The Var offers a wide variety of beaches

First of all, choose between the two main criteria: small isolated coves or large family beaches?

Then decide whether you prefer pebbles or white sand, or grey sand or red pebbles..
Beaches with access for people with disabilities, such as Plage de l'Argentière in La Londe, showers, such as at Plage de la Croisette, shaded beaches with pine forests behind, beaches sheltered from the Mistral, such as Plage de la Capte, private beaches with deckchairs, secret beaches, beaches with restaurants, naturist beaches, such as on Ile du Levant, wild beaches or beaches with water sports activities nearby. To do all this, opt for the communes with the France Station Nautique label and their beaches: Plage d'Agay in Saint-Raphël, La Plage de Fréjus, La Grande Plage in Cavalaire, La Plage Dorée in Sanary, La Plage des Lecques in Saint-Cyr, etc

Whatever happens, the most beautiful beaches in the Var are not far away, the sun will be out and the water temperature will be more than pleasant. You're sure to find the beach in the Var that's just right for you.

All the communes in the department are working hard to ensure that the beaches in the Var are the most beautiful in France!

Plage de la Croix Valmer Var

Discover the beaches of the Var on the coastal path

It combines physical activity with discovering the beaches of the Var.

A large part of the Var coastline, islands and mainland, is accessible via the coastal path. Along theway, discover unspoilt nature,secret beaches , and enjoy the smell of iodine and pine trees! Although the local authorities make great efforts to develop the paths, winter storms can sometimes damage certain stretches. Check with the Tourist Office before you set off.

On selected sections of this trail, you can combine walking with swimming and picnic stops, or beach restaurants.

So get out your trainers and swimming costumes!

Sentier du littoral du Var

The beaches of the Var in good health thanks to posidonia

These are the ' weeds ' at the bottom of the sea that tickle our feet, that many people avoid when swimming and that some people don't like because they give the water a dark colour. It is also found on the edges of beaches, brown once dried, laid out in thick mats at the water's edge. For some, this makes the beach look "dirty"... On the contrary, posidonia is a sign of healthy water, and there's nothing more natural than that! Posidonia is a marine plant (not algae) that is very fragile and sensitive to pollution. It is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea.

The Posidonia meadow is an essential ecosystem for marine life. It is the lungs of the Mediterranean, a veritable nursery and habitat. As a swell attenuator and a brake on marine currents, it protects and limits the retreat of the coastline. Posidonia retreats over the years. The beautiful turquoise colour of the water is due to the sandy seabed. Sometimes this is natural, sometimes it means that the Posidonia has disappeared. It is essential to protect it. In certain areas, for example, it is forbidden for boats to drop anchor or for bathers to cross. Preserving the seagrass is everyone's business.

Posidonie et étoiles de mer dans le Var

Beach restaurants

To enjoy the beach in a different way, don't hesitate to take a seat in one of the many beach restaurants, where you can enjoy a delicious meal with your feet in the water! (or almost...)

Most of them also offer deckchair hire, and sometimes paddle and pedalo hire too...

And the good news is that aperitifs can also be enjoyed on the beach...

For lunch or dinner, the best beach restaurants on the Var's most beautiful beaches await you!

All the beaches in the Var


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