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Must-see Treasures of the Var

What to do in the Var?

Here, are a few not-to-be-missed sites:

The Thoronet in the Var one of three Cistercian abbeys in Provence. L’Abbaye du Thoronet was classified as a French historical monument in 1840. Restoration work started the year after and still continues today.

Abbaye du Thoronet @PerfProvence Abbaye du Thoronet @PerfProvence

Also, worthwhile are the caves of Villecroze, carved into the side of a sheer limestone cliff. This must-see is a grotto formed by hundreds of thousands of years of water flowing over the porous rock.

Villecroze caves #Grottos #Provence #VisitVar

Finally, take a look at Provence’s amazing Gorges du Verdon,  sometimes referred to as the Grand Canyon du Verdon, due to the natural chasm formed by the river. The turquoise-green Verdon River cuts a meandering path along the steep, limestone cliffs. The length of the gorge is roughly 25 kilometres (km), and at certain points, the cliffs reach 700m (2,300ft) in height. The Gorges du Verdon is a paradise for sporty types with a plethora of hiking, rock climbing and water sports. The Verdon Gorge is also 25 kilometres long, so if your time is limited consider hiring a local guide. Or, follow the advice of some “locals” (our friends @MirabeauWine) and head to the village of Bauduen and eat at Le Café du Midi.

Gorges du Verdon #Var @PerfProvence Gorges du Verdon #Var @PerfProvence

After all the sight-seeing it might be time for some wine tasting. Choose between and one of six (6) vineyards in St Antonin du Var (suggestions by Liz Gabay) or head directly to Clos Cibonne a favourite of Jackie @PestoandPistou.

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).


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    Hot Sauce
    August 2, 2016 at 10:46 am — Reply

    An interesting article and beautiful pictures of the Var. It makes me want to visit again.

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      August 2, 2016 at 11:45 am — Reply

      Thanks Hot Sauce – yes we should plan another trip

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