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Top Choice Monastery in Massif des Maures

Monastère de la Verne

The majestic 12th-century Monastère de la Verne sits on a forested ridge in the Massif des Maures, rising like an island of honeyed stone in a sea of green. The Carthusian institution was founded in 1170, possibly o…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Lorgues

Chez Bruno

If truffles are the most divine of ingredients, then Chez Bruno is their high temple. It's just 2.5km southeast of Lorgues; drive through giant truffle-sculptured gates to the grounds of an 18th-century estate that …
Top Choice Abbey in Lorgues

Abbaye de Thoronet

The simplest but most beautiful of 'The Sisters' (a trio of great Provençal Cistercian abbeys including Silvacane and Notre-Dame de Sénanque), Thoronet, built between 1160 and 1190, is a masterpiece of sacred archit…
Top Choice Gardens in Corniche des Maures

Domaine du Rayol

Growing continuously since its conception in 1910, this stunning garden, with plants from all Mediterranean climates, is wonderful for a stroll or a themed nature walk. The dense flora cascades down the hillside to …
Top Choice Seafood in Cap de Carqueiranne

L’Oursinado

Dreams of perfect Provençal holidays centre around places like L’Oursinado, a secluded fantasy of a restaurant tucked amongst the pines on a cliff above the tiny port of Les Oursinières. The sea views are pure Med m…
Top Choice Seafood in Corniche de l’Estérel

Les Flots Bleus

Midway along the Corniche de l'Esterel, Les Flots Bleus fits the dream vision of a roadside Mediterranean eatery, with fine sea views from its terrace and a wide-ranging seafood menu. Favourites include oysters, cat…
Top Choice Church in Les Arcs-sur-Argens

Chapelle Sainte-Roseline

A 1975 mosaic by Marc Chagall illuminates this 13th-century Romanesque chapel, 4.5km east of Les Arcs-sur-Argens. The church contains a crystal shrine holding the corpse of St Roseline (1263–1329), who was born at t…
Top Choice French in Les Arcs-sur-Argens

Logis du Guetteur

This serious restaurant perches at the summit of Les Arcs in a 12th-century château. In winter, dine in the renovated cave beneath paintings of white peacocks and cornucopia; in summer, sit on the terrace, with view…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Tourtour

Les Chênes Verts

On the road between Tourtour and the equally lovely Haut-Var village of Villecroze is a turn-off you might easily miss, unawares. Yet the 'The Green Oaks' holds a Michelin star, courtesy of chef Paul Bajade's way wi…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Correns

Vallon Sourn

The protected Vallon Sourn, where the swift waters of the Argens have cut a picturesque canyon from the soft rock, is a haven for for walking, cycling, canoeing, wild swimming and even rock climbing (although be war…