This peaceful village can be found at the foothills of the Massif des Maures. The village is surrounded by thick forests of cork oak which gives it a lush green look. It offers many walking itineraries throughout the Maures. At the top of the hill, on the rock of Sainte Madeleine and north of the present village, you can find the ruins of the original community of La Môle.
Open from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 12pm & from 1pm to 5.30pm – Place de la Mairie, 83310 La Môle – 0033 (0)4 94 40 05 80
0033 (0)4 94 40 05 80
Chemin des Bugadières – Open from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 1pm & from 3pm to 7pm – Saturday & Sunday from 9am to 1pm & from 4.30pm to 7.30pm – 0033 (0)4 94 96 07 15
Aéroport de La Môle
Being only 15km from St Tropez, this is the closest airport, unfortunately with its single 1,180m asphalt runway, the largest plane possible is a Falcon 7 X-ray, it is more suited to PC-12 & similar small aircraft and helicopters. Due to strong winds from the South West, the airport is sometimes rendered inoperable, in which case they are redirected to the Hyères airport (52km away). There is a restaurant & bar which is open from the end of March for the summer season – 31, Route du Canadel
Things to Do
Cultural & historical sites
The church dates back to 1872 and has a Provençal steeple. Mass is held on Sunday mornings at 9am.
The Dam of La Verne
The earth dam was built in 1991. This reservoir of artificial water contains 8 million cubic meters of water & supplies 10 municipalities in the Gulf of St Tropez with drinking water. Its water is treated by the water treatment plant of la Verne and is managed by the “Syndicat Intercommunal Water Distribution Corniche des Maures”.
Around the dam there are crossroads, waterfalls, walking, horseback and mountain bike trails. The lake is home to families of gray herons and cormorants. In the autumn, you can see migratory birds. In the spring, turtles bathe under the waterfalls. Fishing, swimming and boating are prohibited on the water but the view is beautiful.
Sainte Magdeleine Chapel
It served as a parish until 1872 despite its difficult location hindering its access and the abandonment of the village. The Carthusians of La Verne used it until the Revolution, when it was then sold as national property.
Located 1 km from La Môle, this domain is of very old origins dating back to 1008. In 1770, the family Boyer De Fonscolombe bought it from the Suffren family. It has a façade of five windows flanked by two large round towers. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry lived here with his grandparents as a child and was described by him in “The Little Prince”. In the park, there are remains of the chapel of the castle. The castle is a private estate, it is not possible for the public to visit.
There is a nice shady picnic area to the left of the church, beside the Verne river. Just past here, there is a small children’s playground.
There are numerous walks around La Môle area, for example a 1-hour 4km walk up to ‘Le Sentier de Sainte Magdeleine’. The departure is from the track marked DFCI ‘Les Cabris’ situated on the road of the ‘Guiols’ (to the left side of the church). Follow the track DFCI for 3km then at the crossroads take the left path. After 150m take the left track up to the chapel. Once at the chapel climb a further 30m to reach the rocks which offer an extraordinary view of La Môle & the Golfe of St Tropez.
Food & Drink
L’Auberge de la Môle
This typical Provençal restaurant offers local dishes such as frogs’ legs, foie gras & truffles with a couple of different set menus to choose from. This little restaurant is not only famous for its great food & wine but also because Princess Diana is said to have dined here during one of her trips to the South of France. Open every day except Monday from mid-March to end of November. RD 98 – Le Village, 83310 La Mole – 0033 (0)4 94 49 57 01
Le Bistrot Gourmet
Supporting small local producers is not only a noble thing to do but it leads to the best quality produce to ensure the tastiest dishes. Le Bistrot Gourmet does all of the above. Don’t believe us? Come & try it for yourselves. 14 Grande rue, 83310 La Môle, France – 0033 (0)9 67 38 19 28
La Maison de Julie
This new restaurant on the left of the Church, opposite L’Auberge, only opened in December 2018. We would love to hear your thoughts on their food & service – 15, Place de l’Eglise, 83310 La Môle
This restaurant is located on the road between Cogolin & La Môle on a hillside away from the noise of the traffic. There are menus or a la carte dishes to please everyone & enjoy a lovely evening surrounded by beautiful scenery. Open lunchtime Thursday to Sunday from 12pm to 2pm & dinnertime Wednesday to Sunday from 7pm to 9pm. RD 98 – 3085 Route de Cogolin, 83310 La Môle – 0033 (0)4 94 49 57 54
During the season, there is a market garden stall selling today’s fresh produce. It is located in the car park of the Ugo boulangerie.
On a Thursday, in the church square, there is a small saucisson stall run by the local producer.
Having recently been changed and updated, it’s now possible to enjoy a coffee & a pastry in the onsite café – 40, Grande Rue – Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday from 6.30am to 1.30pm & from 4pm to 7pm – Wednesday & Friday from 6am to 1pm & from 4pm to 7pm – Sunday from 6.30 to 1pm – 0033 (0)4 94 49 57 60
The first half of the XIX century saw the emergence of the village after the opening of the royal road from Toulon which became the 98 Imperial road and today the 98 departmental road. It was not until 1879, after 30 years of negotiations, postponement of projects and other tribulations that the parish church, the presbytery and the school were inaugurated.
From the 1960s, the village of La Mole has hosted the structuring equipment for all communes of the townships of Grimaud and Saint Tropez such as the aerodrome of La Môle, the quarry and the recycling management centre.
In 1991, the reservoir and ‘La Verne water treatment plant’ were inaugurated. The reservoir stores 8,000,000 m3 and supplies 10 communities with drinking water. In 2004, a composting platform was installed and in 2008 a wood park was built managed by the Community of Communes of the Gulf of Saint Tropez.