire the fountains in the quiet historic centre of Flayosc is a perfect contrast to some of the more visited Provencal towns

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Frejus

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Among other historic sites, the town of Frejus has one of the best ancient baptisteries in France

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Gassin

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Gassin, listed as a 'most beautiful village in France' is high on a hill above Saint-Tropez

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Grimaud

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The scenic village of Grimaud is made even more charming by the many gardens and flowers in the village

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Hyeres

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Hyères has an extended historic centre with parks and a castle as well as a charming 19th century quarter in the town

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Iles d'Hyeres

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The Iles de Hyeres, off the Riviera coast, are perhaps the most beautiful coastal islands anywhere in France

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La Croix-Valmer

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It is the wide choice of beaches that attracts most visitors to La Croix-Valmer

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Le Lavandou

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Le Lavandou is a quiet resort on the Cote d'Azur with several beaches close by

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Les-Arcs-sur-Argens

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Les Arcs, with its historical Parage quarter, is a very lovely historical town

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Lorgues

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The town of Lorgues is quite a quiet town, and very typical of Provencal towns in having a historic centre to explore

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Massif de l'Esterel

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The Massif d'Esterel is a substantial region of countryside on the riviera with hiking trails through the red-rock scenery

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Mons

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The elevated position of Mons, at 800 metres altitude, means the views across the Mediterranean stretch an extraordinary distance

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Montauroux

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Most visitors will combine a trip to Montauroux with some time at the leisure Lake of Saint-Cassien nearby

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Port Grimaud

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The port at Port Grimaud, and the colourful houses along the waterfront, is mostly quite new and very beautifully maintained

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Presqu'ile de Giens

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The Presqu'ile de Hyeres is a peninsula with beaches, a nature reserve, pretty coastline and small ports to explore

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Ramatuelle

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A small village just a short distance inland from Saint-Tropez, Ramatuelle can become rather busy - but is also very recommended...

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Roquebrune-sur-Argens

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Roquebrune-sur-Argens combines a traditional Provencal village, a beach resort...and a great chocolate shop!

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Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer

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The beaches such as Les Lecques, the forest and the pleasant town make Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer a popular summer resort

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Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume

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The principal monument here in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume is the Basilica of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

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Saint-Raphael

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The clean and popular resort of Saint-Raphael is one of our favourites along this section of the Riviera

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Saint-Tropez

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As well as its very famous harbour, town centre and beach Saint-Tropez also has a charming medieval village centre to explore

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Sainte-Maxime

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Sainte-Maxime has a small town to explore, but it is as a popular family beach resort that it is better known

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Salernes

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Nicely situated in the Bresque river valley, both the medieval quarter and the shady valley in Salernes should feature on your itinerary

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Sanary-sur-Mer

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The historic boats and the palm trees around the pretty harbour are the highlight in Sanary-sur-Mer, with various beaches close to hand

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Seillans

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The village of Seillans is a perched village in the Pays de Fayence region of Provence, now listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France'

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Toulon

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A town with its focus firmly to the sea, Toulon is the base for the French Naval fleet and the National Museum of the Navy as well as having a large attractive pleasure port and harbour

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Tourrettes

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The small village of Tourrettes is one of several perched villages in the Pays de Fayence region of Provence

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Tourtour

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Tourtour is a very attractive and traditional Provencal village with a great deal to enjoy

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Trigance

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Trigance is a charming small village and castle to the east of the Gorges du Verdon

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Villecroze

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Villecroze is a charming small village with a quaint historic centre and a park with troglodyte dwellings

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For more information see the Var guide

Market towns & days in Var

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Aups: Wednesday & Saturday
Bandol: Tuesday
Bormes-les-Mimosas: Wednesday & Saturday
Brignoles: Saturday
Carces: Saturday
Carqueiranne: Thursday
Cavalaire-sur-Mer: Wednesday
Cogolin: Wednesday & Saturday
Cotignac: Tuesday
Cuers: Friday
Draguignan: Wednesday & Saturday
Fayence: Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday
Frejus: Wednesday & Tuesday & Sunday & Saturday
Gareoult: Tuesday
Gonfaron: Thursday
Hyeres: Wednesday & Tuesday & Sunday & Saturday & Friday
La Crau: Wednesday
La Croix-Valmer: Sunday
La Garde: Tuesday & Saturday & Friday
La Londe-les-Maures: Sunday
Le Beausset: Sunday & Friday
Le Lavandou: Thursday
Le Luc: Friday
Le Muy: Thursday & Sunday
Le Pradet: Friday
Les Arcs: Thursday
Lorgues: Tuesday
Pierrefeu-du-Var: Tuesday
Ramatuelle: Thursday & Thursday & Sunday & Sunday
Roquebrune-sur-Argens: Friday
Saint Cyr sur Mer: Sunday
Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer: Saturday
Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume: Wednesday
Saint-Raphael: Tuesday & Monday

Selected tourist attractions in the Var department

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

Parc zoologique de Fréjus

Zoo du Mont Faron

4* Towns in Bloom

Bormes-les-Mimosas: Tourist guide

Hyeres: Tourist guide

Sanary-sur-Mer: Tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Frejus: Tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Cap Sicié

Cap Sicié

Lac de Sainte-Croix

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Domaine d'Orvès

Domaine du Rayol

Jardin de Baudouvin

Jardin du castel Sainte Claire

Jardin d’Elie Alexis

Jardin d’oiseaux tropicaux

Jardin Germaine l’Hardy-Denonain

Le Plantier de Costebelle

Parc Olbius Riquier

Parc Saint Bernard

Religious Monuments

Abbaye de La Celle (La Celle)

Abbaye du Thoronet (Le Thoronet)

Cathédrale Saint Léonce (Frejus)

Eglise de St Raphaël (Saint-Raphael)

towns classified as Recommended Detours

Grimaud: Tourist guide

Ollioules

Saint Cyr sur Mer: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Frejus Cathedral cloisters

Thoronet Abbey

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Gassin: Tourist guide

Seillans: Tourist guide

Tourtour: Tourist guide

Grand Sites of France

Montagne Sainte-Victoire