As the gate to the Cote d'Azur and the Alpes, the "Hautes Provence", the department of the Var has many visitors. It's beautiful landscape with both mountains and sea and it's sunny Mediterranean climate provide tourists with an exceptional place to visit.
Le Haut Var, with its old villages perched high in the mountains makes for quiet cool summer holidays. There is plenty of hiking in the Gorges du Verdon from Montaroux in the east or par Bargeme in the north, Artignosc and Artigues in the west. There are vast forests where one can discover truffles or mushrooms and sometimes even wild boars! For those who prefer fishing canoeing or swimming the many lakes, rivers and waterfalls should satisfy them.
L'Arrière-Pays Varois (inland)
is the interior of the Var formed by hills and valleys, plantations and pine forests. Because of its very sunny climate, the agricultural production is varied and plentiful. There are 37,000 ( approximately 90,000 acres ) of vineyards operated by 450 different vintners.This land produces the most flowers of France. It's fruit, vegetables, honey (27,000 hives), lavender, thyme, and olive oil are the pride of the people who live in this region that extends from theAdrets de l'Esterel through Brignoles and on to Castellet.
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