Don't Miss: Wonderful Roadways
The D14 runs through Collobrières, the largest town in the massif and the chestnut capital of the universe, and is graced with superb panoramas. It’s a particularly popular route for cyclists. Similarly dramatic, the D39 from Collobrières soars north to Notre Dame des Anges (780m) before plunging down to Gonfaron. Running parallel to the D14, the N98 skims through vineyards and cork oak plantations from St-Tropez to Bormes-les-Mimosas.
From La Môle – where you can find a delicious meal at Auberge de la Môle – the breathtakingly narrow Col du Canadel (D27) dives dramatically to the coast, dishing up unbeatable views of the Massif des Maures, coastline and offshore islands.
Worth a Trip: Route des Cretes
For breathtaking views of the islands, follow rte des Crêtes as it winds its way through maquis-covered hills some 400m above the sea. From Bormes-les-Mimosas, follow the D41 uphill (in the direction of Collobrières) past the Chapelle St-François and, 1.5km north of the village centre, turn immediately right after the sign for Col de Caguo-Ven (237m).
The Relais du Vieux Sauvaire is the hidden gem of these hills. With dreamy 180-degree views, this restaurant and pool (most people come for lunch and then stay all afternoon) is one of a kind. The food is as sunny as the views: pizzas, melon and Parma ham, or whole sea bass in salt crust.
Past the restaurant, rte des Crêtes joins the final leg of the panoramic Col du Canadel road. On the col (mountain pass), turn left to descend into the heart of the forested Massif des Maures, or right to the sea and the coastal Corniche des Maures (D559).