VAR PARENTHESIS ON THE CÔTE D’AZUR
Expectations vary when you want to make your holiday a success: relaxation, exploration, quality of time spent with family or friends, memorable experiences, discovery of new cultures, stress reduction, adventure. Is all this possible in Hyères? We won’t tell you otherwise: Hyères-les-Palmiers, the Giens Peninsula and the Golden Islands are a wonderful combination of Mediterranean flora, paradisiacal beaches, Victorian architecture, culture, history and Provençal lifestyle.
This section has been developed, without being exhaustive, in order to help you prepare your stay in one of our establishments, camping or renting in Hyères, in the Var. From towns to villages, from beaches to coves, from stalls to markets, from squares to gardens, the programme can be bright, dense, joyful, tasty, educational, instructive, relaxing, refreshing, rejuvenating… Here are some keys to making your holiday a success. Don’t hesitate to consult our interactive map to plan your stay on the Giens Peninsula.
THE VAR, A LAND OF DIVERSITY
The Var department is an ideal tourist destination throughout the year due to its pleasant climate and abundance of sunshine. It ranks as the second most wooded department in France after the Landes. There are many opportunities for walks or hikes along its magnificent coastline (432 kilometres of coastline), every day can be an opportunity for a new excursion, with beaches, rocky capes, and superb wild coves that never cease to surprise visitors. For the less sporty, the fine sand invites you to relax during your holidays on the Côte d’Azur, which stands out for its transparent and turquoise waters, creating a real invitation to laziness. In addition, the Var hinterland is not lacking in charm, offering another equally attractive facet of the region.
The many hilltop villages are real picturesque treasures. Walking through their cobbled streets, you can’t help but be charmed by the authenticity of these places: the facades of the old houses, the small squares sometimes adorned with fountains, the remains of ramparts or a castle, and many other curiosities to discover.
The Var department also has exceptional natural sites, such as the spectacular Verdon canyon (Gorges du Verdon), a popular place for kayakers and canyoning enthusiasts, the Sainte-Baume, a place of pilgrimage with the cave that sheltered Sainte Marie-Madeleine during her last years, Port d’Alon with its trap and its coastal path (Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer), as well as the Port Cros National Park, located off the coast of Hyères, with its Golden Islands (Porquerolles, Port-Cros, Le Levant) where pine forests and cliffs abound with wild fauna and flora.
TO COME TO HYERES IS TO LIVE IN COMMUNION WITH MAN, THE LAND AND THE SEA
Culture is also at the heart of the region’s tourist offer, with numerous museums, historical monuments, castles, ancient remains. The agenda is particularly rich, do not hesitate to consult the many informative sites of the Tourist Offices of the Var (such as Hyères Tourisme) and the festivals organized every week in the surrounding area during the summer period (Midi Festival in Hyères, Apéros Jazz du Provençal in Giens, Jazz in Toulon, Couleurs Urbaines in La Seyne-sur-Mer, Plage de Rock in Grimaud, Festival du Château in Solliès-Pont…).
Discovering the regional culture of the Var in the company of the locals is an authentic and enriching experience. This beautiful region of southern France is full of unique traditions, flavors and customs, and what better way than to share this discovery with the men who are its guardians. Market gardeners, fishermen, winegrowers, craftsmen or simply passionate about their terroir await you during your holidays in Hyères, on the Giens Peninsula.