If you are dreaming of the French Riviera, of walking in the footsteps of Brigitte Bardot or simply of experiencing real Provence, Grimaud and the lakeside town of Port Grimaud are undoubtedly the perfect destinations for you.
Port Grimaud is a great destination for both a relaxing family holiday, as well as for a fun holiday with friends. Its exceptional geographical location in the heart of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez offers an absolutely enchanting setting. All the houses in the village are literally on the water. If you love the sea and sailing, you can enjoy the unique experience of being able to moor your boat right in front of your accommodation. You can set sail whenever your heart desires.
You will then have privileged access to the surrounding villages of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.
Port Grimaud is the lakeside town situated in the commune of Grimaud. The medieval village dominated by its 15th century castle offers charming walks to the Saint-Roch mill and the beautifully named Pont des Fées (Fairies’ Bridge). To find out more about the village, we invite you to visit this page and read our blog. Every month we provide information on the numerous sporting and cultural events organised by the Tourism Office.
For over 50 years, iconic Saint-Tropez has generated fascination among holidaymakers from all over the world. During the summer, the village attracts stars who live on their yachts in lavish luxury, buoyed by champagne and fabulous parties. But Saint-Tropez also has the charm of an old fishing village with the fortress of the Citadel, and of course, the emblematic purple and gold bell tower of the Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.
La Croix Valmer, crédit photo Folombini
La Croix Valmer is a magnificent resort that descends gently into the sea. From the top, the spectacular view covers the Maures and the Esterel. Further down, the coastline presents an abundance of fine sandy beaches lulled by turquoise waters and rocky cliffs sheltering preserved creeks. A walk along the Custom's path will take you to Cap Lardier and Cap Taillat.
The charm of this picturesque village is best explored on foot through the narrow streets to the top of the hill. Arched passageways, serpentine and volcanic stone porches, the clock tower, the Saint-Sauveur church with its sundial, the Saint-Roch chapel are all witnesses to a rich past. These three scenic views are well worth a diversion:
- Place Bellevue. On a clear day, you have a panoramic view of the village and the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.
- The rue des Moulins, not far from the painters' studio, harks back to the five windmills that once existed in Cogolin.
- On the coast, from the Harbourmaster's Office of the Marines (Capitainerie des Marines), there is a breathtaking view of the Gulf and surrounding hills.
Situated on the top of a steep hill, the village of Gassin offers an exceptional circular view of the Moors, the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and further along, the Golden Islands, overlooking a picturesque landscape of vineyards and forests.
Sainte-Marie-Madeleine church in la Mole
La Mole is a small Provencal village set in the middle of an ocean of lush greenery in the heart of the Massif des Maures. A stream which shares its name with the village, flows through La Mole. Follow the forest path that will lead you to the chapel of Sainte-Magdeleine. On foot or by bike, you can reach the Chartreuse de la Verne, an impressive monastery founded in 1170, classified as a historical monument, and beautifully restored. It is inhabited by about fifteen cloistered nuns who have taken a vow of silence.
This small village is full of treasures. The round pergola of the Pateck and the flowered staircase are both listed as historical monuments because of their unique architecture and breathtaking scenery. The church and chapel at the far end of the village are also worth a visit.
The reputation of the resort is very similar to that of the "Jardin des Méditerranées"; its Renoir-style landscapes are among the most beautiful of the French Riviera. At the top of the Canadel pass, enjoy a wonderful panoramic view, as shown on the viewpoint indicator, with the Hyères Islands as a backdrop. "Whoever comes here will always come back", the motto inscribed in gold letters on the town's coat of arms.
At first glance, the village does not seem very big, but it is worth taking a stroll through the narrow streets, discovering the church bell tower, the fountains, the presbytery, and the old-fashioned wells.
But beyond the village, the region of Plan de la Tour includes 25 hamlets scattered in the steep hills of the Massif des Maures. As you stroll along the rural paths, discover the local fauna and flora that trace back to prehistoric times.
Nested on a hillside in the heart of a beautiful countryside, the village of Ramatuelle overlooks a land of vineyards that slopes down to Pampelonne beach. Towards the south, pine forests border wild headlands of eternal beauty. The medieval village is full of jasmine, bougainvillea, and honeysuckle, from where the view extends as far as the sea or high up in the hills towards the mills of the Miller Paillas.
Sainte-Maxime, backed by its marina, is a very popular seaside resort, linked to the Massif des Maures by a vast wooded area that stretches far beyond the surrounding hills. It is the most populated town in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. It is therefore particularly lively all year round. Numerous sports and cultural activities are available. Provençal traditions are also in the forefront. The Musée de la Tour Carré invites you to discover the local folklore and the corso, a flower festival dedicated to mimosas. They also celebrate Saint Peter's Day, Saint John's Day, and of course, their famous olives. Sainte-Maxime is home to the largest olive grove in the Var.
The bay of Cavalaire, bordered by fine sandy beaches and surrounded by a ring of wooded hills, has an exceptionally mild climate all year round. Cavalaire, which has been awarded the "France Station nautique" label, is a very popular site for water sports enthusiasts. From the port, set sail for the Golden Islands and admire the rocky inlets protected by the Conservatoire du Littoral.Everything has been thought out for young and old alike. The resort has also been granted the "Famille Plus" label.
La Garde-Freinet is the starting point for many walks, hikes, mountain biking, and horse riding, offering you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Maures region. It also possesses a rich cultural heritage. A visit to the Saint-Jean chapel at the Conservatoire du Patrimoine is a must. You will learn about Fort-Freinet, one of the first settlements in the village, perched on its medieval rocky dome. You will also learn about the chapels of Saint-Clément and Miremer, as well as basketwork, beekeeping, silkworms, and the history of cork.
In order to best prepare your holiday, we advise you to book from March or April for the summer holidays.
The popularity of Port Grimaud and its surroundings is such that if you have specific criteria for your holiday home, we recommend that you do so in advance.
Bookings are made on a weekly basis and you can refine your search on our website according to the criteria that are important to you (for example, the number of rooms needed or the mooring size for your boat).
The simplest thing to do is to find the house or flat of your choice, then write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to finalise the booking.
If you are traveling by plane, the nearest airports are Nice or Marseille. You can then rent a car. Although cars are not allowed in Port Grimaud and must remain in the car parks on the outskirts of the lakeside town, they are convenient for travelling through the villages of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. There may be traffic jams in the summer, but isn't that the case for all the popular destinations?
If you wish to opt for public transport, you can take the "coches d'eau", electrically powered boats on the canals of Port Grimaud. To reach Saint-Tropez and from there Sainte-Maxime, the Issambres or the Marines de Cogolin, the Green Boats provide regular transport shuttles during the summer months.
In Port Grimaud, we highly recommend Charly’s delicious organic bakery. It is open all year round with high-quality breads and pastries.
There is also a corner shop in Port Grimaud and a Provencal market on Thursdays and Sundays. Two supermarkets are also less than 10 minutes drive from Port Grimaud.
And of course, there are many restaurants for lunch and dinner to delight your taste buds.
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