Var Provence Cruise Club
The VAR PROVENCE CRUISE CLUB, 12 ports to enjoy VARiety!
The VAR PROVENCE CRUISE CLUB (VPCC) will exhibit at the Seatrade Cruise Global, the cruise industry Premier Global event that will take place from 14 to 17 March at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. VPCC’s booth will be part of the “French Pavillon”, a 150 square meters space that will gather French ports and Cruise Clubs leaders on the market.
Long ago, the Var department was considered as a gateway to the French Riviera and major cities such as Marseille or Aix-en-Provence; today, the treasures of the Var are well known by the cruise lines who enjoy the authenticity of the area: the Var department has kept its nature preserved, and has the most beautiful sandy beaches surrounded by pine forests of the Mediterranean Coast. Also, its typical hilltop villages and fishing ports attract visitors who are seeking breathtaking sites and gastronomical local products.
But what is unique is the variety of shore experiences the Var has to offer. From its coastline to its countryside, from its hills to its mountains, visitors can find luxury but also simplicity: go shopping at Saint-Tropez, meet locals for a “petanque” game, swim in the Golden Islands… anything is within reach!
Currently, the VPCC brings together 12 ports located along the Med Coast: Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, Sanary-sur-Mer, Bandol, Les Embiez, Toulon/La Seyne-sur-Mer, Hyères, Porquerolles, Le Lavandou, Cavalaire, Saint-Tropez, Fréjus and Saint-Raphaël. Each port has its own specificity, its own heritage, and that’s the reason why not one call is the same!
Launched in 2008, by the Var General Council and the Var Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI VAR), the ports members of the VPCC will accommodate 294 cruise ships in 2016 (+10% compared to 2015, and +84% compared to 2008), reaching approximatively 400 000 passengers. Sanary-sur-Mer and Toulon/La Seyne-sur-Mer will both achieve an astonishing year in 2016 with a respective increase of 62% and 17% of their calls compared to the previous year.
For all those reasons, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is the 2d touristic region of France, behind Paris’ area; in 2014, the Var itself has been ranked number 1 of the “30 places to be seen in Europe” by the Travel Telegraph magazine; in 2013, Cruise Insight magazine voted Sanary-sur-Mer «Best destination experience, the pearl of the whole South of France». At least, 4 villages located in the Var (Tourtour, Seillans, Gassin, Bargème) have received the French National Label “One of the most beautiful villages of France”.