Var (river)

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Rooftops of Entrevaux and the gorge of the Var
Native name Le Var
Country France
Physical characteristics
Main source Maritime Alps
1,800 m (5,900 ft)
River 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)
Length 114 km (71 mi)
  • Average rate:
    50 to 100 m3/s (1,800 to 3,500 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 2,742 km2 (1,059 sq mi)

The Var (Occitan: Var, Italian: Varo, 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. 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: