Visit Thoronet Abbey and discover a land of legends and mysteries nestled deep in the wooded hills of oak, chestnut, broom, thyme and rosemary. Rivers, mountains and the sacred forest of Sainte-Baume which housed St. Mary Magdalene. All in a cover of silence and a freshness in the castles, monasteries and abbeys of the Counts of Provence.
Unforgettable : The Abbey of Thoronet
A masterpiece of Romanesque architecture and sister of the other two Cistercian abbeys from Senanque and Silvacane, it was built in the twelfth century in the heart of a vast forest of oaks and restored in the nineteenth century under the recommendations of Prosper Mérimée. It has only two ornaments of stone and light. Its extreme starkness makes it a very suitable place for contemplation and meditation and its Latin cross construction allows to receive up to 800 people, which is common during pilgrimages.
The perched hilltop villages of Fayence
Like a blue background of tiles, small villages peer out to scan the distant sea, rows of olive trees and hills filled with mimosa.
The Massif de la Sainte Baume
The Massif of Sainte-Baume is an imposing limestone mass which rises to 1148 m altitude: Nestled amidst the hills and villages, archaeological sites, medieval ruins, glaciers, clay ovens, coal mines and open wood fires, all the splendor is a great excuse to go out for a stroll. The municipality of Saint-Maximin, gathered around a magnificent basilica, considered the most beautiful Gothic building in Provence. Its impressive sight captures the view as far as the eye can see. According to legend, it was here that St. Mary Magdalene was buried in the 1st century.
From Les Maures to the hilltops of the Var, sites and picturesque villages full of history that opens the way to the Gorges du Verdon.