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  • 1 Thoronet Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    D79 F - 83440 Le Thoronet

    Thoronet Abbey is located among oak trees in a wild and remote site between a river and a spring that fits right in with the austere rule of St. Bernard. The abbey affords a moment of serenity to those who come for a visit. It is the oldest of the th..

  • 2 Domaine du Rayol Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    av. des Belges F - 83820 Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer

    The exceptional Domaine du Rayol is one of the most beautiful sites on the Var coast. It takes its name from the stream that winds through its terraced slopes covered with cork oak, mimosa and pine trees. A vestige from an era of luxury, the Domaine ..

  • 3 Basilica of Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville F - 83470 Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume

    It was after the discovery of the tombs of St. Mary Magdalene and St. Maximin in the 13C that Charles d'Anjou built this basilica, a remarkable example of Gothic architecture. The exterior blends northern influences and local traditions. The interior..

  • 4 Sainte-Baume Massif Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83640 Le Plan-d'Aups

    This massif is the longest and highest of the Provencal range, reaching 1,147m at the Signal de la Sainte-Baume. The bare and arid south face rises gently from the Cuges lake basin to the 12km-long ridge line, offering a splendid panorama from Saint-..

  • 5 Baptistère de Fréjus Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Rue de Fleury F - 83600 Fréjus

    This square building, with 11m sides and topped with a dome that was reconstructed in the 19C is one of the oldest baptistries in France (5C). Inside, digs have restored the original marble floor. The bishop would have washed the feet of those being ..

  • 6 Bishopric buildings Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place Formigé F - 83600 Fréjus

    This fortified ensemble set in the heart of the medieval part of the town is comprised of the cathedral, the cloister and outbuildings, the baptistery, the bishop's palace and also houses the Archeology Museum. Access is through a doorway with two sc..

  • 7 L'Annonciade, Musée de St Tropez Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. Grammont F - 83990 Saint-Tropez

    This museum housed in a former 16C chapel exhibits collections (Georges-Grammont Donation) of first-class paintings from the Fauvist, Nabis and Pointillist movements (Signac, Matisse, Braque, Bonnard, Maximilien Luce). They are a reminder of the disc..

  • 8 St Tropez peninsula via the headlands Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D93 F - 83990 Saint-Tropez

    Miraculously preserved from developers (thanks to the Coastal Conservatoire) these 40km of coastline with rocky cliffs and long, fine-sand beaches offer exceptionally lovely walks. The whole route can be covered on foot (allow 11hr) or you can choose..

  • 9 Views from Vaumale Coombe Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83630 Aiguines

    This magnificent beech-lined Cirque Vaumale lies around 700m above Verdon. The best views of it are from the stretch of road running between the Balcons de la Mescla and Moustiers-Ste-Marie since here it reaches a peak height of 1 204m. You can also ..

  • 10 Col d'Illoire Pass Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83630 Aiguines

    This pass marks the end of the gorge and gives you a final chance to admire the Grand Canyon stretching uphill as far as the eye can see. The view below takes in a stunning horizon of blue-tinged mountain tops, including the ridge of the Mt Sainte Vi..

  • 11 Lac de Sainte-Croix Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83630 Les Salles-sur-Verdon

    This lake created at the edge of the Gorges du Verdon in 1975 covers 2 200ha. Its 10km of intensely blue-green waters are ideal for water sports. Lined with typical Provence villages and beaches, it also affords lovely views of the surrounding landsc..

  • 12 Toulon Harbour Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83000 Toulon

    Without a doubt one of the Mediterranean's prettiest harbours, boasting the attractions of both the sea and the mountains. A boat trip is the perfect way to see Toulon's military installations and the incredible sight of the town dominated by the mou..

  • 13 Massif des Maures Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83990 Saint-Tropez

    From the Hyères to St Raphaël, emerald-green vegetation reaches between the sea and the Gapeau and Argens valleys. Numerous resorts line the coast, affording additional viewpoints and charming landscapes; the Corniche des Maures is a magnificent road..

  • 14 Beach Promenade Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83400 Porquerolles

    Most of this walk is in the shade, on sandy paths carved out of the pine forests. The itinerary takes you along Courtade's fine sand beach then, after the Pointe du Lequin, turns sharply towards the sea and the lovely, huge and very remote Notre Dame..

  • 15 Exotic gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    52 bd du Jardin-Exotique MC - 98000 Monaco

    Clinging to the cliff, offering a view that extends as far as the Italian Riviera, the Jardin Exotique provides a rare change of scenery, with 900 varieties of beautiful semi-arid plants. Species include hundred-year-old cacti, euphorbias, giant aloe..

  • 16 Casino terrace Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    pl. du Casino MC - 98000 Monaco

    An oasis of palm trees, the casino terrace offers a splendid view of the coastline from Monaco to Bordighera. The surrounding gardens, adorned by the Hexa Grace, a work by Vasarely in enamelled volcanic rock, were laid out on the rooftops of the Spél..

  • 17 The Rock of Monaco Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Avenue St-Martin MC - 98000 Monaco

    Overlooking the sea, the rock (rocher) is crowned with the ramparts of the old town and has an almost theatrical feel. The attractive 16C-18C houses, all painted in the same bright salmon pink, are huddled together in a maze of pretty narrow streets...

  • 18 Musée Océanographique Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    av. St-Martin MC - 98000 Monaco

    The main attraction of the Oceanographic Museum is the spectacular aquarium, which houses 6 000 specimens. The highlight here is the "lagoon", an incredible reconstruction of a coral reef inhabited by large marine predators. Other interesti..

  • 19 Île St-Honorat Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Île St-Honorat F - 06400 Cannes

    This island is a private estate owned by the monastery and is partly covered by a beautiful pine, eucalyptus and cypress forest. The old monastery, which is lapped by the water on three sides, was built in 1073. The current monastery and church date ..

  • 20 Musée de la Mine de Cap-Garonne Interesting

    Museums and art

    1000 chemin Baou Rouge F - 83220 Le Pradet

    This copper source, mined from 1862 to 1917, has been converted into a mining museum. Sporting a hard hat, you will discover the work carried out by the miners from Piedmont, Italy and a fine collection of minerals from all over the world. Light and ..

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