Beautiful family hike on the heights of Ollioules and Sanary, offering magnificent views of the bays of Bandol, Sanary and the Sainte-Baume mountain range. At the top, you can observe the work of the Gros Cerveau point.

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


To reach the start of the hike, from Sanary in the direction of Bandol, follow the indications "Jardin exotique". Pass under the highway bridge, after the barrier, park on the side of the road at the Conservatoire du Jardin des oliviers.

At the beginning of the itinerary, take the road "Chemin de Sainte-Trinide", direction North-East, following the blue markings.
At the intersection, continue straight ahead on the road to "la Piole Paul Venel". A few hundred meters further on, be careful: the circuit leaves the asphalt. Turn left onto a path lined with cranks.
There is an information panel at the entrance. Follow this path and pass in front of an old lime kiln. Continue straight ahead.
At the next intersection, take the path on the left and continue uphill to the Gros Cerveau road.

Cross the road and take the trail on the left through the firewall towards the west. Continue on the paved road.

Stay alert! In a right turn, take the trail going down on your left. At this point, following the asphalt road, you can go back and forth for a few meters to discover the work of the Pointe du Gros Cerveau and the panorama.

At the bottom of this path, at the intersection with the track, turn left for a few meters and in the right hairpin, at the level of the cistern, take the path on the left. Go down.
At the end of this descent, turn right and after 150 m, take the path on your left. Follow it to the next intersection, then take the trail on the right that will bring you back to the starting point of the loop.

At this point, take the starting route in the opposite direction, which takes you back to the parking lot.

Pets allowed : yes

Details about animals : Animals accepted on leash only

How to find us : Chemin de Sainte Trinide, parking at the foot of the Jardin des Oliviers, near the Animal and Botanical Park ZOA

Type of route : loop

Marked route : yes

Distance : 8km

Elevation : 300m

Positive slope : 300m

Negative slope : 300m

Duration : 4h

  • 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 - Medium

Opening dates
All year round.
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.