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The Var is part of the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. It borders the departments of Bouches-du-Rhône to the west, Vaucluse (a few hundred meters away), Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in the north, Alpes-Maritimes in the east, and is bathed by the Mediterranean Sea to the south.

VAR - Plage de la Coutarde

Var is formed from the County of Provence and is an area of 6032 km2 with 420 km of coastline (including islands). It is divided into nine districts. It extended to the eponymous river, which was a border between the County of Nice France.

But adding in 1860 the district of Grasse in the Alpes-Maritimes has changed the administrative geography, so that today the Var river no longer flows in the department that bears his name, but only in the Alps -de-Haute-Provence and Alpes-Maritimes!

Var and is the only French department named after a geographical feature that is not present in its territory.

With a Mediterranean climate, the Var is accustomed to extreme heat, however in 2003 and during the heat wave in July / August 2005, peak heat was such that many fires were reported, including taking a large part of the vegetation Massif des Maures. La Garde-Freinet and Plan de la Tour have been severely affected. While some fires were accidental, others were set on fire in several places volunteers in the region.

Toulon is statistically City metropolitan France's sunniest.