Aups is a magnificent small town in the Var countryside. Forming a natural amphitheatre, Aups has a wonderful atmosphere of containment, guarded by the watchtower which still stands tall above the Aups skyline. Situated in the Alps, Aups benefits from crisp, country air, breathtaking scenery and picturesque streets filled with historic houses, villas and chateaux.
Wandering through the streets of Aups is hugely relaxing. The town is littered with small, shaded squares lined with ancient fountains and traditional cafes in which to sit and recuperate after a hard morning sightseeing, shopping or hiking. The feudal castle and square watchtower which dominate the Aups skyline are well worth investigating and the Chapelle Notre Dame de la Deliverance cannot fail to charm.
There are some beautiful trails to walk in the Aups area. However, the surrounding countryside is a region of dense farming and walkers must be careful when crossing private farmland and vineyards. Details of possible routes can be found in guides at Aups tourist information centre. Among the best trails in the area include the looped route into the Montagne des Espiguieres and the trails into the Salernes, Villacroze and Tourtour forests. Mountain biking and horse riding holidays are almost unrivalled in Aups too, as there are some magnificent routes towards the Lake of Ste Croix (a beautiful fishing lake) and the Torrent La Grave.
During the winter (from November until February), the village become a hive of activity every Thursday morning as the famous black truffle market sets up shop. People take self catering accommodation in Aups purely to sample the produce sold at the Thursday market, as Aups boasts some of the finest quality black truffles in the whole of France.
A holiday rental villa in Aups is just 60kms from the beaches of the Provence and 80kms from the ski resorts of the Alps. In summer, day trips to the beautiful beaches of Frejus or Saint Maxime are a wonderful way to explore slightly more of the Var department and spend a lazy day on some of the best beaches in Europe at the same time!
In summer, average temperatures in Aups soar. During July and August you can expect temperatures to reach the mid 30’s (˚C) on the majority of day, which makes an Aups villa with a pool an almost priceless commodity. Even during the winter months temperatures remain mild, often reaching around 15˚C during the day.
Travelling to your Aups holiday rental is not hard although the village is located in a very rural location. The closest airports to receive direct flights from the UK are Marseilles (MRS) and Toulon-Hyeres (TLN), which receive flights from the UK provided by many ‘no frills’ airlines, although the majority land in Marseille. The best option from there is to take a hire car despite there being a range of alternatives including busses, trains and taxis.