When you arrive in Grimaud, a small Provençal unusual village, there will be nothing like it. This friendly medieval city is as good as the most prestigious and less mundane destinations. But do not be fooled by it, diving into the picturesque does not mean boredom, just like having a good time in the countryside does not imply you are there only to pick daisies.
The appeal of such a city is obviously based on its land, thanks to the preservation of its cultural and architectural past. Therefore, this region has a strong tendency to fully use the great potential of exploitation it has in terms of ancestral culture, literature or musical projects (just to name a few). In this area, you will rarely witness so many opportunities gathered together to entertain you while educating you playfully at the same time.
Grimaud is also exploring, through long excursions made around the surrounding landscapes and through historical tours organized within the village itself. Thus, you can visit the magnificent Roman Provençal church of Saint-Michel (late 12th Century, early 13th Century). Built in granite and limestone, it has undergone a few changes in its original architecture such as the building of the bell tower in the 16th century and that of the sacristy in the 18th century.
Bell tower of the Romanesque church Saint-Michel in Grimaud, 83310 Var
The streets of the village do not have names due to a local bye-law of 1958 that aimed at preserving the character of the old Provençal village. Thus, the Rue du Balladou (or the Balladou’s street) has its origins in an old term meaning ‘small ball’. The Grimaud museum of popular traditions and art sets to trace the rich history of these olden days when the water was scarce and toiling the ground was the main occupation of most locals. Indeed, it is through our ancestors’ objects and tools of everyday life that this era is unveiling to us around every corner, while wandering.
As to the castle which has a sublime view, it is an eminence above the plain which undoubtedly has been visited since ancient times. In the 11th century appears the word castrum (fortified habitat), but over the centuries and at the discretion of the many noble families that followed, the castle experienced many expansion work hence the beauty it retained in spite of time.
The Castle of Grimaud overlooks the Gulf of Saint-Tropez
But let us leave for a time this leap in the past to talk about what modernity as brought to this ravishing place.
Apart from the indispensable medical centers of all kinds, our food trade and spaces allocated to beauty or nutrition, Grimaud is gifted with numerous workshops: This ranges from the manufacturing of leather accessories and leather goods of all kinds, to embroidery on various supports (customization of clothing and toiletries), as well as the essential special event management with its photo agency for all occasions and so many other options for every need.
However, let us not neglect to make a detour round the co-op ‘Les vignerons de Grimaud’ (Grimaud’s winemakers) …because all that makes you thirsty, so a stop in the most important wine cellar of Var is unavoidable. This co-op counts 270 members whose farming stretches out to the very centre of the Gulf of St-Tropez, covering nearly 1000 acres of vineyards to farm. Therefore, for lack of water, let us drink with moderation but surely, a good quality vintage.
If this introduction left you mouth-watering and you would like to rent a studio, an apartment or a house in Grimaud, we invite you to contact us. Our team of professionals is at your disposal to help you find the rental of your dreams.
This house is available for rent at the Boutemy Immobilier agency
Note, however, we offer mainly short-term rentals, holiday rentals more than year-round ones. So, if you wish to spend a week in the medieval village of Port-Grimaud, our agency ‘Boutemy Immobilier’ (Boutemy real estate) located in 32 place des Artisans in Port Grimaud will find the opportunity that suits your need.
We have many high quality properties to show you. Indeed, the owners who entrusted us with the rental management of their property only enjoy a few weeks per year in it. They are therefore particularly solicitous over its good condition and decorated it with taste. This way, you will be able to spend a beautiful holiday in a pretty Provençal village and in a spectacularly pleasant location.