Massif des Maures
Shrouded by a forest of pine, chestnut and cork oak trees, the Massif des Maures arcs inland between Hyères and Fréjus. Roamed by wild boars, its near-black vegetation gives rise to its name, derived from the Provençal word mauro (dark pine wood). Traditional industries (chestnut harvests, cork, pipe-making) are their lifeblood.
Les Arcs-sur-Argens & La Motte
Collobrières & Around
The tourist office lists area gîtes (cottages) and B&Bs online.
Village des Tortues
About 20km north of Collobrières, this tortoise village protects one of France’s most endangered species, the Hermann tortoise (Testudo hermanni). Once common along the Mediterranean coast, it is today found only in the Massif des Maures and Corsica.
La Garde Freinet
Local traditions unfold in the village of La Garde Freinet (topped by 13th-century ruins of Fort Freinet) at the environment-driven Conservatoire du Patrimoine du Freinet, which hosts exhibitions (flora, fauna, cork harvesting) and organises themed discovery walks (adult/child €9/4.