Provence, South of France
The Heart of Provence, The Var.
The Var is unknown as a name, but it is the true centre of Provence, here you will experience to wealth and unspoilt treasures of this area. Its beautiful landscape with both mountains and sea and the rolling hills in between covered with vine yards, pine forest, olive groves and lavender fields. There are sandy beaches, safe for the children to play, rocky coves and the dramatic coast line of the Estérel mountain range falling into the Mediterranean Sea.
Drive inland to the sleepy picturesque Provencal hilltop villages with their cafes, bars, restaurants, winding streets and pretty village squares. Feel the warmth of the sun as it ripens the grapes on the vines growing on the hills and in the valley's, stop, take time to visit the wine domains and sample their local wines, this area produces light fresh rosés which represent 75 % of the harvest, the reds make up 20 % and the whites only 5 %. The harvest or as it is know "vendages" is normally within the month of September, this is another wonderful time to visit this area, see how the wine begins life. Each village and town has great choices of Domains and Wine Co-Op, so you will never run dry.
If you wish to soak up the sun with the sound of the sea rushing along the beach edge you can pick from sandy beaches or rocky coves, just dip your toes or take a boat trip along the coast or out to one of the Iles d'Hyères a tourist's dream. A drive along the Estérel coast is well worth the effort the scenery is breath taking.
If you are feeling adventuress, the Var can offer you its very own Grand Canyon of Europe, the Gorges de Verdon which forms a natural frontier between the Var and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Here the air is clear, the breeze is gentle and the mountains forming the gorge are over whelming, follow the river down to the brightest, bluest lake you have ever seen, Lac St. Croix. Once by the lake you can swim, canoe, sail or sit back and enjoy the view. There are many walks that can be taken alongside the river through the gorge and the dare-devils will find sports, such as climbing, abseiling, rafting and hang gliding, me; I prefer to have my feet on the ground. The Var canoffer those outdoor enthusiasts, walking, cycling, sailing, canoeing, horse riding all within there locality.
Talking about outdoor activities, The South of France boasts a large selection of golf courses aimed for all levels of golfers, within the area of our villas and apartments there are 7 to choose from.
There is a busier side to life in Provence, you can always visit the busy metropolises such as Nice,Cannes, Toulon and Marseille. Within all of these busy towns there are still sites to be seen, the old flower market in Nice is just one thing you can go and see. Talking of things to see, try St. Tropez, you never know who you may bump into!
To travel to this part of the world you have 3 airports, Nice, Toulon and Marseille. The TGV and the car trains stops at Les Arcs-sur-Argens and St. Raphael. Plus the quickest and most direct route to this area is by the Autoroute that stretches from the North to the South of France.
We realize that not every one wants the same holiday but as you can see the Var can cater for almostevery thing you would like. The Provence climate provides visitors with an exceptional place to visit at any time of the year. So what are you waiting for?