The Sainte-Baume National Park
Straddling the Var and the Bouches-du-Rhône, the Sainte-Baume massif reaches over 1150 meters. The massif is a great playground for lovers of nature activities: hiking, mountain biking, cycling, horse riding, tree climbing, climbing, paragliding… The fauna and flora are remarkable, with many species of birds such as the spotted woodpecker, the orpheus warbler, Bonelli’s eagle, the Jean-le-blanc circaète, the European roller, the little scops owl, the diving circle, the little owl, the proyer bunting, the mad bunting… But the Sainte-Baume is also remarkable for its religious heritage. The sanctuary of the Sainte-Baume and the basilica of Saint-Maximin have for centuries preserved the relics of Mary Magdalene, a character present in the Gospels. To the north of the massif, the town of Saint-Maximin is home to an incredible basilica in many respects. At the bend in the road, you will sometimes come across dry-stone constructions that are partly buried. These are ice boxes, which were used to produce ice loaves on cold winter nights for the wealthy inhabitants of the Provençal cities.
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