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Green Provence

Var department is the first French tourist department.

Regularly acknowledged by a large majority for the beauty of its coast, the Var department, first French touristic department, is also one of the most wooded areas. Near Côte d'Azur and Alpes de Haute-Provence, its diversified landscape nested between the sea and the mountains makes up a privileged territory. If the great touristic attractiveness of the region is not to be confirmed, it does not limit itself to its fine sand beaches and to its sea resorts. Besides the hiking trails which line beaches, sea inlets and wild creeks, the charm of the Var department also reveals itself through the hinterland.

There, in the heart of a green nature, the quietness of old remote villages contrasts with the liveliness of an effervescent nature near the Verdon Canyon (les Gorges du Verdon). Inside lands, towards Draguignan, Provence extends from green hills in small valleys, and plains cultivated in clumps of perfumed pine forests. As for Toulon, it is surrounded by mountains: Mount Faron, Baou des Quatre Oures, Mount Caume and Le Gros Cerveau. On the heights of the city, a 1,100 hectare forest of Aleppo pines, maritime pines, oaks, cedars and cypress unwinds as far as the eye can see.