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Driving by the A8 highway between Fréjus and the A57 interchange, the rock of Roquebrune-sur-Argens stands majestic above the Argens valley with its reddish vertical sheers. Geologists explain its existence as a "cone of dejection" formed from eroded granitic rocks from the Maures mountains.

To the town of Roquebrune-sur-Argens and Le Muy, it's an ever-present symbol, a sort of Eiffel Tower of the eastern Var.

To hikers, it is a magnet, a dramatic backdrop to many walks open to wanderers around Roquebrune-sur-Argens. Watch out for "Privé" signs that warn wanderers not to trespass on private property.

Around Toulon: Le Mont Caume

Above the village of Le-Revest-les-Eaux, a crackling layer of white limestone covers the Mont Caume like thick sugar frosting.

Hills and valleys and forests encircle the mountain. From Mont Caume's peak at 804 meters, you see them all: Mont Coudon, Mont Faron, the Baou des Quatre Aures, the Cap Sicié that tilts up before the sea, the Grand Cap and even the Sainte-Baume in the distance to the north west.

Squeezed among the mountains, the valley of the Dardennes below  the village of Le Revest-les-Eaux. Some have called the hilly region the "Switzerland of the Var." Unlike its neighbor Mont Faron, there is no tourist information on Mont Caume - no snack bar, no shiny exploratory sign that details the history of this military site;

Mont Caume is an expanse of fissured grey rock where puffs of green and purple and yellow grow here and there through cracks in the rock.

For the hiker, Mont Caume presents a challenge from the base of the Mountain (best not hiked during hot weather) as well as a network of footpaths, such as the GR99, the GR53.