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The Var’s rocky outcrops, mountain brooklets, very dense forests, luscious vineyards, undulating hills and beaches with bronzing bodies, make for patchwork of a landscape, no two areas look alike or offer the same attractions. The Var is actually home to

Hostellerie de L'Abbaye de La selle

Hostellerie de L’Abbaye de La selle

Hostellerie de l'Abbaye de La selle

Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de La selle

Les Gorges du Verdon

Les Gorges du Verdon

Le Haut Pave in Hyeres

Le Haut Pave in Hyeres

Fish at Le Haut Pave

Fish at Le Haut Pave

Le Haut Pave Restaurant in Hyeres

Le Haut Pave Restaurant in Hyeres

Le Couvent des Minimes

Le Couvent des Minimes

Hotel / Spa Le Couvent des Minimes

Hotel / Spa Le Couvent des Minimes

The Swimming pool at Le Couvent des Minimes

The Swimming pool at Le Couvent des Minimes

La Bastide de Moustiers

La Bastide de Moustiers

La Bastide Moustiers

La Bastide Moustiers

The dining room at La Bastide de Moustiers

The dining room at La Bastide de Moustiers

Hotel du Soleil in Hyeres

Hotel du Soleil in Hyeres

some of the cote d’Azur’s most famous port towns – St Tropez, St Raphael and Frejus. If you ever get tired of seaside frivolity head out north to the mountains of Haute Provence, where the chocolate-box capital of faience pottery, Moustiers Sainte-Marie, provides a dramatic getaway to the beautiful Gorges du Verdon and ever -rolling lavender fields and olive groves.

Where to stay and dine

L’Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de la Celle

Alain Ducasse   manages the restaurant  in this 18th-century Benedictine abbey turned – country inn. The chef Benoit Witz’s Provencal cuisine earned a Michelin star in 2006 and the verdant gardens contain 80 varieties of wine. ( 10 place du General de Gaulle, 83170) http://www.abbaye-celle.com

Hotel du Soleil, Hyeres

The decor is old- fashioned but the welcome is warm, the location is central ( in the old town), Wi-Fi is free and the rates are pretty reasonable. ( Rue du Rampart) http://www.hoteldusoleil.com

Le couvent des Minimes, Mane

Set in a formal Medieval convent, this very chic hotel has sumptuous rooms, two excellent restaurants frequented by the locals, and the world’s first Occitane spa. Mane 04300. http://www.couventdesminimes-hotelspa.com

La Bastide de Moustiers

The country setting of this Auberge is absolutely gorgeous. Service is a five- star, the rooms are very comfortable and the cuisine created by Alain Souliac, one of Ducasse’s protege is deeply satisfying. ( Chemin de Quinson, 04360, Moustiers-Sainte Marie) http://www.bastide-moustiers.com

A great place to eat in Hyeres, Le Haut du Pave

The fish was perfectly cooked, Provencal specialties, fine wine, medieval vaults and very friendly service, one of the best places to eat in Hyeres. (Place Massillon) 04-94-35-20-98

Anne Suire

Fall Provence Tours/ thanksgiving 2015