The Var’s coast is more preserved and sedate than other Cote d’Azur areas; its treasures are painstakingly cared for and monitored. Take in La Ciotat in the West, travelling east via the island of Porquerolles, Le Lavandou, and the well known resorts of St Tropez, Ste Maxime to St Raphael in the East.
Long, sandy beaches with small, wild inlets: a thousand little heavens are yours.
If you are looking to live like the French live in a Provencal village, discover the picturesque village’s houses or apartments in the small villages and ports on the seaside, if you prefer to live hidden in the heart of a Mediterranean garden with palm trees and mimosas, there are still nice houses with absolute privacy in residential areas.
Check out some of the more popular towns and villages (as per Cote d’Azur):
The International tourist area of St. Tropez is worldwide known.
Here you will discover:
Famous beaches such as : Bouillabaisse Beach, Caneliers Beach, Salins Beach; there are at least 40 beaches on the peninsula.
The Place des Lices, populated by the Stars who meet there and to play “boules” under the plane trees.
Splendid residential areas with luxurious villas and apartments.
The port is full of huge yachts and splendid sailing boats, famous restaurants such as Le Gorille and Sénéquier.
Brigitte Bardot has lived in Saint Tropez since the 60’s, and with her arrival, Saint Tropez became a mythical place for the international Jet Set! If you want to get away from the crowd and you can stroll in the charming streets of the old village. Or it is better to visit Saint Tropez in spring or autumn when life is quieter!
Lying between the Mediterranean and the Esterel Mountains, Saint Raphael offers various sports like biking, hiking, horseback riding, and climbing.
Saint Raphael is well known for its the sailing resort with its 42km. of coastline.
All around the year, Saint Raphael organizes conferences, gala evenings, festivities such as celebrations of St. Baume and St. Pierre, Mimosa Week, Jazz festivals, and other typical entertainment. So there is plenty to see and do!
Sanary sur Mer has a quaint picturesque port with a shoreline path for visitors to stroll along, colourful façades and terraces shaded by palm trees.
From the top of Notre Dame de Pitié there is a magnificent view of the islands.
It is a lively village: a large carnival is held every year. During the evenings in the summer you can see craft makers all along the port. There are numerous food festivals such as the “bouillabaisse days”, “sardine days” and other special events.
Porquerolles is the biggest and the most flamboyant of the three Gold Islands in the Hyères gulf.
A renowned vineyard…
The island was bought in 1912 by “Monsieur Fournier” who apparently bought it as a wedding present for his wife; he planted two hundred hectares with grapevines. This later produced a top quality wine which was to become one of the first to be classed “vines des Côtes de Provence”.
Now a preserved area: In 1971, the state bought 4/5 of the island, thus protecting it from any unsightly housing or hotel developments. Linked to the Park National de Port-Cros Porquerolles is another site protected by the Conservatoire Botanique.
A truly beautiful village, the world renowned Le Lavandou is located at the base of the Maures Mountains, on the coast road to Saint Tropez.
With over 12km coastline, facing the Iles d’Or (golden Islands: Porquerolles and Port Cros) Le Lavandou is made up of several villages including Cavaliere, Aiguebelle. All with long and welcoming sandy beaches.
Le Lavandou was a small fishing port in the past; it has grown into becoming an international marina and sport fishing port.
The old perched medieval village, with its coloured facades, its pink tiled roofs, its ramparts and old castle ruins. From here you have a truly splendid view onto the Porquerolles and Port Cros islands.
The Marina with its dream boats and yachts and a short distance to the beaches of Cabasson, Estagnol, Pellerin, and Favière. On a small peninsula in the old fishing village of Cabasson is the renowned Bregançon Fort which is the summer residence of the presidents of France!
Bormes has often received the first prize for the “most florally decorated towns of France contest”.