Key sites of the var

A wide range of activities are on offer with many tourist and cultural sites of interest.

View over Saint Tropez church and the sea

L’Annonciade museum

The Best Western Plus 4 star Montfleuri is an ideal base for discovering the museums of the Var département. A few worthwhile addresses await, such as the Tour Carrée in Ste. Maxime, or L’Annonciade museum in St. Tropez. The latter is dedicated to artists inspired by the town of St. Tropez, including Signac, Matisse and Derain. Founded in 1992, it was one of the most active focal points in avant-garde painting in the early 20th century. The exhibition includes paintings mainly from the pointilliste, nabis and fauve movements. It is now deemed the leading Contemporary Art museum in France.

Open daily except Tuesday: 10h00 – 13h00 and 14h00 – 18h00
L’Annonciade Museum
Rue Georges Clemenceau  
83990 Saint-Tropez

Phone : ​+33 4 94 17 84 10
cloister with visitors

Le Thoronet Abbey

Founded in 1160 by a community of monks, Le Thoronet Abbey stands testament to the first Cistercian presence in the region. Located in the delightful commune of Le Thoronet, the building is a wonderful example of how stone and light can be showcased to perfection.

Every detail blends seamlessly to create a historical decor that invites exploration and an aura that commands respect for this impressive building tucked away in the wooded valleys of the Var backcountry. It is one of the most remarkable abbeys belonging to the Order of Cîteaux.

Open daily:
1st April to 30 September, 10.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 18.30 p.m. Sundays) 
1st October to 31 March, 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. (10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. Sunday) 
Closed: 1st January, 1st May, 1st and 11 November, 25 December

Le Thoronet Abbey
83340 Le Thoronet
www.thoronet.monuments-nationaux.fr

Phone : ​+33 4 94 60 43 90
beach with bathers and view over the hills

Fréjus, city of art and history

Fréjus, the third largest city in the Var, is a commune of over 50,000 inhabitants, nestled between the massifs of Les Maures and Estérel.

The importance of its monuments make it a highly cultural city of art and history. The city’s amphitheatre, antique theatre, archaeological museum, Cathedral cloisters, etc. stand testament to the past. Art is also well represented by the many exhibitions organised all year round.

For more details: www.ville-frejus.fr

White sail boat, wooden masts

Events and happenings

  • Mimosa weekend, first weekend in February
  • Fête de la Bravade de Sainte-Maxime, 14 and 15 May
  • Fête de la Saint-Jean (mid-June) with its fireworks and Chinese lanterns
  • Wine harvest festival, 8 and 9 September
  • Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez sailing event, last weekend in September to first weekend in October
  • The Braderie St. Tropez, last weekend in October
  • Les Voiles d’Automne sailing event, first weekend in November
  • Rallye du Var car rally, last weekend in November
  • Olive and olive oil festival, 23 and 24 November
  • Festival of light, 4 December
  • Christmas market, second half of December
View of the sea and the port