Le Massif des Maures

The Massif des Maures is located along the coast between Hyères and Fréjus. It is 60 km long, 30 km wide and the highest peaks go up to 750 meters. The vegetation is typically Mediterranean with cortex oak, chestnut, pine, mimosa and Garrique.

Kaart Massif des Maures

A great way to explore the Massif des Maures, is the Route des Crètes. To get there, start in Rayol in the direction of the Col du Canadel. On top of the col you have a nice view on the coast. Take the road to the left, that turns sharply back. The maximum speed is 30 per hour over a length of about 25 kilometers. On the road map above this road is indicated with a red dotted line, but you can use it (if at least it has not been closed due to the fire hazard). The GR51 runs over or parallel to this route des Crètes. You have beautiful views of the coast and over the Interior.

vergezicht op Le Lavandou Haven Le Lavandou

brandgevaar in het Massif des MauresBecause of the drought, mainly in the summer and autumn, there is a great risk of forest fires, which brings the Massif in the picture every year again. The large green water tanks that you find anywhere in the area, provide for an initial stock of firewater. Even during our stay in April (still quite wet) we saw regularly aircrafts dropping water. Perhaps as an exercise?

In the Massif des Maures are further numerous small villages (see some car circuits on the map below) and a monastery: the Chartreuse de la Verne, that you reach by car or on foot  via a walk that starts at the Barrage de la Verne. We have already noted this hike for our next visit.

 Autotochten rond Saint-Tropez