Located in south eastern France, the Var takes its name from the River Var, which used to flow along its eastern boundary in the Provence region. Bordered by the departments, Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône, the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and the Mediterranean Sea, the Var is a gateway to the French Riviera.
Protected by the mountains and northerly weather fronts, the Var benefits from a more Andalucian climate and boasts over 300 days of sunshine throughout the year. Because of this and the breathtaking landscapes, the south of France has many well-known holiday destinations including Cannes
and Marseille however the Var, holds many of Provence’s best kept secrets.
Home to the famous coastal resort of Saint-Tropez and situated on the luxurious French Riviera, the Var and its beautiful surroundings are filled with surprises and hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Although the department welcomes many visitors there are still several exclusive areas that offer you the privacy and luxury that you expect from Provence.
Serving as the capital of the Var and a large military harbour on the Mediterranean coast, Toulon is the fifteenth largest city in France. The capital has many diverse qualities from the waves crashing on the shores reaching to the summit of Mount Faron. You can explore the sights and culture that make up the city’s heritage and by night, and enjoy the lively atmosphere whether you’re in the mood for a drink, movie or dance!
Toulon’s nature side includes pebble and sandy beaches, cruises to nearby islands and hiking in the local mountains. Its historic centre is found in the old town full of narrow streets, small squares and pretty fountains as well the capital’s Cathedral that dates back to the 11th century. Experience the truly Provencal market that is held on the Cours Lafayette and features local products typical to the area.
Provence has an eternal reputation for living 'the good life' and the Var is no different, you might have something in common with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt or David and Victoria Beckham as your search for a place to call home enters the Var. Offering peaceful surroundings, privacy and the most beautiful properties in Provence, it’s no wonder that life in the Var is so sought after, to the point that is been listed in the Telegraph as one of the 30 short-haul bucket list places in Europe you must see before you die.
As you delve deeper into the Var there are so many highlights including the western Côte d’Azur, the Massif des Maures and of course, the esteemed Cotes de Provence wine region. The towns of Lorgues, Flayosc and Draguignan offer you a more “traditional” Provence where visitors are limited and picturesque landscapes are endless.
These local villages are filled with a unique blend of French and international locals, in Le Haut Var you will see old villages perched on hilltops or if hiking is your thing you can head to the Gorges du Verdon or uncover truffles in the vast forests.
Typical properties here vary from modern villas to old stone houses as well as a few unique village countryside homes. Be lured to the Var by the charming towns, colourful buildings, blue skies and a luxurious lifestyle.