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VAR – Gulf de Saint Tropez, the peninsula and its villages …

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The Gulf de Saint Tropez enjoys a colourful and timeless beauty, it is quite simply a heavenly retreat. Perhaps little known is the fact that 62% of the Var region is wooded, making it the most wooded department of France, with its protected coastline and umbrella pins balancing over crystal clear waters.

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Drive from Ramatuelle, a medieval walled village hosting an annual summer jazz festival, along the stretching white sands of Pamplonne home to a number of beach clubs including Plage de l’Escalet, along to Gassin, where you’ll find some of the smallest streets in the world and glorious views over the golf. The Haras de Gassin polo ground is a perfect way to pass a hot summer afternoon and is open to the public.

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Walk through the ancient streets of the small town of Grimaud with its Château or take a browse around the antique market every Sunday in Jas de Robert with its fascinating array of antiques, not forgetting to buy your produce at the lively Saint Tropez markets held on Tuesdays and Saturdays – there so many ways to soak up the atmosphere of this wonderful region.

Emma Horsley and Marcella McCracken