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Massif des Maures mountains

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With a surface area of 135,000 hectares, the Massif des Maures mountains extends from Saint-Raphaël to Hyères. It reaches its peak at an altitude of 780 metres near the Notre-Dame-des-Anges priory. From this place, the view of the surrounding countryside is breathtaking. The vegetation of the Maures mountain range mainly consists of chestnut and cork oak forests, maquis (dense Mediterranean shrubland) and maritime pines. Between Le Lavandou and the Saint-Tropez peninsula, the 'Corniche des Maures' is a magnificent road running alongside the sea, dotted with pleasant seaside resorts, such as Cavalière, Le Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer ou encore Cavalaire-sur-Mer.

Rich in chestnut trees, the Massif des Maures mountains is famous for its specialities based on chestnuts, such as candied chestnuts and chestnut jam. Head to Collobrières, the main village in the Maures mountains, to find excellent candied chestnuts. A sweet chestnut festival is held there every year in October.

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Massif des Maures mountains

Escarcets lake (© Jean Espirat)
Escarcets lake (© Jean Espirat)
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The Saint Daumas Escarcets lake (© Jean Espirat)
The Saint Daumas Escarcets lake (© Jean Espirat)
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Ruisseau des Mines (© Jean Espirat)
Ruisseau des Mines (© Jean Espirat)
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Ruisseau des Mines (© Jean Espirat)
Ruisseau des Mines (© Jean Espirat)
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Another Creek Lake (© Jean Espirat)
Another Creek Lake (© Jean Espirat)
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the oldest tree in the Plaine des Maures (© Jean Espirat)
the oldest tree in the Plaine des Maures (© Jean Espirat)
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Roman bridge over the creek Mourgues (© Jean Espirat)
Roman bridge over the creek Mourgues (© Jean Espirat)
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Roman bridge over the creek Mourgues (© Jean Espirat)
Roman bridge over the creek Mourgues (© Jean Espirat)
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Scots Tulip - Plaine des Maures (© Jean Espirat)
Scots Tulip - Plaine des Maures (© Jean Espirat)
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Flora of the Plaine des Maures (© Jean Espirat)
Flora of the Plaine des Maures (© Jean Espirat)
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Flora of the Plaine des Maures (© Jean Espirat)
Flora of the Plaine des Maures (© Jean Espirat)
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Serapia neglecta - Plaine des Maures (© Jean Espirat)
Serapia neglecta - Plaine des Maures (© Jean Espirat)
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Chartreuse de la Verne (© Jean Espirat)
Chartreuse de la Verne (© Jean Espirat)
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Chartreuse de la Verne (© JE)
Chartreuse de la Verne (© JE)
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Chartreuse de la Verne - the gatehouse (© JE)
Chartreuse de la Verne - the gatehouse (© JE)
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Chartreuse de la Verne - the cellar (© JE)
Chartreuse de la Verne - the cellar (© JE)
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Chartreuse de la Verne - the bread oven (© JE)
Chartreuse de la Verne - the bread oven (© JE)
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Chartreuse Verne - the large cloister (© JE)
Chartreuse Verne - the large cloister (© JE)
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Chartreuse de la Verne - the small cloister (© JE)
Chartreuse de la Verne - the small cloister (© JE)
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Chartreuse de la Verne - Wall rampart-West and bell tower (© JE)
Chartreuse de la Verne - Wall rampart-West and bell tower (© JE)
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Chartreuse de la Verne - Wall Southwest (© JE)
Chartreuse de la Verne - Wall Southwest (© JE)
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Chartreuse de la Verne - Nave of the church (© JE)
Chartreuse de la Verne - Nave of the church (© JE)
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Chartreuse de la Verne - main gate (© JE)
Chartreuse de la Verne - main gate (© JE)
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Southwest corner of Tower and secondary gate of the monastery of Verne (© JE)
Southwest corner of Tower and secondary gate of the monastery of Verne (© JE)
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Chataigneraie la Verne (© JE)
Chataigneraie la Verne (© JE)
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Collobrières - Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy (© JE)
Collobrières - Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy (© JE)
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Collobrières - Church of Our Lady of Victories (© JE)
Collobrières - Church of Our Lady of Victories (© JE)
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Collobrières - the old bridge on the Réal Collobrier (© JE)
Collobrières - the old bridge on the Réal Collobrier (© JE)
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Collobrières - the old bridge - twelfth century (JE)
Collobrières - the old bridge - twelfth century (JE)
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Collobrières - the village saw the old bridge (© JE)
Collobrières - the village saw the old bridge (© JE)
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Collobrières - the town hall (© JE)
Collobrières - the town hall (© JE)
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Collobrières - Inside of the Notre Dame pity (© JE)
Collobrières - Inside of the Notre Dame pity (© JE)
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Collobrières - Nave of the church of Our Lady of Victories (© JE)
Collobrières - Nave of the church of Our Lady of Victories (© JE)
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Collobrières - Central Street with shady square and fountain (© JE)
Collobrières - Central Street with shady square and fountain (© JE)
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Collobrières - entrance Porch in the upper village, old (© JE)
Collobrières - entrance Porch in the upper village, old (© JE)
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Collobrières - Altarpiece and statue of Our Lady of Victories in the church (© JE)
Collobrières - Altarpiece and statue of Our Lady of Victories in the church (© JE)
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Collobrières - Ruins of the ancient church of Saint-Pons (© JE)
Collobrières - Ruins of the ancient church of Saint-Pons (© JE)
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Collobrières - Ruins of the old church Saint -Pons (© JE)
Collobrières - Ruins of the old church Saint -Pons (© JE)
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Collobrières - Ruins of the ancient church of Saint-Pons (© JE)
Collobrières - Ruins of the ancient church of Saint-Pons (© JE)
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