Sainte Baume

Var  >  France

Well preserved forest reserve of 138 hectares with a high biodiversity bordered by a rocky mountain ridge.

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Most recent update 20 March 2021
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The primary forest of Sainte-Baume is well preserved and is located at the foot of the massif of Sainte Baume. This ancient forest is dominated by veteran beech trees and other remarkable tree varieties. It benefits from a micro-climate conducive to the development of an exceptional beech forest in the Mediterranean region. You can explore the forest and also visit Sainte-Marie-Madeleine’s Grotto. This natural cave dug by erosion is a very old place of pilgrimage: Saint Mary Magdalene would have lived there thirty years of her life. Among the birds you can see in the area are Great Spotted Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Alpine Swift, Crag Martin, European Serin, Ortolan Bunting, Cirl Bunting, Rock Bunting, Subalpine Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Common Rock Thrush, Blue Rock Thrush, Common Raven and Short-toed Snake Eagle.


Français: Au cœur de la forêt-relique de la Sainte-Baume, partez à la découverte d’un écosystème préservé qui s’avère être un véritable refuge de biodiversité. Dans cette forêt pas comme les autres, vous serez dominés par des hêtres pluri-centenaires et autres arbres remarquables.



Park at parking Trois Chênes and walk from there.


Français: Stationner sur le parking des Trois Chênes.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Canyon/cliff


Rocky , Hilly

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

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Birdwatching hide / platform


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