Attractions

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 Abbey in Lorgues

Abbaye de Thoronet

The simplest but most beautiful of 'The Sisters' (a trio of great Provençal Cistercian abbeys including Silvacane and Notre-Dame de Sénanque), Thoronet, built between 1160 and 1190, is a masterpiece of sacred archit…
Top Choice Gardens in Corniche des Maures

Domaine du Rayol

Growing continuously since its conception in 1910, this stunning garden, with plants from all Mediterranean climates, is wonderful for a stroll or a themed nature walk. The dense flora cascades down the hillside to …
Top Choice Church in Les Arcs-sur-Argens

Chapelle Sainte-Roseline

A 1975 mosaic by Marc Chagall illuminates this 13th-century Romanesque chapel, 4.5km east of Les Arcs-sur-Argens. The church contains a crystal shrine holding the corpse of St Roseline (1263–1329), who was born at t…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Correns

Vallon Sourn

The protected Vallon Sourn, where the swift waters of the Argens have cut a picturesque canyon from the soft rock, is a haven for for walking, cycling, canoeing, wild swimming and even rock climbing (although be war…
Top Choice National Park in Île de Port-Cros

Parc National de Port-Cros

France’s first marine national park, dating to 1963, Port-Cros boasts exceptional marine fauna and flora, which makes it a snorkelling paradise. It comprises 17 sq km of land (mainly the Île de Port-Cros and Île de …
Top Choice Historic Site in Hyères

Vieille Ville

Over 2000 years of human habitation are layered in Hyères’ attractive old town, which begins on the western side of place Georges Clemenceau at the 13th-century Porte Massillon. West along cobbled rue Massillon is r…
Cave in Massif de la Ste-Baume

Grotte de Ste-Madeleine

A 40-minute forest trail leads from La Ste-Baume to the Grotte de Ste-Madeleine (950m), a mountain cave where Mary Magdalene is said to have spent the last years of her life. Its entrance offers a breathtaking panor…
Museum in Toulon

Musée de la Marine

Toulon has a long naval history, and remains an important commercial and military port. This historic portside building holds a very good, modern seafaring museum with exhibits, models and paintings illustrating the…
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 …