Natural areas

Cap Sicié

Cap Sicié, in the communes of La Seyne-sur-Mer and Six-Fours-les-Plages, is an area with a wealth of heritage, landscapes and ecology to offer.

Responsibility for the management of Cap Sicié, transferred to TPM on 1 January 2007, involves overseeing the 816 hectares of forest extending into the communes of La Seyne-sur-Mer and Six-Fours-les-Plages. Consisting for the most part of conifers (umbrella, Aleppo and Scots pines) and about one third of deciduous species (oak, ash and horse chestnut), the forest offers a great variety of landscapes and plant species, fully meriting its designation as a Natura 2000 site.

There are several points of access to the forest (forest of Janas, Notre Dame du Mai, etc.) for visitors from the nearby urban areas, and a number of footpaths, bridle paths and mountain bike paths. Its highest point at the Chapel of Notre-Dame-du-Mai (352 metres above sea level) affords unique panoramic views.

TPM is involved in the management and protection of this outstanding natural area and community resource at several levels, awarding work experience contracts for forestry work, battling the depredations of the processionary caterpillar and organising the coastal path patrols. TPM also acts as the Natura 2000 operator* for the site. A forestry agency (ONF) officer is tasked with overseeing the 800 hectares of forest belonging to the communes, and environmental protection groups also provide invaluable assistance in keeping watch over the site, and in particular in guarding against fire risks.

* In charge of studies into the biological, human and cultural resources of the site and into local practices, and proposing initiatives to ensure its sustainability.

In geological terms, Cap Sicié is an outcrop of Provence cristalline (or Hercynian Provence) within Provence calcaire (the limestone region of Provence).

Key figures

  • 816 hectares of forest
  • Highest point: 352 metres