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Themed Trails

These trails are an original means of discovering the many faces of Var: history, nature and the land...
They point you towards Var’s best-kept secrets and subtleties, inviting you to breathe in, savour, listen and contemplate during your stay.

The painters’ way

The painters’ way

Walk in the footsteps of local artists, several of them major figures in the neo-impressionist movement. You can admire reproductions of their paintings all along the route.

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Bus tour of Saint-Maximin and hilltop villages

Bus tour of Saint-Maximin and hilltop villages

Discover and visit the basilica and the Royal Convent of Saint-Maximin, the most beautiful gothic building in South East France and the third most important tomb site in Christendom. You may also visit several nearby hilltop villages of the Var, including Pontèves, Brue-Auriac, Barjols (tannery and fountains), Varages (faience ceramics industry), Saint-Martin de Paillères and Seillons Source d’Argens, all of which are typical and authentic Provencal villages.

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Bus tour of the Châteaux des Comtes de Provence [Castles of the Counts of Provence]

Bus tour of the Châteaux des Comtes de Provence [Castles of the Counts of Provence]

In the morning you will explore the countryside from a coach, with commentary from a professional guide. Along the way you will stop to discover several exciting sites. In the afternoon there will be visits to the Châteaux des Comtes de Provence [Castles of the Counts of Provence], first Entrecasteaux and Carcès, then Cotignac (cave dwellings) and Montfort, followed by the villages of the Haut Var and panoramic views over the Argens plain, whose charm and authenticity will surely work its magic on you.

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Gothic or Romanesque?

Gothic or Romanesque?

This visit will teach you about the two architectural styles in which the monuments of the Var are built. You will learn how to tell them apart, to find similarities between them and to understand what the builders of the Middle Ages were trying to achieve through such monumental projects as L’Abbaye Royale de La Celle [La Celle Royal Abbey], the Couvent Royal [Royal Convent] and the Basilique Sainte Marie-Madeleine [Basilica of Mary Magdalene] in Saint-Maximin.

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The charming and picturesque villages of the Var

The charming and picturesque villages of the Var

The charming villages of the Var nestle on sun-drenched plains or hang from the sides of grassy and sweet-scented hills, built near the dry-stone walls (restanques) used to create terraces for growing the vines and olive trees that proudly cling to the hillsides. Here in the heart of secret, authentic Provence, you will discover these unique and privileged places where the history and identity of the Var has been forged, and where time appears to have stood still.

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Villages atop the cliffs around Draguignan

Villages atop the cliffs around Draguignan

Discover the most beautiful villages perched atop cliff walls in the area around Draguignan in the Var-Provence region. Choose from: Ampus – the history of water’s patient victory over the limestone plateaus of Verdon; Chateaudouble – the eagle’s nest of the area; Tourtour – considered one of the most beautiful villages in France for its 360° views and multiple art galleries; Bargemon – the pearl of the upper Var with artist craftsmen, museums and more. You may arrange a picnic in special picnic areas, and you’ll find restaurants featuring Provencal cuisine in the villages.

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Exploring Saint-Raphaël and its districts

Exploring Saint-Raphaël and its districts

The town and its districts offer visitors landscapes varying between land and sea. On the programme: the Corniche d'Or, the famous seaside resort of Agay, a walk across the Estérel Massif and in the Valescure district, "Les Asphodèles" Belle Epoque villa and a walk through the historic centre.

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