Discover the Hidden Secrets of the Var

Originally posted on & updated on 25th January, 2024

Nestled between some of France’s most famous coastlines right up to where the Alps meet the clouds is the Var. Although most of the Var’s visitors are allured to the popular coastal towns of Saint Tropez, Saint Raphael and Frejus there are many little-known but equally as beautiful places full of charm for you to visit. Don’t take it from us, the Telegraph has listed in first place of it’s list of places you must see before you die.

Discover the Hidden Secrets of the Var

We have an eclectic range of villas and houses in the Var, along the coastline and also further back inland where you will enjoy better value in areas such as Cotignac, Draguignan, Saint Antonin du Var, Montauroux, Fayence or Flayosc just to name a few of this hidden places, yet still a stone’s throw from the coast of the glamourous Riviera when you fancy a ‘bain de foule’ or checking out the ‘Jet-Set’ as the French call them. You may have chosen the area where your new French house will be but we invite you to join us as we step off the beach to explore the unspoiled countryside leading in to the forests and up to the mountains that all make up, the Var.


Set just of the coast is the village of Gassin, known as a ‘most beautiful village of France’. Overlooking Saint Tropez the village was originally formed to allow the locals to escape the numerous pirates who once trawled the Mediterranean waters. Nowadays you can escape to Gassin to inhale the breath taking views of the Bay of St Tropez and the surrounding hills. Continue your walk along the medieval terrace until you reach a small cluster of restaurants with their tables positioned perfectly for you to absorb the panoramic views as you enjoy your well-earned lunch. As you wander through the ancient streets of Gassin be sure to squeeze through a street called, l’Androuno which claims to be the narrowest street in the world! If you are already missing the coast you may want to visit the famous beach at Pampelonne before we take our next trip further in to the heart of the Var.


Surrounded by forests and umbrella pines, with views over the valleys to the south and west of the Var, sits the village of Bagnols-en-Foret. Leading from the popular coastal town of Frejus on approach the village suddenly appears through the forest, it’s this enviable position that provides much of its charm and character. With picturesque houses and fountains that sprinkle through the streets choose a spot in the shade to relax with views across the countryside before you continue your tour. Filled with churches, towers, chapels and a small museum Bagnols-en-Foret is bursting with historic buildings and ruins dating back as far as the iron-age.


We have now reached the true heart of the Var’s northern edge just a step away from the popular scenery of Gorges du Verdon. You and your family will enjoy exploring every inch of this village which sits below the remains of a medieval castle. In each corner of this pretty hilltop village you will find charming sundials, freshwater fountains and quirky café’s to enjoy some shade before you’re dragged away to explore another of its narrow streets or small squares. If you happen to visit Aups on their market days you can enjoy a colourful authentic Provencal market featuring local produce and crafts. During the winter months you will be treated to some of the best truffles in France, their markets are not to be missed.

Massif de l’Esterel

Have you packed your hiking boots? Even though we have successfully allured you away from the coast further and further into the true core of the Var Massif de l’Esterel actually offers you the choice between the mountains and the coast. You’re here now so join us as we reach the highest peaks of the Massif before heading down the coast road all the way to the sea. Rising steeply the Massif is separated into hills, cliffs and mountains all worth tackling to achieve the impressive views stretching out along the Mediterranean as far as your eyes can see. Your journey back down to the sea will be filled with quaint town and resorts and beaches drenched in history all the while the scenery is so strong it remains its biggest attraction.

We have only taken you to a small number of the many villages and town scattered throughout the Var. Delve deeper and you will appreciate why it has been described as, “hypnotique” and “magnifique” by its former explorers from across the world. Our Riviera and Var properties that surround this magical region can be found by searching in Provence Cote d’Azur. We have guided you through some of our favourite spots it’s now time to choose your new French house and start your own adventure of the Var.

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