Var (river)

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Var
Entrevaux-rooftops.jpg
Rooftops of Entrevaux and the gorge of the Var.
Origin Maritime Alps
Mouth Mediterranean Sea
43°39′13″N 7°11′59″E / 43.65361°N 7.19972°E / 43.65361; 7.19972 (Mediterranean Sea-Var)Coordinates: 43°39′13″N 7°11′59″E / 43.65361°N 7.19972°E / 43.65361; 7.19972 (Mediterranean Sea-Var)
Basin countries France
Length 114 km
Source elevation 1800 m
Avg. discharge 50-100 m³/s
Basin area 2,742 km²

The Var (Latin Varus) is a river located in the southeast of France. The name Var originates from the Ligurian word for waterway.[citation needed]

The Var flows through the Alpes-Maritimes département for most of its length, with a short (~15 km or ~9 mi) stretch in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence département. It is a unique case in France of a river not flowing in the département named after it (see Var).

The Var rises near the Col de la Cayolle (2,326 m/7,631 ft) in the Maritime Alps and flows generally southeast for 114 kilometres (71 mi) into the Mediterranean between Nice and Saint-Laurent-du-Var.

The Var flows through the following départements and towns:

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