Vars tourism and travel guide

Photo of Vars in Hautes-Alpes

Photo is of Mont-Dauphin at 8 km from Vars

Visit Vars: highlights and tourist information

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Vars is situated in the Hautes-Alpes department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Vars in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Popular places to visit nearby include Mont-Dauphin at 8 km and Embrun at 16 km.

Vars, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 8 km (direction north-west)

The fortified mountain town of Briancon, one of the highest towns in Europe, is...

See Mont-Dauphin guide


at 16 km (direction west-south-west)

The historic centre of Embrun is usually visited at the same time as the...

See Embrun guide
Vallee de l\'Ubaye

Vallee de l'Ubaye

Scenery at 22 km (direction south-south-east), in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department

Starting near the Lac de Poncon, the Vallée de l'Ubaye is one of the...

See Vallee de l'Ubaye guide


at 23 km (direction north-north-west)

The silver mines in L'Argentiere la Bessée, very active in the 19th century, are...

See L'Argentiere-la-Bessee guide


at 25 km (direction south), in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department

Barcelonnette has an attractive town centre, and also a good number of substantial 'Mexican...

See Barcelonnette guide
Lake Serre-Poncon

Lake Serre-Poncon

Scenery at 29 km (direction west-south-west)

Among many beautiful Alpine lakes we mention the Lac de Serre-Poncon because of its...

See Lake Serre-Poncon guide


Ski resort at 32 km (direction west-south-west)

The town of Briancon is best known for its extensive Vauban fortifications, and also...

See Briancon guide


at 39 km (direction south-west), in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department

In the mountain village of Seyne you can see various parts of the medieval...

See Seyne-les-Alpes guide
Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier

Ski resort at 41 km (direction south-west)

Serre-Chevalier is an extensive alpine ski region, based around Briancon and incorporating many resorts...

See Serre Chevalier guide
Ecrins National Park

Ecrins National Park

National Parc at 43 km (direction north-west), in the Isere department

Ecrins National Park is a very popular and very scenic National Park in the...

See Ecrins National Park guide
Valgaudemar Valley

Valgaudemar Valley

Scenery at 45 km (direction west-north-west)

The valley of Valgaudemar is one of many picturesque natural highlughts in the high...

See Valgaudemar Valley guide


at 46 km (direction north-north-west)

The picturesque mountain village of Nevache is well placed to explore the scenic Vallée...

See Nevache guide


at 48 km (direction south), in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department

In the mountain village of Colmars highlights include the Fort de Savoie and fortified...

See Colmars-les-Alpes guide


at 48 km (direction west)

Not a major tourist destination, in Gap we suggest you take a stroll around...

See Gap guide

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Markets in and near Vars

  • Guillestre: market Monday (6km)
  • Embrun: market Wednesday - seasonal market only (17km)
  • Embrun: market Saturday (17km)
  • L'Argentiere-la-Bessee: market Friday (23km)
  • Barcelonnette: market Monday all day - seasonal market only (25km)
  • Barcelonnette: market Wednesday & Saturday (25km)
  • Abries: market Wednesday (28km)
  • Vallouise: market Thursday (30km)
  • Briancon: market Sunday - seasonal market only (33km)
  • Briancon: market Wednesday (33km)

More information about Vars, Provence

Tourist attractions near Vars, France

What to do at Vars? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Vars.

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

National Monuments

  • Place Forte de Mont-Dauphin (8km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Queyras (18km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Lac de Serre-Poncon (29km)
  • Cirque de Viso (30km)
  • Col de la Bonette (33km)
  • Source - Verdon (34km)
  • Col d'Allos (36km)
  • Col de la Cayolle (40km)
  • Lac d'Allos (42km)
  • La Meije (53km)
  • Clue de Barles (54km)

Geography and distances

Vars is in the south-east of France at 48 kilometres from Gap, the department capital (general information: Vars is 576 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Vars

Canton: Guillestre

Arrondissement: Briançon

Department: Hautes-Alpes

Region: Provence

Postcode: 0

Distance to Vars

from Gap (prefecture): 48 km

from Paris: 576 km

from Calais: 791 km

from Nice: 111 km

from Bordeaux: 574 km

from Strasbourg: 449 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into Nice, Lyon or Grenoble airports. By car from the UK allow about 10 hours for the journey from Calais to here. For driving distances to Vars from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 2 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Guillestre and Risoul.

This page in French: Visiter Vars