Around park: 6km

The Maures mountain range takes its name from the Provençal word "maouro", meaning "dark". The area between Hyères and Saint-Raphael is densely covered with chestnut, cork, oak and pine trees.

A tour takes you through the pristine and solitary mountains. The highest point is 780m, and the route is sometimes very steep and winds tremendous, but the scenery is breathtaking.

You pass through villages such as Collobrières, known for its chestnut jam and marrons glacés (candied chestnuts), the 12th century Carthusian monastery of Chartreuse de la Verne and la Garde-Freinet, where bottle stoppers are made. From the artisan village of Grimaud you have a beautiful view of the mountains and the coast. North of Cannet-des-Maures is the remote Romanesque Abbaye de Thoronet.

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