Coming to Grimaud for a day, three days, one week or more ? Here’s our advice !
Follow the guide and make the most of your stay in Grimaud !

Need a change of scenery for a day, a weekend or more ? Have you decided to come and visit us ? You’ve taken the first step ! It’s up to us to take the second by giving you a few ideas to make your stay in Grimaud an unforgettable one. When you decided that you wanted to take a break in Grimaud, you were probably won over by the seaside ! The Mediterranean sea is an undeniable asset of the French Riviera, washing ashore the Gulf of Saint Tropez, and is sure sweep you off your feet…

What if we told you that you could get two changes of scenery for the price of one during this break ?

Port Grimaud, the Venice of Provence. © Nico Gomez

The seaside is not the only advantage of Grimaud and the Gulf of Saint Tropez ; on the French Riviera, there is also Provence, the countryside and walks ! Spend a morning strolling through a Provençal village or in the Massif des Maures mountains before enjoying a walk along the seaside… What do you say ? Discover our suggestions for roaming Grimaud and the Gulf of Saint Tropez whether you’re here for a day, three days or more…

One day

We won’t hold it against you if you’re just passing through Grimaud. Even if you’re only here for a day, you can still discover the medieval village and Port Grimaud, the Venice of Provence.

Embark upon a journey through time and dive into the medieval era… The village of Grimaud is a true patrimonial gem. There is a castle with an impressive view of the Gulf of Saint Tropez, a church, a windmill, chapels, and streets that are typical of Provence and the Middle Ages

The village of Grimaud is full of history, one morning will suffice to crack some of its secrets…

Click on the photo to see more pictures of Grimaud. © Cyril Carpentier

A little hungry after all that exploring ?

Here is a selection of some of the restaurants in the village of Grimaud and at Grimaud port, sure to tickle your taste buds !

 

Let’s go! It’s time to take the Little Train with Sébastien to Port Grimaud ! (in high-season)

A pleasant means of transport to take you on a ride and drop you off at the entrance of Port Grimaud, the little Venice of the Var.

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Click on the photo to see more pictures of Grimaud. © Cyril Carpentier

Grimaud Port, a fifty-year-old city built on water , came straight from the imagination of a “crazy” architect, François Spoerry. Today, the largest marina in the French Riviera has seduced thousands of enthusiasts.

The houses of Port Grimaud are like coloured clouds floating on the canals of this Provençal Venice..

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Port Grimaud by night is utterly charming. © Instagram @cecile_ici_et_la

Take your time, go for a wonder… On foot, by electric boat or by tow-boat! From February to November, imagine that you’re Marco Polo or Christopher Columbus sailing along the canals of this city built on water, discovering fishermen’s homes.

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Visit the port from the canals. © Instagram @cecile_ici_et_la

Watch out, in Port Grimaud, an ice cream is a must-have accessory ! Treat yourself : there are several ice cream parlours with a range of (tasty) sorbets and (delicious) ice creams.

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Indulge a little ! © Instagram @framewithaview

It’s already time for you to take the return train…back to Grimaud ! Don’t miss the Little Train’s last call in order to continue your great escape in Provence and French Riviera.

The rest is up to you ! Grimaud is all yours…

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter so you won’t ever miss a picture of Grimaud’s landscapes ! And most of all…so you can share your favourite moments with us !

#MadeinGrimaud

PS : you can pick up a map from one of our tourist information centres or here online.

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Medieval street in the village © Grimaud Tourisme

Some useful information :

Grimaud Tourist Information Office : open all year round

Port Grimaud Tourist Information Office : open from April to October

Market in Grimaud : Thursday mornings

Market in Port Grimaud : Thursday and Sunday mornings

Craft Market in Port Grimaud during the day or evening : April to September

The Little Train : from April to October

Parking in Grimaud and Port Grimaud : paid parking from April to September

Need somewhere to sleep ? See our accommodation list here..

Three days

Public holiday ? Nice boss ? Whatever the reason, you’re coming to Grimaud for three days ! And we’re here to advise you on how to make the most of it…

Day 1 :

On your first day, we suggest a discovery of Provence and the countryside. A feast for the eyes…

The village of Grimaud, which dates back to the medieval period, will take you back to Provence’s olden days. You’ll come across typical houses, small paved streets, stone, a castle and many other monuments. During the summer months, the village is a real beauty. Bougainvilleas in bloom are worth the detour !

We told you the bougainvilleas were incredible ! © Instagram @julienfordy

You’ll work up an appetite with all that exploring ! Here is a selection of restaurants in the village, where they will be delighted to share their tasty dishes with you.

 

After a nice meal, what could be better than a walk in the countryside ?

We have just that ! From the windmill Saint-Roch, take the “Pont des Fées” trail. Not far from the village, immerse yourself in the Massif des Maures mountains. On this trail, you’ll see the Pont des Fées (Fairies’ Bridge), a former aqueduct which provided water to the village. A touch of magic, we’ll let you run away with your imagination, daydreaming about the legend of the Fairies…

Click on the photo to see pictures of the Fairies’ Bridge. © Vianney Rudent

NB : Wear closed shoes for this walk, it won’t be very comfortable walking in the countryside with only your flip flops.

You first day comes to an end here and we’ll give you some free time…

Drinks, food, sleep…

PS : Pop in to see Chloé or Valérie at the Tourist Information Office. They’ll give you a detailed map of the village and pathways.

All our walks online on Cirwki.

Escape to the countryside… © Guillaume Voiturier

Day 2 :

Set sail to Port Grimaud, the little Venice of Provence.

