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The department of Var is located on the south coast of France, west of the Cote d’Azur but still home to some of the most exclusive resorts in the country, such as the famous St Tropez. Sun worshippers can enjoy miles of beaches in the region, but there is plenty on offer for those who prefer historical attractions or natural beauty. Over half of the Var region is covered in forests and there are many hilltop villages with great views over the countryside. The town of Bandol is famous for its wine and you can take the opportunity to visit a vineyard while visiting the area.
St Tropez became famous as a resort for the rich and famous in the 1950s, when the actress Brigitte Bardot declared her love for the town. As well as the stretches of sand that are open to the public, there are many beaches in this area, where you can sunbathe in luxury with sunbeds, parasols and drinks service – for a price. Be warned that some of these private beaches are for naturists. Each year in October, the town hosts a regatta with yacht owners from all over the world descending on the St Tropez harbour to show off their vessels. Slightly less luxurious are the pleasure boats, which take tourists across the bay to smaller towns like St Aygulf and Port Grimaud. Port Grimaud is nicknamed the Venice of the French Riviera as it is built on a network of canals. You can enjoy a pleasant stroll along the side streets of this traffic-free town that is very popular with boat owners; every property comes with its own free berth.
On the sea
The sea is always going to be a draw for visitors to the French Riviera, whether you’re lying by the beach or exploring it by boat. Trips run from the Var coastline to the Iles d’Hyeres, including the underwater natural park of Port-Cros. You can also try out windsurfing from the beaches on the Gien peninsula. Most beaches now offer paragliding and you can often hire pedalos or jet skis if you want to try something with a bit more speed.
The town of Bandol is well known for producing wine and many vineyards in the area welcome visitors and provide tours and tastings. The soil and climate in this area is ideal for producing the Mourvedre grape and to be officially called a Bandol wine, these grapes must account for 50% of your glass. There are fourteen vineyards that have been classified Crus Classes, signifying that they are of the highest quality. The Chateau de Mauvanne is one of these and the vineyard near Hyeres is open every Sunday for tours and the chance to sample the produce.
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