The Sainte-Baume National Park
Straddling the Bouches-du-Rhône and the Var, the Sainte-Baume massif reaches an altitude of more than 1150 meters, at the signal of the Béguines. Hiking and cycling enthusiasts will be able to discover different itineraries of all levels within the massif. The fauna and flora are remarkable, with numerous species of birds such as the spotted woodpecker, the Tengmalm’s owl, the grey flycatcher, Bonelli’s eagle, the Jean-le-blanc circaète, the little scops owl, the blue rock mound, the proyer bunting… Spirituality contributes to the contemporary influence of the Sainte-Baume. Its territory preserves various testimonies of it.
The Basilica of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine of Saint-Maximin and the Grotto of Sainte-Baume house the relics of Mary Magdalene, disciple of Christ. The Basilica of Saint-Maximin is the largest Gothic building in Provence. This religious building protects part of the relics of Mary Magdalene. At the bend in the road, you may come across cylindrical constructions that are partly buried. These coolers used to produce ice for the inhabitants of Marseille, Aix-en-Provence or Toulon.