Nice hike on the heights of Ollioules and Sanary, off the beaten track. Exceptional viewpoint on the coast, from La Ciotat to Porquerolles, and on the Cadière-d'Azur up to Revest, the Sainte-Baume mountain range and the Ollioules gorges.

DEPARTURE / ARRIVAL: Chemin de Sainte Trinide, parking at the foot of the Olive Garden, near the Animal and Botanical Park ZOA.

COMMON TRAVEL : Sanary-sur-Mer, Ollioules


At the start of the itinerary, take the road "chemin de Sainte- Trinide", in the North-East direction, following the red markings.

At the intersection, continue straight on the road "De la Piole Paul Venel". A few hundred metres further on, be careful, the circuit leaves the asphalt.
Turn left onto a path lined with cranks.
There is an information board at the entrance with information on the hiking trails. Follow this path. Walk past an old lime kiln and continue straight ahead.
At the next junction, take the path on the left and continue upwards to the Gros Cerveau road. Cross the road and take the path on the right. You are on the GR 51. Follow it up to the military fort of Le Gros Cerveau. When you arrive at the fort, leave the GR 51 on your left and pass in front of the fort. Continue on the track which goes down to the road. Take it on your right and continue until the end of the asphalt.

At this point, take the track on your left for 50 m and between two large Aleppo pines, take the path that goes down on the left. You arrive on a new track. Turn right. Follow this one for a few hundred metres. After a hairpin on the right, be careful, the route leaves the track to take a path on the left, not very visible in the firewall.

Follow this path. You will come back to the start of the loop. At this point, take the original route back in the opposite direction, which takes you back to the car park.

Pets allowed : yes

Details about animals : Pets allowed on a 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

Distance : 13km

Elevation : 700m

Positive slope : 700m

Negative slope : 700m

Duration : 6h

Details concerning the marking

Red beaconing

Tricky passages

A gravelly ascent, a steep and stony steep slope and a tricky section (steep and gullied descent) will be found on the Belvedere path.

  • Close to GR footpath
Further details

Precautions to be taken :
Remember to bring water and food in sufficient quantities.
Make sure you have good walking shoes and a charged telephone.
In an emergency, dial 112.

Please note:
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 89 96 43 43 or on the following website:


Level red – hard

Opening dates
From 01/01 to 31/12.
Attention, as every year during the summer, from 21 June to 30 September, the Var Prefecture regulates entry, traffic and parking on certain roads serving the 9 forest areas of the Var.

The Gros Cerveau massif is inaccessible by car during this period.

Information: updated at 7pm each evening on 04 89 96 43 43
Website: http://www.var.gouv.fr/acces-aux-massifs-forestiers
It is forbidden to smoke in the forests.

Precautionary measures: remember to bring sufficient water and food.

Bring good walking shoes.
Comfort & equipment


  • Car park
  • Free car park


  • Pets welcome
Free access.

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