Sitting on the Mediterranean coast of southern France between the Alpes Maritimes to the east and the Bouches du Rhône to the west, Le Var is where the Côte d’Azur and Provence meet. It is France’s second most forested region with nearly a million acres of woodland. The natural environment is stunning with red porphyry fjords and sandy beaches, discreet coves and islands along the coast then wooded hills, farming plains, lakes, rivers and canyons further inland. A must visit are the Estérel and the Maures Massifs characterised by wild beauty and varied flora and fauna, whilst the spectacular Gorges du Verdon are renowned worldwide. The chalky mountain of the Massif de la Sainte-Baume rises to over 1,200 metres above a remnant of the ‘Millenium Forest’ and the part of the Verdon Regional Natural Reserve here houses the Lake of Sainte-Croix which covers 5,400 acres of almond green waters. Most importantly Le Var is also home to many ‘preserved’ natural sites purchased by the Department, the National Conservatory or Parcs to protect them from disappearing. This mosaic of landscapes offers a plethora of quality leisure activities on offer year round. Le Var is a place to be savoured in every season and easily accessible from the UK by train or plane…Make 2013 the year to visit the Var.
Images courtesy of: (c) Var Tourisme_Christian Raolisson, (c) Var Tourisme_JH Walzl, (c) Var Tourisme, (c) Var Tourisme_Nicolas Gomez.