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Top Choice Monastery in Massif des Maures

Monastère de la Verne

The majestic 12th-century Monastère de la Verne sits on a forested ridge in the Massif des Maures, rising like an island of honeyed stone in a sea of green. The Carthusian institution was founded in 1170, possibly o…
Top Choice French in Collobrières

La Petite Fontaine

Locals travel from miles around to sit at a tree-shaded table on place de la République and feast on daube de boeuf (beef stew), forest mushrooms and house-made terrine, at one of southern France’s most charming, re…
Mediterranean in Massif des Maures

Relais du Vieux Sauvaire

There are few more dramatic approaches to a restaurant than the rough, superbly scenic rte des Crêtes, with its alternating glimpses of the coast and inland Provence. It's worth the drive even if you can't get a tab…
Food in Collobrières

Meni & Fils

Meni (Gerard) and son make an astonishing array of sausages, terrines, cured meats and pre-prepared dishes in this tiny shop, the very image of an artisanal French charcuterie/boucherie. If you have access to a kitc…
Wildlife Reserve in Massif des Maures

Village des Tortues

This sanctuary protects one of France’s most endangered species, the Hermann tortoise (Testudo hermanni) today found only in the Massif des Maures and on Corsica. In summer, the best time to see the tortoises is in …
French in Collobrières

Ferme de Peïgros

Treat yourself to real mountain food: wild boar, pheasant, capon, kid, cèpes (porcini mushrooms) and other delicacies. Finish with chestnut ice cream and superb views at this goat farm, 1.8km along a gravel track fr…
Food in Collobrières

Confiserie Azuréenne

This local producer of chestnut products has a well-stocked shop of marrons glacés (candied chestnuts), chestnut ice cream, crème de marrons (chestnut cream) and chestnut liqueur. There's also a small, free museum s…
French in Massif des Maures

Auberge de la Môle

Tradition rules fierce and strong at this no-frills village inn, which doubles as the local bar-tabac (cafe-tobacconist). For locals, this is the place to appease hearty appetites with legendary terrines, pâtés and …
French in Collobrières

La Farigoulette

Local produce – especially chestnuts, which appear in soups, crème brûlée, and many other dishes when they're in season – is a feature of the excellent cooking at this small, welcoming restaurant. Decor features til…