The most beautiful châteaux in the Var

France is full of châteaux, particularly in the south of the country, where history is rich and historic monuments numerous. Let's set off to discover the the most beautiful châteaux in the VarA journey back in time through the magnificent landscapes of Provence.

Lourmarin Castle

Le Lourmarin castle stands out as the first Renaissance château in Provence. Built in two parts, one during the 15th century and the second during the 16th century, this château has a particular elegance, due mainly to its Italianate loggia.

Today, the Renaissance wing is open to visitors all year round, and many events are organised there. In summer, many artists take up residence here, and concerts are also held on the terraces of what is now known as 'La Petite Villa Médicis de Provence'.

The château at Allemagne-en-Provence

Le château d'Allemagne-en-Provence is aptly named, since the exceptional architecture of this medieval castle is clearly inspired by the Northern European style. But a visit to this 12th-century building also reveals its deep Provençal roots.

Today, the castle is still inhabited, but the Himmel family are offering a guided tour to help you understand the history of this historic monument.

Château Saint-Roux

Le Château Saint-Roux is an ancient farmhouse dating back to the 15th century, and takes its name from the orange and vermeil hues of its soil. After falling into ruin over the centuries, it was completely rebuilt using the original stones, and is now one of France's heritage treasures.

With its focus on ecology and respect for the terroir, the Saint-Roux estate offers a wide range of activities directly linked to nature and the land. You can make cheese from the milk of the estate's goats, pick vegetables from the organic vegetable garden, or taste a fine organic wine, all in a magnificent setting.

Entrecasteaux castle

Directly inspired by the châteaux of Versailles and the French-style gardens of gardener Le Nôtre, the château d'Entrecasteaux is a jewel of Provencal heritage dating back to the 11th century. This ancient medieval fortress, completely destroyed in the 13th century and rebuilt in the 17th century, has belonged to the great names of the French aristocracy.

Over the years, the owners extended the property, before it was bought by the commune and left to fall into disrepair. Since 2000, the estate's new modern-day lord and master has been working hard to restore and embellish this treasure of France's historic heritage.

Berne Castle

Located in the hinterland of Provence, the Bern Castle The origins of the estate date back to Roman times, and from the 12th century it passed through the hands of several owners. It was during the 19th century that its new owner decided to extend the estate and modernise the winegrowing, before it was once again abandoned.

Bought out in 1995, the Berne estate The estate now comprises 175 hectares of organically-farmed vines, producing AOC Côtes de Provence wines. It also boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, a 5-star Relais & Châteaux hotel, and a vast estate ideal for walking and relaxing.

Sauvan Castle

Nicknamed the "Little Trianon of Provence", the Sauvan castle is one of the finest examples of 18th-century classical architecture. This historic monument is a haven of tranquillity and greenery, but it suffered a long period of decline throughout the 19th century. Fortunately, it was taken in hand by new owners at the end of the twentieth century, narrowly avoiding collapse.

Today, the original furnishings are gradually being reassembled in the château and the exterior has been refurbished, making for a very pleasant visit for walkers.

Les Baux-de-Provence castle

In the heart of the Alpilles Château des Baux-de-Provence is built on a rocky spur. Overlooking the village, the 5-hectare estate offers breathtaking views of the whole of Provence.

Open to the public, the château can be visited with or without a guide, to discover its tumultuous history from the 12th century to the present day.

The Bertrands castle

A former hunting lodge, the château des Bertrands is located in the heart of the Plaine des Maures Nature Reserve. Now part of the Berne vineyards, the estate covers 200 hectares, 80 of which are organically farmed.

The château takes full advantage of the sunny Provencal terroir to produce exceptional red, white and rosé wines. But Château des Bertrands is also a BastideA holiday in Provence, in the peace and quiet of the hinterland.

Just a stone's throw from Saint-Tropez and its fine sandy beaches, the Var castles are an opportunity to learn about the history of Provence, while enjoying the picturesque setting and tranquillity of the area.