Designed by the famous architect Francois Spoerry in 1966, Port Grimaud is a 20th century water village located to the west of Saint-Tropez. After receiving further development in the 1970s and 1990s, it now has over 2000 residences and is one of the most frequently visited resorts in France. Often compared to Venice for its pastel coloured buildings rising out of the water at different levels, and its surrounding canals linked with venetian style bridges, its architecture sure is beautiful. With high house prices and some private canals, it is no surprise celebrities like Joan Collins have holiday homes there. Although Port Grimaud can be explored on foot, visitors can explore more of its 12km
waterways by boat. While locals use their own small traditional boats, visitors are welcomed to use the coche d’eau waterbus. Alternatively, another way to see the port is to climb the steps in the tower of the church of Saint-Francis of Assisi. Although there is an admission charge of €1pp, the top of the tower offers exceptional views across Port Grimaud and the bay of Saint-Tropez. Pleasantly quiet and peaceful, the bars and restaurants along the water’s edge make a lovely setting for lunch or dinner. Completely different in character to anywhere else on the French Riviera, this destination is a stop for anyone looking to explore the unusual.