The delightful village of Villar-sur-Var winds its way up the vineyard-covered hillside just off the RN202. The quiet village has beautiful old houses, a mairie, church, post office and a café. The former railway station now houses a small chocolate factory and an excellent restaurant which makes its own pasta. The shady square has a fountain where locals gather to chat on the old stone benches. The Var River runs below the village along the valley which is lined with fig, maple, acacia and poplar trees.
The village is on several good hiking trails including the Grande Randonnee (GR) trail. Local hikes are signposted from the town square to Chapelle St Jean, Sarzit, Thiery, Suyet and Massoins.
There are plenty of local wineries in the Villars-sur-Var holiday area and wine tasting is almost obligatory! These are the only vineyards in the département to be awarded the coveted "appellation d'origine contrôlée" (A.O.C.) of the "Côtes de Provence".
The area around your holiday rental in Villers-sur-Var is perfect for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, swimming, kayaking, fishing and canyoning. Nearby are the lovely beaches and classy towns of the Cote d’Azur.
Pot-holing or spelunking is popular in this mountainous area. One of the best spots is the Grottes de la Mescla near the village of Malaussene, 6km east of your holiday cottage in Villars-sur-Var.
Sospel stands at the entrance to the beautiful Roya Valley on the scenic River Bevera. It has a stone bridge which was originally built in the 11th century linking the two sides of the town. Above the village are the tower and ruins of the 14th century castle. The medieval houses have beautiful frescoes and there are some particularly lovely houses clustered around the Church of St Michael.
Nice is a popular resort on the French Riviera particularly during the summer months. It is an easy 50 km drive from your holiday rental in Villars-sur-Var. It has a medieval town centre with some grand architecture as well as museums, shops, restaurants and beaches. Highlights are the port, the Palais de Justice and the domed Cathedral of Sainte-Reparate.
The climate in the Cote d’Azur has mild temperatures and warm sunny weather in the summer with average temperatures reaching 26°C (79°F). The Alpes-Maritime climate means that winters are mild with daytime highs of 11°C (52°F).
The nearest airport to your holiday rental in Villars-sur-Var is Nice (NCE) Airport, 50 km away. The fast TGV trains connect with the Eurostar from London and run down to Nice, making this an easy way to reach the area by train in less than 5 hours. A hire car is useful for exploring the local area.