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Plan d'Aups

Departement of Var - Population : 768 h - Surface: 2.491 ha

On the little D80 that crosses the Sainte Baume massif between Saint Maximin and Aubagne.

Plan d'Aups

Right in the heart of the Sainte Baume massif, at 700 metres altitude, Plan d'Aups is located in an exceptionally beautiful setting. The road bringing you to Plan d'Aups gives you vertiginous panoramic views of the valley of twists, and turns, and climbs ... but it's absolutely magnificent !

Plan d'Aups - Sainte Baume
When you arrive at Plan d'Aups, you'll find yourself on a vast plain (hence the name Plan d'Aups) stretching to the feet of the high cliffs.Park next to the Sainte Baume eco-musuem, and then making sure you've put on some strong walking shoes, go off to discover the massif and state-owned forest. You'll find an astounding diversity of plants and discover the massif in a state of wonderment as you walk along the numerous waymarked paths that criss-cross the Sainte Baume.

Caves of La Sainte Baume arrival

Plan d'Aups possesses another treasure; the cave where Saint Mary Magdalen decided nearly 2,000 years ago to end her days in prayer. Today it is still a place of pilgrimage, where Dominican friars have been in charge of providing accommodation for the last 7 centuries.

Plan d'Aups

The actual village of Plan d'Aups is located somewhat further on. Here you will discover a few houses dotted around, a fine church and a few hotels and restaurants that will welcome you for a good lunch or a night's stay to recharge your batteries in a wonderful natural environment, protected and far from urban agitation.

What to see:

Caves of La Sainte Baume dedicated to Mary Magdalen.
Romanesque church of the 11th and 12th centuries.
Photos of the climb to the cave.

Leisure activities:

Hiking (GR9-GR98). Horse-riding.
Tennis. Climbing. Pot-holing.


Bed & Breakfast
House of prayer and friendship La Bergerie.
Hostelry run by the spiritual community of the Dominican Friars.

Neighbouring Villages:

Nans les Pins (12 km), St Zacharie (11 km), and Gemenos (19 km).

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