Rooftops of Entrevaux and the gorge of the Var
|Native name||Le Var|
|Main source||Maritime Alps
1,800 m (5,900 ft)
|River mouth||Mediterranean Sea
|Basin size||2,742 km2 (1,059 sq mi)|
|Length||114 km (71 mi)|
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. Its main tributaries are the Cians, the Tinée, the Vésubie, the Coulomp, the Estéron, the Tuébi, the Chalvagne, the Barlatte, the Bourdous and the Roudoule.
The Var flows through the following départements and towns:
- Alpes-Maritimes: Guillaumes
- Alpes-de-Haute-Provence: Entrevaux
- Alpes-Maritimes: Puget-Théniers, Carros, Saint-Laurent-du-Var
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