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Holidays in Frejus, St Raphael, Ste Maxime and Draguignan area

Departement Var

Geography of the Var department

The Var department is located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and is a part of the French Riviera. The department is bordered by the Alpes-Maritimes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Vaucluse and Bouches du Rhone departments. The sea borders the south of the department so that tourists can spend Mediterranean holidays. If wanting to spend calm holidays, one should go away from the beach resorts in order to visit the countryside part of the department which is really pleasant. In the Var department, there are many holiday rentals so to find an accommodation in the Var department as an apartment or a villa with swimming-pool, please check Genius Holidays website.

Visit the Var department

Holidays in Frejus, St Raphael and Ste Maxime areas – Mediterranean holidays

Mediterranean sea - Var

The Mediterranean sea borders the south of the Var department. There are four mains areas along the sea: the Côte Provençale (coast located at the west of the department between Provence and Mediterranean sea), the Provence Azur (miw between the French Riviera and Provence), the Golfe de St Tropez (located close to the Maures massif), the Esterel (beautiful massif composed of red rocks). To visit the Var department, one can rent an accommodation on the French Riviera in the following towns:

  • Villas St Maxime : St Maxime is a beautiful town facing St Tropez. There, one will find lovely sandy beaches and a pleasant marina. Tourists will find numerous shops and restaurants in the Old Town which is pedestrianised during high season. Tourists can also rent an apartment St Maxime.
  • Villa St Raphael: St Raphael beach resort is located next to Frejus. The seaside is a nice area where one can have a walk on the promenade to go to Port Frejus. Tourists can also book an apartment St Raphael. Near St Raphael, one can rent villas in Valescure, Le Dramont, Antheor or Le Trayas.
  • Villa Frejus: Frejus is located near the Esterel and the Maures massifs. There, tourists will enjoy beautiful sand beaches, the Old Town and Port Frejus where numerous water activities can be practised. One can also rent an apartment Frejus.
  • Villa Issambres: this lovely beach resort is located near the bay of St Tropez. There are numerous villas and other kinds of accommodations (apartments Issambres) in this protected area.
  • Villa Ramatuelle: Ramatuelle is located near St Tropez. This is a perched village which is composed of many alleyways. All around the village, there are vineyards. Tourists can also book an apartment Ramatuelle.
  • Villa Toulon: Toulon is the biggest city of the department. There, one will enjoy the large Mourillon beach – just next to the pine forest – where tourists like to go in family during high season. One can also book an apartment Toulon.
  • Villa Saint Aygulf: St Aygulf is located near Frejus. This small beach resort is surrounded by pines, oaks and eucalyptuses. One can also spend family holidays in an apartment Saint Aygluf.
  • Villa St Cyr: St Cyr sur Mer is a continuation of Provence where one will find a Statue of Liberty on the main square. St Cyr has a small beach resort – les Lecques – with beautiful beaches. One can also rent an apartment St Cyr.
  • Villa Bandol: Bandol is a famous beach resort located in Provence. There are beautiful beaches in the area as Renecros beach or beaches located on Bendor island. One can also book an apartment in Bandol.
  • Villa Sanary: this town is one of our favourite ones! In Sanary there is a lovely small harbour with fishermen and coloured houses in the village. Tourists can also rent an apartment Sanary.
  • Villa Six Fours: Six Fours is composed of several hamlets. There are numerous beaches in the area. Moreover Embiez islands and Cape Sicié should be visited. Tourists can also book an apartment in Six Fours.
  • Villa La Seyne sur Mer: the beach resort of La Seyne and St Mandrier is really pleasant. One can also book an apartment in La Seyne.
  • Villa Hyeres: Hyeres is the older beach resort of the French Riviera. Hyeres is a beach resort where there are many palm trees and flowers. There, one should go to Giens peninsula, the large Almanarre beach, Porquerolles and Port-Cros islands. One can also rent an apartment in Hyeres.
  • Villa Bormes les Mimosas: Bormes les Mimosas is one of the most beautiful villages located on the French Riviera. This village is located near the Fort de Bregancon. Moreover, thanks to a good weather during the whole year, Bormes les Mismosas is a great destination. Tourists can also book an apartment Bormes les Mimosas.
  • Villa Lavandou: Le Lavandou is a place which attracts tourists. There, one will enjoy a 12 km sand beach and hiking in the Maures massif. Tourists can also rent an apartment Lavandou.
  • Villa St Tropez: St Tropez is one of the most beautiful bays of the French Riviera. St Tropez is crowded during summer and there are many jet-setters in the area; So, to enjoy peaceful holidays, one should go there during the low season. There are lovely beaches in the area as Bouillabaisse beach, Granier beach, Salins beach and Pampelonne beaches. Tourists can also find an apartment St Tropez.
  • Apartment Port Grimaud: This new town is lovely! It is composed of typical houses of Provence and small canals as in Venice. One will enjoy a sand beach in Port Grimaud. Finally, tourists can rent a villa Port Grimaud.
  • Villa Cavalaire: Cavalaire is a family beach resort where one will find a 4 km long sand beach. One can also go to Porquerolles and Port Cros islands from Cavalaire sur Mer. Tourists will find apartments Cavalaire.

Holidays in Fayence, Draguignan and Brignoles areas – Country holidays

Typical houses of Provence

In the Var department, there are many wonderful sites located in the countryside. In this area, tourists will enjoy peace and quiet as there are less people than in the beach resort area. This is an ideal place to go to spend family holidays and visit the department. In the area, tourists can rent holiday villas and holiday apartments. Moreover, this part of the Var department can be divided into four parts: Provence Verte – going from the North-West part of the department to Brignoles – Centre Var which is the area around Draguignan, Haut Var – located in the North of the department – which includes a part of the Verdon Gorges and finally the Pays de Fayence (located from the North-East of the department to  the Alpes-Maritimes). In these parts of the Var department, one can stay in:

  • Villa Draguignan : Draguignan is a good starting point to visit the Centre Var part. In this area, tourists should go to Lorgues and the Thoronet abbey. People can also book an apartment Draguignan.
  • Villa Brignoles: Brignoles is a nice place to discover some villages which are located in the Centre Var. Tourists can also visit La Celle royal abbey. Tourists can also book an accommodation in the Provence Verte area or rent an apartment Brignoles.
  • Villa Vidauban: Vidauban is located near Lorgues. This place is a great destination for people enjoying nature. Moreover Vidauban is close to the Mediterranean sea and the Verdon Gorges. Tourists can also rent an apartment in Vidauban.
  • Villas Fayence: Fayence is located near Frejus, on a high hill near the Alpes-Maritimes department. This area is an ideal place to visit numerous perched villages and the Western part of the Alpes-Maritimes department. Tourists can also rent an apartment Fayence.


Genius Holidays' articles about the Var department

  • Visit St Tropez: in this article, one will get some information about St Tropez and the places to go which are located in the area as the numerous beaches (Pampelonne...) and lovely villages.
  • Week end near the Esterel: this massif is located on the French Riviera. There, tourists should visit the villages which are located near the Esterel and hike to enjoy wonderful landscapes.