Off the beaten track: the maquis Tours with a theme

Do you know the difference between the maquis and the garrigue ?

To be able to answer that question, you need to go and find out about the geology of Provence and the Massif des Maures. The soil is acid here, and only plants native to the maquis will thrive in it…

So, as you stroll along the coastal footpath, you will find a whole array of vegetation: cork oaks, arbutus, mastic trees, buckthorn, etc. The scenery changes along the way, and there are stunning views over the Mediterranean. Thanks to the efforts of the Conservatoire du Littoral, this area has retained its wild character.

Here the flora and fauna share a common feature: the Mediterranean climate has had an influence on their evolution. You will discover that the iconic maquis rock rose times its flowering period so to keep water loss to a minimum; and the cork oak actually has a fire-resistant protective coating…

Learn to recognise and understand the plants that grow in the maquis, and discover their virtues and their uses on this nature ramble into the wildest part of the Domaine du Rayol, usually closed to the public.

Ending at a unique viewpoint.