Walks & Hikes

The Var is one of the most wooded department in France; the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region represents 1 400 000 hectares of forest, that is to say about 44 % of the French territory, gathering 3 600 vegetal species of which 720 are protected.

A precious place

Protect it! From the 21st of June to the 20th of September, the entry in the forests is regulated by an order:


YELLOW: moderate risk

ORANGE : high risk

RED : very high risk

BLACK : exceptional risk

 

Information about Access into the forest areas :
Var Department : +0033 (0)4 98 10 55 41

www.var.pref.gouv.fr

Bandol Tourist Office: : + 00 33 (0)4 94 29 41 35

 

 

 

Recommendations

 

-By not walking out of the path, I limit the erosion and the degradation of the vegetation.
 
-By not picking flowers, I protect rare and protected species and I help to keep the pathflowered all year long.
 
-Smoking and lighting fires generate a major risk of forest fires, with various and serious consequences.
 
-For the nature to still remain a welcoming place, all the rubbish have to be picked up (the coastlines are very fragile).
 
-To protect the fauna, I do my best to control my pet.
 
-By respecting the rules and the access regulations, I don’t put my life at risk and I pay attention to the environment.
 
-I make sure I am properly dressed, according to the season. During summertime or in case of storm, trekking can be dangerous.

 The sun’s radiations can put our life at risk

 

By the seaside, the mountain, the countryside and even in town, protect yourselves from the sun:
 
-Avoid the most sundrenched hours from 12.00 to 16.00 and look for shady places.
 
-Protect your children in priority.
 
-Cover yourselves with a hat, sunglasses and a t-shirt.
 
-Apply sunscreen lotion each 2 hours and repeat the application regularly.
 
-Drink regularly, and use a spray bottle.

 

Fauna and flora

 The Posidonia is a marine plant; its growth is very slow (1 cm/year). It has been listed asprotected species since 1988. It is an essential link in the marine life. Indeed, it composesherbariums producing important quantitiesof oxygen. They also act as shelters, reproductionareas, spawning grounds and nurseriesfor many animals. It is a large source of food.Finally, it protects beaches against erosion.Youcan find more information on the Posidoniaby reading the signs produced by the pupils ofRaimu School, placed in front of the Capelanpeninsula along the littoral footpath.

Les Mariolles de la Bleue Association

Heatwave Cicadas.

From June andduring the heatwaves, their song willfollow you all along the littoral path,until the end of August and if everythinggoes well, until early September.
 

The peregrine falcons

used to benumerous in this area. Scarcer today,their repopulation is encouraged andthe species is protected. They nest on thesea-cliffs between Bandol and Saint Cyr.

 

Alep pine trees

 

 

are inclined by the wind.

 

Prickly pears 

Their big leaves, in shape of rackets, comea long each other and end by a red, violet or yellow flowers-fruitswhose grainy skin is edible and delicious. But be careful! Fruitsare covered by small groups of very slender thorns and it is verydifficult to get rid of it!

 Agaves

(or improperly "aloès").
The plant stays in its vegetative stateduring many years, with its green leaves, thick and thorny, outlinedin yellow. Then it blossoms only once, giving a dozen meters highefflorescence, and it dies! The "wood" of the stem is widely used bythe owners of razors swords to remake their edge.

 

Maritime crithme or Marine-Criste or Stonedrop.

Its pulpy leavesare edible. It grows on the rocks or on the sand, close to the sea.

 

Arborescente luzerne.

It can reach 2 or 3 meters high.

 

Green Oak tree or Yeuse.

In Provençal : Rouve.

Its very hard, heavyand resistant wood is used in cabinet making. It is a very good firewood.Contrary to Kermes (or White Oak), its leaves aren't thorny.