PORT GRIMAUD

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.

THE MEDIEVAL VILLAGE OF GRIMAUD

Showcasing a Romanesque church and castle ruins, the village has retained all the charms of a medieval city, which dates back to the 11 th century. Due to its vantage point on a steep summit dominating the Gulf of Saint Tropez, the first settlement included a castle which acted as a command post until the end of the 19 th century. Today, the ruins of this castle offer stunning panoramic views.

THE HERITAGE MUSEUM

Set in a village house, old blacksmiths and 16th century oil mill, this heritage museum tells the story of life in Provence through everyday objects and traditional activities, so visitors can learn about the local traditions and treasures which have been passed down through the centuries. Temporary exhibitions are also frequently held here. 

NATURE TRAILS

As you climb towards the village from the sea, you soon reach the foothills of the Massif des Maures mountain range that extends along the entire southern part of the Var region. In the Medieval Village of Grimaud you will find the Tourist Information Centre, where you can pick up a map for details on one of the numerous hiking trails. If you are looking for a different atmosphere altogether, try the Pont des Fées trail which will lead you along a river and protected areas. 

Local Festivities

For those wanting to learn more about Grimaud's history, the local festivals offer a unique opportunity to enjoy a mix of culture and heritage, both past and present. The beginning of summer is marked by the Saint-Jean fireworks, celebrating the return of the fine weather and harvest season.

BEACHES

There are a number of beaches and coves dotted along the coast between Port Grimaud and Pointe Alégre, all very accessible with parking facilities for those arriving by car. Owning one of the Cote d'Azur's largest marinas, and a close location to Saint Tropez, these beaches also attract a lot of visitors arriving by boat. After a swim in the crystal blue waters, keep your eyes open as it is not unusual to encounter dolphins and other marine life on a boat trip off this coast.

LOCAL MARKETS

• Thursday & Sunday between September and December at Port Grimaud: fruit, vegetables, flowers and provincial products.
• Thursday between September and December at Port Grimaud: fruit, vegetables, flowers and provincial products.
• Every Sunday between 6am-1pm at Brocante du Jas des Roberts: Flee Market.