This is one of the wildest and oldest lands in Provence. Covered in cork oak and chestnut trees, the Maures mountains offer lovely walks and varied countryside. Discover real gems, such as the magnificent Chartreuse de la Verne.
In places, the chestnut trees cover the mountains in stunning shades of orange.
For a long time, chestnut farming has governed the lives of the mountains and their villages.
Collobrières, a ‘Village de Caractère’, is the chestnut capital. Every autumn, the chestnut is proudly celebrated, just as in other villages in the mountains, such as Gonfaron, La Garde-Freinet, Les Mayons and Pignans.
In the Var, autumn is spent outside, on foot, on horseback, by bike, or even underwater! With sunny days and mild temperatures, you will want to get out and enjoy what nature has to offer. Whether it’s a hiking trail, a mountain bike ride, or even a pony trek, you can get outdoors before winter arrives. For lovers of autumn colours, we recommend walks further inland, through vineyards or in the mountains of Saint-Baume. The Maures Massif also offer stunning colours with their chestnut trees.
Autumn is also the perfect time for scuba-diving. The water temperature is still pleasant, the summer crowds have left, and you will have the sea floor all to yourself! Whether you want to go for a single dive, explore the wrecks, perfect your skills, do a Trimix dive, the possibilities are endless for you to make your dreams come true in the open ocean.
During the October half-term holiday, or on a week-end, come and relax with your family. To clear your head, simply get a change of scene. What about staying in the hobbit hole of Bilbo Baggins or Frodo, or even in a treehouse, all in the middle of a miniature donkey sanctuary? In a similar (unexpected) vein, become a train driver with Vélorail de la Sainte-Baume for a great moment together.
Fun and educational, The Museum of the ‘Gueules Rouges’ traces the history of the bauxite mines and the lives of the miners. It will delight the whole family, with its replica mine, built by former miners.
Finally, in terms of outdoor activities, the whole family will love the numerous adventure courses in the trees and zoos, educational farms and other exotic gardens.
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Traditional festivals and big sporting events, here is our list of autumn activities:
Winter is coming, but until the 21st December, it’s technically still autumn!