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South Provence

Discover the top destinations in south Provence

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Well, where to start with the Var? This area of Provence is probably the most popular for tourism thanks to it's wealth of natural beauty, ease of access and famous hilltop villages.

Despite its Mediterranean climate, the Var is very green thanks to run-off water  from the French Alps to the north that feeds its rivers. Much of the region is forested (55%) and the natural beauty throughout is a massive draw for the visitor. In the north lies the Gorge du Verdon, which is often referred to as France's Grand Canyon and is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. The rural heartland is home to many historic cathedrals and abbeys, as well as huge swathes of land devoted to vineyards. Here you will find many pretty medieval villages such as Tourtour, Cotignac & Villecroze. And to the south lie the coastal towns of St Tropez in the east and Toulon in the west. Also along the coast lies the wonderful red rocks of the Esterel mountain range, and of course, plenty of golden sandy beaches.

Traditional rural town famous for it's black truffles

Aups, Provence

Glorious & remote Provencal village with a ruined castle

Bargeme, Provence

Traditional rural town in the heart of Provence

Barjols, Provence

Traditional & authentic Provencal market town

Brignoles, Provence

Tiny village deep in the rugged & hilly Var area

Chateaudouble, Provence

Centre of organic farming in the south of Provence

Correns, Provence

Pretty rural village with fabulous Troglodyte caves

Cotignac, Provence

Traditional market town in the south of the Provence region

Lorgues, Provence

Peaceful village in Provence with wonderful views down to the coast

Mons, Provence

Small village famous for it's pottery & ceramics

Salernes, Provence

Peaceful & pretty Medieval perched village

Seillans, Provence

Traditional rural town in the foothills of the Alps

Sisteron, Provence

Home of the enormous Basilica & the relics of Mary Magdalene

St Maximin la St Baume, Provence

Charming rural village packed with art galleries

Tourtour, Provence

Home of the rather wonderful Grottes Troglodytes

Villecroze, Provence

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