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The route to this amazing place is challenging – at least for those who are not used to walk uphill... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Southern Finland, Finland
Beautiful walk and grotto, but grotty teenagers a problem

We visited here today 4th June. We loved the walk up to this place, through beautiful ancient... read more

Reviewed June 4, 2019
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Le Site Sacré de la Sainte-Baume Les mystères concernant la Sainte-Baume, Marie-Madeleine et le Compagnonnage sont dévoilés. Des révélations et des éléments inédits ou peu connus sur : - le Site Sacré de la Sainte-Baume - la momie auréolée de la...more
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Plan d'Aups Sainte Baume, Plan-d'Aups-Sainte-Baume, France
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The route to this amazing place is challenging – at least for those who are not used to walk uphill roads. Wear your best sneakers and take a few water bottles with you, so you’ll be fine. The route is up, up, up, but you...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

We visited here today 4th June. We loved the walk up to this place, through beautiful ancient forest on well graduated paths. The grotto was amazing. Someone has described it as hanging from the rocks and this is rather what it looked like from down...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Reviewed March 24, 2019

Went there on a sunny winter afternoon. We hiked to the top of the cliff and then to the cave itself. It's a very nice hike and the church and complex are very interesting.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ludo-Owen
Reviewed July 5, 2018 via mobile

It was such a powerful meditation that We ended up going back the following day and doing it again. The walk through the beautiful and unusual for Provence forest was just as memorable as the view from the top and the grotto itself. Even the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed April 19, 2018

Legend says that Mary Magdelene, who was wrecked with other survivors on the shores of the French coast in Provence escaping persecution by the Romans in Palestine, spent her last 30 years living in isolation in this grotto cave. It is located high up on...More

Date of experience: April 2018
5  Thank RoxanaTravelReview
Reviewed April 3, 2018

Driving through the beautiful forest in the autumn to get there was great experience. We arrived a bit late, but still could go to the church on the top of the mountain. Try to come earlier because I think they close it around 5.30 or...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed July 11, 2017 via mobile

We had no idea where we were going that day. Ou relatives planned this hike to the grotto. It is built in the middle of some sheer cliff. It is about an hour one way, depending on people in your party. The walk through the...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed May 25, 2017

Quite out of the way and off the beaten path, but definitely worth the detour. Even to a nonbeliever like me, there is a special energy in the air, perhaps due to the dramatic setting and the beauty of the ladscape? For those who are...More

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank marsinai
Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

Visited a October 16 with niece and nephew, they, locals assurred me the hike up was doable. A fairly active 68 year old, pacing myself, managed it quite well. Once up, the unique setting, the view of the valley below and good company made for...More

Date of experience: November 2016
2  Thank Dfarleyca
Reviewed September 30, 2016

Unique religious place to visit. Can be a demanding walk. No climbing, but steep. Not far from Marseilles. In the mountains above the city. Can be a thrilling experience to drive up to the mountains. The scenery is breathtaking.

Date of experience: March 2016
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Liz J
March 2, 2016|
Response from rafaeltours | Reviewed this property |
Hi yes I am sure you should be able to find a tour going there. You cannot drive all the way up,it is a 45 min walk from the parking area to the grotte. Rafael Tours have a special pilgrimage tour 3 days & 3 nights . See a... More
Cindy C
February 24, 2016|
Response from Eridan d | Property representative |
UN PROVERBE Français : " au mois de Mai tu fais ce qu'il te plait "
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January 31, 2015|
Response from DJinNashville | Reviewed this property |
The Grotte is open every day, but it has hours. The local website (saintebaume+org, under the "Grotte" tab, in French) hasn't been updated for 2015, but I would not expect the hours to vary much: Winter (10/27-03/29... More