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The Sainte-Baume Massif

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The Sainte-Baume Massif - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Var
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Situated between Var and Bouches-du-Rhône, the Sainte-Baume Massif is both a major place of pilgrimage and a favourite site for hiking. In the heart of the massif lies the Sainte-Baume national forest, dominated by a high, rocky cliff. Its landscapes are a patchwork of beeches, maples, Scots pines and lime trees. It's a really nice place to cool down in the summer!

It was in one of the massif's caves that Mary Magdalene spent the final part of her life. Nestling deep in the countryside, this place has now become a sanctuary where the saint's relics are preserved. Many pilgrims travel there for private prayer after walking along a footpath for around 45 minutes.

The Sainte-Baume Massif also enchants nature-lovers and ramblers. Be sure to discover the icehouses, a set of gigantic holes dug into the ground where the water turned to ice in winter. The massif is also suitable for mountaineering: climbers should be sure to take the Pic de Bertagne route in order to enjoy an unobstructed view of the Alps and the sea!

Nestled at the foot of the massif is Saint-Pons forest, in the municipality of Gémenos. It contains many springs and a Cistercian abbey built in the 13th century.

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The Sainte-Baume Massif

Panorama of the forest of Sainte-Baume, seen from the esplanade of the sanctuary (© J.E)
Panorama of the forest of Sainte-Baume, seen from the esplanade of the sanctuary (© J.E)
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Path of the Sanctuary of Sainte-Baume, edged with yews of the middle ages (© J.E)
Path of the Sanctuary of Sainte-Baume, edged with yews of the middle ages (© J.E)
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The Nans fountain, along the path up to the sanctuary (© J.E)
The Nans fountain, along the path up to the sanctuary (© J.E)
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The multi-centennial oaks, including one dead and hollow (© J.E)
The multi-centennial oaks, including one dead and hollow (© J.E)
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Hostellerie de la Sainte-Baume, seen from the esplanade of the cave-sanctuary (© J.E)
Hostellerie de la Sainte-Baume, seen from the esplanade of the cave-sanctuary (© J.E)
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The dead and hollow oak may have existed during the visit of the sanctuary by Saint Louis (© J.E)
The dead and hollow oak may have existed during the visit of the sanctuary by Saint Louis (© J.E)
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Panorama of the forest, from Saint-Pilon (© J.E)
Panorama of the forest, from Saint-Pilon (© J.E)
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Path to the Sainte-Baume cave (© J.E)
Path to the Sainte-Baume cave (© J.E)
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Inside the cave of Sainte-Baume (© J.E)
Inside the cave of Sainte-Baume (© J.E)
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The millennial yews of the forest of Sainte-Baume (© J.E)
The millennial yews of the forest of Sainte-Baume (© J.E)
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Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Electric mountain bike trek in the Sainte-Baume massif
Sports sensations45 € Saint-Zacharie
Sainte-Baume railbike
Entertainment40 € Pourcieux

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