The sleepy village of Varages is situated in the western part of the Haut-Var region of France, and is regarded as the gateway to the spectacular Verdon Gorge. Varages is still something of an undiscovered gem and does not become overrun by tourists, so offers a more authentic French holiday destination for those seeking to experience a traditional French way of life.
Varages is perhaps best known for its production ofearthenware – known as faience – and this has been a mainstay of the local economy since the late 18th century. The village pottery museum is usually the first point of call for visitors to Varages, and provides a basic introduction to the art, as well as the chance to pick up some souvenirs.
There are several sights of interest around Varages, including the ruins of the old village castle and the church of Notre Dame de Nazareth, as well as the many fountains found in the open squares. Varages also has a decent selection of amenities, most of which are found along the narrow streets and in the squares. The vast majority of these are traditional French businesses, and provide the perfect opportunity to sample the local produce and brush up on your French speaking skills. Shops include bakers, butchers and small supermarkets, whilst there are also two cafe-bars and two restaurants for those that prefer to dine out.
Many of the houses around the village centre date back to the 16th and 17th centuries – and this includes some of the Varages holiday accommodation options. As a result, these buildings provide an authentic and conveniently located base for exploring this attractive village and the surrounding region.
More amenities, including larger supermarkets, can be found a ten-minute drive away in the market town of Barjols (10km), but extra shopping opportunities are not the only reason to head to this peaceful destination. Barjols also has some impressive architecture, a number of museums and a tourist office that can provide you with all the information you require to make the most of your stay in the Haut-Var region.
The most popular time of the year in which to visit Varages is the period between May and September, and this also coincides with the best weather. Temperatures during this period can range from 20°C to 35°C, with a daily average temperature of 27°C. Autumn and winter temperatures are mild and still more than pleasant for a visit.
A flight to Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) is the best option for the majority of UK-based visitors to Varages. The airport receives flights from British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair, and is 82km from Varages – a journey that takes a little over an hour by car.