The Var is a department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in Provence in southeastern France. It takes its name from the river Var, which used to flow along its eastern boundary, but the boundary was moved in 1860. The Var is bordered on the east by the department of Alpes-Maritimes; to the west by Bouches-du-Rhône to the north of the Verdon River by the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, and to the south by the Mediterranean Sea.
The Var is known for the harbour of Toulon, the main port of the French Navy; for its seaside resorts, the most famous of which is Saint-Tropez; for some fine examples of Romanesque and medieval architecture, such as Le Thoronet Abbey and Fréjus Cathedral; and for its wines, particularly the wines of Bandol.
Popular tourist attractions in the Var include:
- The port and beaches of Saint-Tropez
- The seaside village of Sainte Maxime, with waterfront promenade, shops and restaurants, and a ferry service to Saint-Tropez.
- The beach of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, the longest sand beach on the coast.
- Boat tours of the Rade, or harbor, of Toulon, the main anchorage of the French Navy.
- Wind-surfing offshore of the peninsula of Giens
- Le Thoronet Abbey, one of the best-preserved medieval Cistercian monasteries in France.
- The Baptistery of Fréjus Cathedral, the oldest Christian structure in Provence.
- The hilltop village of Bormes-les-Mimosas
- The Iles d’Hyeres, including the underwater natural park around the Ile de Port-Cros.
- Hiking in the Massif de l’Esterel
- The hilltop villages of Gassin, Ramatuelle, Montauroux, Fayence, Callian, Seillans, Tourrettes, Saint-Paul-en-Forêt, Mons and Tanneron in the Fayence region.
- The Canyon du Verdon, Lac de Sainte-Croix, and the hilltop villages of the upper Var.
- The hilltop villages, wine caves and vinyards near Bandol.
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|Area (km2)||5,973 km2|