If you’re looking for a holiday home or apartment in Gonfaron, HomeAway can make it easy to pick the rental that’s best for you. Holiday homes in Gonfaron are in a sublime natural landscape, where vineyards and olive groves mingle with dense forest and the hills of the Massif des Maures. Many Gonfaron apartments feature lovely views, and with most accommodation here you’ll have access to enclosed private gardens and pools. Inside you’ll have the amenities and appliances to make your stay as convenient as possible – most kitchens have dishwashers and Internet access means you can stay in touch while you’re on holiday.
-Local heritage. Gonfaron is surrounded by picturesque towns and villages, packed with historical interest. But one of the standout sights nearby is l’Abbaye du Thoronet, a Cistercian abbey from the 12th Century. It’s in an impressive state of preservation and displays great architectural expertise - for instance, the acoustics of the church were designed to complement the monks singing by creating long echoes.
-Natural scenery. Gonfaron is in the northern foothills of the Massif des Maures, a coastal mountain range that protects a huge diversity of wildlife, from boars, lizards and tortoises to peregrine falcons and a host of waterfowl in wetland areas. La Plaine des Maures is just to the east of Gonfaron and is a natural reserve encompassing a river system, perfect for tranquil walks and nature spotting.
-Gorges du Verdon. This remarkable natural landmark is compared to America’s Grand Canyon. People come to this spectacular stretch of the Verdon River for hikes, bike rides and kayak trips. If you’re a climber then it’s an essential day out, as the canyon offers countless pillars, sheer cliffs and walls, with more than 1000 different courses across a wide range of difficulty grades. The gorge is 25 kilometres in length and at one point has a depth of 700 metres.
-Food and drink. The market day is Thursday in Gonfaron – you can pick up fabulous fruit and vegetables, as well as buy some regional specialities like lavender oil, honey, goat cheese, dry fruit and nuts. The local olive oil is of premium quality and has earned AOC designation, while the Var department has two AOC wine regions, and many of the local vineyards produce rosé wines.
-Riviera. Celebrated resorts like Toulon, Hyères and Saint-Tropez are all within a reasonable drive of Gonfaron. One of the closest beaches is Almanarre on the Giens Peninsula, which is beautifully unspoiled location and frequented by windsurfers and other water sports enthusiasts for its lively breezes. From Hyères you can embark on a tour of the Îles d’Or, an archipelago of four islands much loved for their pristine nature.
There’s a Mediterranean climate in this region of France. So if you get to holiday accommodation in Gonfaron in summer there should be warm, dry weather, with temperatures tipping 30 degrees at the height of the season. Rain is almost unheard of until September or October. Autumn, like spring, is mild with more rain than summer and daily highs in the upper teens. Winters are moderately cool – temperatures don’t normally fall below freezing and climb to around ten degrees during the day.
The nearest international airport to Gonfaron is Toulon-Hyères (TLN), which is 45 minutes south of the village. As a relatively small airport, Toulon has a no more than a few seasonal connections to Britain. By car you can take the D12 to get onto the A57, exiting at junction 11 for Gonfaron. The other option for UK visitors to Gonfaron holiday homes is Marseille Provence (MRS), just over an hour to the west. This airport handles a wealth of routes from the UK, with airlines to suit all budgets.