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Here is an overview of the general, practical and useful for you to know about the Var:

General tourist information to know

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General tourist information

The Var is a French department, it owes its name to a coastal river that once was its eastern boundary, but that the waters today after the attachment of the County of Nice in France and the incorporation of the Borough of fat during the creation of the Maritime Alps.

It is part of the Provence - Alpes - Côte d'Azur (PACA). It borders the departments of Bouches-du-Rhône to the west, Vaucluse (few hundred meters), Alpes-de-Haute-Provence north of the Alpes-Maritimes in the east, and is bathed by the Mediterranean Sea to the south.

Relief map of var

Its area is 5,973 km2, its population (The "Varois" and "Varoises") is 1,007,303 inhabitants (Base 2012 source INSEE). Is 169 inhabitants per km2.

The coastline bathed by the Mediterranean Sea has 432Km of coastline.

The department code is 83. There are 3 Districts, Townships 43, 153 Commons
11 intermunicipal and 7 legislative districts .

The prefecture of Var Toulon and sub-prefectures are Brignoles and Draguignan.

Var situation in France

Useful links: The Var department daily

Inquire: The newspaper Var (Var Matin)

Enquiries: It happens in the Var (Visitvar)

Breathe: The air quality in the Var (Air Paca)

Guard: Flood Forecast in East Mediterranee- VIGICRUES

Quality of bathing water

Observation Portal jellyfish in PACA

Some general information to know about the department

Var has a Mediterranean climate with beautiful sunshine and dry summers. Temperatures are highly variable because the Var, diverse terrain, is subject to the influences of the sea and the Alps. Attention to Mistral, strong wind and turbulent and often east wind carrying rain.

photos saint tropez

Learn more about the winds

The geology
The Var is covered by hills and low mountains with steep slopes but (Acme Mount Lachens 1715 meters). The plains are divided into the massive or to the coast. We also distinguish large trays as Canjuers, white or Signes .
Northern department is covered by tertiary Alps with the National Park and its famous Verdon gorges. The center and Var means are a succession of arable plains and hills. To the west there is the Massif de la Sainte Baume (highest point 1,147 meters). South there are primary crystalline massifs with the Moors (highest point 771 meters) and the Esterel volcanic porphyry composed predominantly reddish (highest point 618 meters). The whole is covered by whose main rivers and coastal rivers: The Argens, Verdon (border with the Alps of Haute Provence) Gapeau, The Mole, the Caramy, Issole, Artuby and Nartuby . 3 artificial lakes important complement the landscape: Sainte Croix, Saint Cassian and Carcès.

The sea and the seabed
432 Km of steep and rugged coastline, there are areas rich in flora and fauna where the continental shelf extends. Marine protected areas are accessible to all divers, including the islands of Hyères. Var has a protected national park that Port Cros.

photo giens hyères

Learn more about the activity related to boating sea

The vegetation
Scrub, dense vegetation formation covers a massive majority. It houses or cork oaks, heather and strawberry. There are also forest of Aleppo pine and chestnut.

The vigneyards
Cradle of Provence wines (AOC Côtes de Provence), the Var boasts a former knowledge, inherited from the Greeks and Romans, enriched by generations of wine growers.

Discover the wine of Var

photo collobrieres

The economy
The Var is oriented towards tourism, viticulture and horticulture. The industry remains low. The army is a high economic value (Toulon: 2 nd French military port).

The traditions
Provencal, Latin tongue dances in costume, with tambourine and musette, The Santon de Provence The aioli and bouillabaisse, the "petanque" or "long" after a nap!

The history
The department was created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790 (Decree of 26 February 1790) under the law of 22 December 1789, from a part of the province of Provence. But the story of this land begins in prehistory.

Var History

photo ramatuelle

The 8 territories of Var
Beyond the administrative organization of the Department, the General Council wanted to give the Var territorial identity to ensure a unified development, coherent and balanced department. 8 territories were created, it is 8 faces of Var to ensure a diversity of tourist offer.

8 territories of var

How come - Acces mean
How come in the Var department.


Numeros daily connections among which TGV and TER.
SNCF: Ligne directe Ligne vocale


Toulon / Hyères:
Airport Toulon Hyères

Marseille / Marignane:
Airport Marseille

Nice - Côte d'Azur:
Airport Nice


Highways A8 or A57 , Road N7
CRICR: (Traffic informations) *

Escota Highways: Vinci Autoroutes


Road services and information on the Var


Transport by cars or how to travel and move in the Var with the General Council of Var (excluding services of major cities or private)

Tel : 04 94 24 60 00


Maritime transport connections to Corsica and cruise ships is present in the var through the maritime station of Toulon. For boats from individuals or businesses, many Var harbor are also at your service.

CCI of Var

Ports Varois


Access to the following choices:
Road map Var - Access to towns and villages - Choosing a route or location

Go to page "Plans Var"

At your service, traffic information about the department

Useful information

Phone and websites


Fireman: 18
Urgency phone European: 112
SAMU: 15
Police: 17
S.O.S Doctor:
Marseille poisons unit:
Chemist' shop on duty 83:

Drug,Alcohol,Tobacco Info service:
Allo child abuse : 119
Homeless reception : 115
SIDA info service :
Croix rouge listening :
Cancer listening:
Blood donation :
Hepatitis info service :
SOS friendship :
Suicide listening :

EDF (Security) :
GDF (Security) :


Comité départemental du tourisme

Infos VAR- Conseil général du Var

Tourism P.A.C.A

Préfecture du Var

More legal's informations .....

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