Do you know the emblematic "little Venice" of the Var? The lakeside city of Port-Grimaud will amaze you with its canals crossing the whole city, looking like Venice. Bathed in radiant sunshine, the red and ocher colors of these little houses clinging to the sea will totally disorient you. Only a few kilometers away, the famous city of Saint-Tropez is a place not to be missed, you will find magnificent beaches like the famous Pampelonne.
A beautiful seaside resort, Port Grimaud was designed by the architect François Spoerry. Enjoy a walk along the canals or cross the many bridges that lead to the fishermen's houses of many colors that give the city a charm of its own. You can also discover the city from the canals during a boat ride.
Make use of your stay to stroll around the marina of Saint-Tropez, located at just 15 minutes driving from the campsite. Saint-Tropez is one of the most visited marinas of the Var. Subject to the time of year; you’ll appreciate the yachts or splendid sailing boats and enjoy one of the sunny terraces of the bars and restaurants edging the marina. The town centre houses the museum of naval history, a great culture site. You’ll also find a great number of shops. Discover the famous Gendarmerie of Saint-Tropez (now a museum of Gendarmerie and film). Not far from there, the Place des Lices boasts a market on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. The fish market takes place every morning, at the entrance of the old harbour, near the shops. You can take a small ferry to admire the Canoubiers bay and its famous villas (like La Madrague).
Cavalaire sets in the most southern bay of the Var coast and is known for its 3 km long beach stretching at the foot of the Pradels massif. Hikers can choose to ramble on the Cap de Lardier or the Cap de Cavalaire. The town centre beach counts numerous kids’ clubs in the summer, as well as restaurants and private beaches. Pardigon beach is more unspoiled and well appreciated as it is construction-free and set in a preserved environment.
On the Gulf of Saint Tropez, Sainte-Maxime is a popular destination for holidaymakers staying in the Var. The town became a renowned resort in the late 19th century from which the city has retained a unique architecture which is very prominent in its casino building. It is nice to discover the charms of the city by walking along its narrow streets or in the alleys of the covered market.
Several ferry companies will take you to visit the Golden Islands: the île Le Levant, île Port Cros and île de Porquerolles. On the île Port Cros you’ll be visiting the national park. This island boasts some extraordinary nature for both the flora and fauna. The île Le Levant is the most eastern island. With time, it has managed to preserve its 20h reserve of strawberry trees. The île de Porquerolles is the best known and biggest of the three islands. It has more inhabitants, boasts an impressive biodiversity, vast white sand beaches and splendid sea bottoms.
Ramatuelle, near Saint-Tropez, is an authentic medieval town, set at the heart of nature on the Paillas hill. It is a lovely and peaceful village with ochre coloured fronts and pastel painted shutters. On Thursday and Sunday mornings, you’ll find a Provençal market on the Place de l’Ormeau. Laze on the famous beaches like the Pampelonne beach and more unspoiled Escalet beach, admire the Cap Taillat and swim in the clear sea water while enjoying the exceptional surrounding landscape.
La Croix Valmer nestles between the campsite and Cavalaire. This charming town is surrounded by exceptional wine estates. The Sunday morning market under the palm trees is worth a visit. Hiking fanatics will be happy to find numerous tracks (please visit the website of the Tourist Information Office for a map) to explore the landscape and some surprising sights.