The San Peyre, advanced guard on the sea

  • Le Mont San Peyre
  • Viewpoint indicator of Mont San Peyre

This hill, or « Sacred Mountain », is a Departmental Forest Park, regularly visited and maintained by the General Council. With his 131 meters high, it’s a sort of advanced guard of the Esterel on the sea and the plains of the Siagne River and the Argentière, overlooking above the village of La Napoule.

 

This mount became a place of workship dedicated to Mercure when La Napoule was a roman place. Later, at the 11 century, a castle and au church was built at his summit. San Peyre was called «The sacred mountain» by the famous Guy de Maupassant during his frequent visits at the end of the 19th century. There he met a reclusive hermit on the mount whose story he wanted to tell. Oscar Wilde also adored the perfume and the beauty of this place.

 

The vegetation is typical of the forest and local scrubland. A walking path crosses the forest, 3.4 kilometers in a gentle slope to go to the summit.  Arriving to the summit you will discover the ruins of the old fortress, and the magnificent view. For nature lovers : with the botanical path of San Peyre you will discover the labelled plants, trees and shrubs in the middle of the ancient oak forest, the forest of mimosa trees or of the scrubland.