The Var, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

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The Var got its name from the river Var that was flowing along the eastern boundary. But during 1860, the border of the place has been moved. On the eastern side of The Var is the Department of Alpes-Maritimes, on the western side is Bouches-du-Rhône, on the north of the Verdon River is the Department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, and on the south is the Mediterranean Sea. The largest city and the administrative capital of The Var is Toulon. Other important towns of The Var are Fréjus, Saint-Raphaël, Draguignan, Brignoles, Hyères, and La Seyne-sur-Mer.

Toulon is not only the largest city but is also a popular harbor. Toulon is the main port of the French Navy. There are many seaside resorts in Toulon and the most popular among them is Saint-Tropez. Toulon is also famous for Romanesque and medieval architecture and you can visit the Le Thoronet Abbey and the Fréjus Cathedral for their architectural splendor. The wines of Bandol are also popular in Toulon. Put The Var at the forefront of your travel plans using our Besse-sur-Issole trip itinerary maker site .
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  • The reviews of the VAR on this site, then falls directly on one thing: it's mainly French people who complain about the attitude of the local population, and that sometimes in not too uncertain terms. The question now is: who are now actually that local residents and why do they so rude? After ten years of living in this department I start, I think, to understand something. My ideas for better, I put them here anyway but down. In fact it seems the VAR to a large extent on a partly failed multicultural society. The Provence is during the Ancien Regimr late under the French Crown-and so under the Central Government in Paris that went determined nuet wholeheartedly. Known for example that one always turned fiercely against the Empire was. When the Emperor had to travel on the road to Elba by the Var, he served to disguise themselves in order not to be seized by angry farmers in the collar. Until late in the 19th century the population from poor farmers (wine and olives!) supplemented with a little mining. Only influx consisted of Corsicans that mainly involved in trade and a strong connection with their island remained. Of integration was therefore no.. In the middle of the 19th century tourism on gang because the Victorian English discovered the area. Some vesigden are permanent as pensionados. That stimulated the economic otwukkeling of the department, but of integration was, of course, no question. As a result of this development was a significant influx of Italians, in particular in the construction industry and the catering industry. Also they retained largely their own background, norms and values. During the interwar period became the Var a luxury tourist resort for the happy few. Of course became thereby a contrast between rich and poor all that visible.. More recent major changes took place after the Algerian independence in 1962. Many Pieds Noirs chose the VAR as new residence and started there activities which they exercised in Algeria even though: viticulture (!) and small retail. Integration? Listen to the songs of Enrico Macias and much will you become clear. At the same time found a strong inflow rather than Arab Algerians, some as economic fortune hunters, others as Harkis (the French variant on our Moluccans). One finds them still, clumped in many towns and villages, although now already in the third generation. Also after 1962 kept this development not on thanks to la Bardot and the jet set in St Tropez got the VAR something particularly attractive. Mass tourism grew, also from Netherlands Who didn't want a time in his life in the port of "St Trop '" flanked? But also the French themselves Barai eranderde something. Many bought a residence secondaire. Others settled there permanently and started a new career. It made they are not always popular. 90 percent of the people you meet as a tourist is likely to come out of this immigration wave. And now the recent tourist disaster: the rich Arabs, the Russians and the Chinese. Their behavior arouses resistance, some justification although there are also manifest roll-monkey-stories about them going around. Tourism is both a curse and a blessing, not only in Hyeres, St. Tropez or Frejus-St Raphael. Also in Amsterdam to talk about they know! Who are those genuine Provencaux who behave so rude? You may say. The VAR Sputters, scolds, protests and agree in majority Marine Le Pen. Perhaps you now understand a little better why. Go there yet quiet, enjoy what you see and what you provided and makes you fail to drukover that rude natives that you encounter on your way. Sometimes, this is also your own attitude. Think, if necessary, to the wijzw words of our super politician Jaffar: "Frankrijkis a beautiful country. Too bad that it is populated by French! "
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  • Level landscapes, he don't y Arian complaints, it's beautiful though the cities and roads could be better maintained. By against, hospitality and the mentality of most of the inhabitants is deplorable. They forget that they are tourists who make them largely live. Without the Sun and the sea, most large world would go at this kind of characters...
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  • It is in our opinion the best Department in the South of France (with the Drôme provençale). Less concrete in the Alpes-Maritimes, Var is characterized by a very wide range of very varied landscapes. Having lived 3 years in the PACA region, we visited virtually all sites known and less known in this region. Side sea, do not miss the creeks of the Esterel where photos lovers will be thrilled. Of the month of may, the road which runs along the sea is often very loaded, so be patient. Unfortunately, the car parks on each site are very limited in terms of capacity, a very early morning visit is recommended. Fréjus in St Tropez, hell as the landscape is more interesting. There are opportunities to get there by boat (it's cheap too) which is much more convenient. In the back country, you will find a multitude of pretty villages with houses of old stones, its streets, its fountains, its bars and terraces, its restaurants and its souvenir shops. The visit of the gorges of the Verdon is a must as well as a few Lakes waters crystal clear turquoise blue color. The traffic is much more fluid than on the coast even in high season.
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