La Vista’s surroundings

On the shores of the Mediterranean, one of those lands bathed in light, discreet Provence and the legendary Riviera come together to the song of the cicada. The odour of pine, the sound of water, the heat of the sun, the flavours of the land’s bounty and the deep blue sea…
Let your senses show you the way, the journey starts here and now…

Green or Blue? Between an extraordinary coastal strip that stretches from one end of the region to the other, and a succession of wooded ranges: the inland countryside of rivers, lakes, waterfalls and gorges, fields of vines, gardens, garrigue…


at 12 km

The coastal resort of Bandol is without a doubt the most coveted seaside town in the west of the Var, an area that we call Provence, like its celebrated rosé wine. As for the beaches of Bandol, the choice is large and not always easy to make!

Our favourite is Renécros beach with its white sand, even though a number of buildings give it a slightly too modern look. You can also find a few small hidden creeks in Bandol if you explore the coastal path that goes all the way to Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer. The Centrale beach and the Casino beach are also very pleasant with wonderful expanses of sand. Ne ratez pas la plage du Barry. C’est à cet endroit que le fameux commandant Cousteau a effectué ses premiers essais du scaphandre en 1943.

The island of Bendor is also one of Bandol’s attractions, even though the island is minuscule (it only takes 10 minutes to walk around it on foot) and its small port is a touch too kitsch…

Shuttles from the port of Bandol provide access to the island (quite a dear trip in our view, even dogs have to pay for their ticket!).

In our view, the island of Embiez in Six-Four-les-Plages is more interesting.


at 15 km

Sanary-sur-Mer, a seaside resort in the Var department, is particularly popular in summer. Outside this period, the atmosphere is very different and calmer. Its center is typical of Provence, with pretty, colorful boats in the harbor.

Sanary sur Mer has 8 beaches, the largest of which is close to Bandol (“plage Dorée”). Tourists appreciate this beach for its beautiful views over the island of Bendor. The Gorguette beach follows on from this. But our favorite is in Portissol Bay.

Sanary sur Mer is close to the magnificent calanques of Marseille and Cassis. Boats leave from the port of Sanary to discover them.

The ile des Embiez off the coast of Sanary is accessible from the small port of Le Brusc (Six Fours les Plages). There are numerous coves. Allow a full day to visit (we recommend renting bicycles).

If you’d like to enjoy a magnificent view of Sanary Bay, head for Le Gros Cerveau. The latter is a rocky peak culminating at 400 metres.


at 15 km

Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer is a small, typically Provençal village in the Var department, bordering the seaside resorts of the Bouches du Rhône.. St-Cyr’s seafront is called Les Lecques (2 km to the south-west). This is the busiest area in summer, especially around the port.
As for beaches in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, Plage des Lecques is the largest. It extends over 1.4 km, with different areas to suit different tastes (sand, pebbles, private beaches, water sports, etc.). To the east is the calanque of Port d’Alon, which gives a foretaste of the calanques of Marseille and Cassis. It is easily accessible by parking (very expensive …). The bravest can take the coastal path. We also have Reinette beach, at the start of the coastal path, which is less well-known than its neighbors. A little corner of tranquillity…

Porquerolles Island

at 1h30

A little further from the villa, but a little paradise: Notre-Dame beach has just been voted Europe’s most beautiful beach by European Best Destination, ahead of Navagio beach in Greece and Zlatni beach in Croatia. If you don’t know Porquerolles and the Golden Isles, go there! The beaches are each more beautiful than the last, and the island is still very wild. On the program: pine forest, cicadas, the scent of eucalyptus and mimosa. If the blue water looks unreal in the photo, you’ve never been to Porquerolles. A guaranteed favorite!


By plane

Toulon – Hyère airport (50km / 45min)
Marseille – Provence airport (74km / 60min)

By train

Bandol SNCF train station (11km / 20min)
Toulon SNCF train station (26km / 25min)
Marseille train station (50km / 45min)

By boat

Porquerolles Island (60km / 1h30min, including 30min crossing)