The Gros Cerveau... This rocky ridge bordering the plain of Ollioules-Sanary has always excited the imagination.

The Gros Cerveau is a limestone mountain which rises to 443 m, dominating the bays of Sanary and Bandol. It stretches over the municipalities of Sanary sur mer, Ollioules, Castellet, Beausset and Evenos.

On the east side, the Gros Cerveau offers a magnificent view of Toulon, the harbor on the Seyne sur mer.
The view extends towards Saint-Mandrier, the Giens peninsula and the island of Porquerolles.
On the west side, we discover the bays of Sanary, Bandol, La Ciotat ...
North side, the chain of Sainte-Baume.

The visitor to the summit is rewarded with a magnificent view and breathtaking scenery.
Almost 20 km of trails (marked in red and blue), including a long-distance hiking trail (GR51), offer walkers a multitude of routes.

At the western end of the massif, the remains of an exceptional architectural heritage remain. This military structure built at the end of the 19th century has a spectacular view of the bay of Sanary - Bandol.

The Gros Cerveau massif is inaccessible by car, from June 15 to September 30
Smoking is prohibited in forest areas.
Caution to be taken: remember to bring sufficient water and extra food.
Equip yourself with good walking shoes.

Pets allowed : yes

Details about animals : Animals accepted on leash only

How to find us : Departure / Arrival: Chemin de Sainte Trinide, parking at the foot of the Garden of Olives, near the Animal and Botanical Park ZOA.

Type of route : loop

Marked route : yes

Details concerning the marking

2 hiking trails to discover:

The Red Circuit:
From valleys to balconies through the fort of Gros Cerveau and the fort of La Pointe.
Distance: 13 km, positive altitude difference: 700 m. Duration: from 6h.
Departure from Chemin Sainte Trinide, parking in front of the Jardin des Oliviers, near the Zoa Animal Park.

The Blue Circuit:
Between Drailles and crests. Family walk.
Distance: 8 km, positive altitude difference: 300m. Duration: 4 hours.
Departure from Chemin Sainte Trinide, parking in front of the Jardin des Oliviers, near the Zoa Animal Park.

Tricky passages

Stony ascent, steep and stony raidillon, delicate section (steep and gullied descent) will be on the Belvedere trail.

  • Close to GR footpath
Further details

Precaution to be taken :
Remember to bring water and food in sufficient quantities.
Make sure you have good walking shoes and a charged phone.
In case of an emergency call 112.

Caution :
As every year during the summer, from 19 June to 20 September, the Var Prefecture regulates access, traffic and parking on certain roads serving the 9 Var forest areas. This system informs walkers about the possibilities of access to the forest areas and the level of danger of forest fires.
Information by telephone on 04 94 96 43 43 or on the following link:


Level bue - MediumLevel red – hard

Opening dates
All year round.
Comfort & equipment


  • Car park
  • Free car park


  • Pets welcome
Free access.