Colourful fishing houses along the canals of this city built on water… Do you want to dream with your eyes open? We’ll take care of everything…

Take your time discovering different spots, the quays lined with boats, and come aboard a tow-boat or an electric boat and roam the canals. Admire the Var’s Venice from the water : it’s exquisite!

Sunset on Port Grimaud © Michael Cordero

Time for a break ! You’ll find several restaurants in Port Grimaud. Or why not enjoy a picnic on the beach ? Below, you’ll find a list of restaurants or shops to buy some good products.

 

From Port Grimaud, the coastal cycle path will take you to Saint Maxime in Saint Tropez.

What do you says ? Hire a bike and set off to discover our coastlines ! We promise you, it’s super easy : no hills and totally relaxed !

The cycle path lined with mimosas in winter… © Grimaud Tourisme

We’ll leave you to explore the coast…

Day 3 :

We know, doing stuff is nice, but so is relaxing! We therefore have two alternatives for you : relaxation or activities, so that there’s something for everyone !

Relax by the village’s fountains © Guillaume Voiturier

Relaxation during high-season :

What could be better than the seaside to recharge your batteries and relax ? On the programme today : beach day under the French Riviera’s sun.

All you’ll need is a parasol, some sun cream, a good book and some snacks. No need for anything else, let yourself be lulled by the Mediterranean sea lapping onto the shore…

Sunrise at Cicada’s beach © Guillaume Voiturier

Relaxation during low-season :

Take care of yourself, you deserve it.

What do you think of when we say relaxation, breathing… ? Yoga ! A moment of relaxation where you’ll be accompanied in your quest for well-being. Fred and Sabrina from Pep’s Spirit will guide you in a group or on your own. Your chakras will thank you.

Yoga at the break of dawn… © Prairies de la Mer

Have you heard the proverb “the more you relax, the more you want to relax” ? A real life philosophy ! This is why we suggest that you continue this moment of relaxation by enjoying one of our spas.

Spa, jacuzzi, massages… Do you need any more convincing ?

Discover all the places that you’ll find enjoyable and relaxing.

 

Activities during high-season :

On the abandoned beach, shells and activities… It’s sunny, you’re on form and the seaside is calling your name… An idea of how you can enjoy it !

Take the high road : the Gulf of Saint Tropez and French Riviera seen from above is quite simply something else ! Alain, the Flying Sailor, will take you parasailing so that you can admire this incredible panoramic view. If you’re scared of heights, don’t worry, you can also learn to wakeboard or water ski if you prefer.

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Choose a water activity ! © Guillaume Voiturier

Now that you’ve seen the sea from above, why don’t you take a dip ? You may not discover Atlantis, but the waters of the Mediterranean are full of underwater beauties. Guided by the European Diving School, come and admire the shipwrecks or go as far as Port Cros National Park.

Ready for some discoveries ? © European Diving School

Activities during low-season :

Get some fresh air, get some exercise, and all the while, discovery some exceptional places ? Mission accepted !

JC and Alban from Pep’s Spirit are here to meet your sporting needs. By classic mountain bike or by electric bicycle, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced cyclist : their aim is to help you discover the region, and they’ll adapt to your needs.

Some beautiful places, to which only they hold the secrets…

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Discovery by bike © Guillaume Voiturier

If you can’t get enough of the countryside and the outdoors, why not continue your discovery on horseback ?

Gino from the Ranch de la Mène would be delighted to take you on a ride in the calm of the Grimaud forest. And if you’re good, he might invite you to see his farm.

Horse riding © Guillaume Voiturier

Do you want to discover some different activities ?

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This way to discover all our restaurants and see who can « eat the best » ! 😉

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So what will you go for ? Something relaxing or something sporty ?

The rest is up to you ! Grimaud is all yours…

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter so you won’t ever miss a picture of Grimaud’s landscapes ! And most of all…so you can share your favourite moments with us !

#MadeinGrimaud

PS : you can pick up a map from one of our tourist information centres or here online.

Stunning view of the castle © Instagram @aurelienferriere

Some useful information :

Grimaud Tourist Information Office : open all year round

Port Grimaud Tourist Information Office : open from April to October

Market in Grimaud : Thursday mornings

Market in Port Grimaud : Thursday and Sunday mornings

Craft Market in Port Grimaud during the day or evening : April to September

Parking in Grimaud and Port Grimaud : paid parking from April to September

Need somewhere to sleep ? See our accommodation list here..

A week or longer

Yippee, you’re coming for a week or even longer ? Lucky you ! You’re going to have a great time !

For the first three days, please see our suggestions under the tab « 3 days ». From Grimaud to Port Grimaud with a relaxation or activity-based programme !

It’s time to go and discover the Gulf of Saint Tropez and some of our neighbouring towns, which are bound to win you over !

Gassin, one of the most beautiful views of the Gulf © Cyril Carpentier

Day 4 :

If you like typical Provence villages, like Grimaud village, you’re sure to love Gassin and Ramatuelle.

Get in your car, put on your seatbelt, and take the road to Gassin, which is classified as one of France’s most beautiful villages (label « Plus beaux villages de France »).

Gassin is a charming village, which has been perched on the edge of the hill since the medieval period.

One of its main features : it is home to Rue de l’Androuno, the smallest street in the world : 29 cm wide (the length of a ruler !)

This village has an exceptional view of the Gulf of Saint Tropez, and in particular, the Grimaud’s Castle.

Our favourite spot : from May to mid-October, come and enjoy the remarkable L’Hardy-Denonain botanical gardens. A kind of secret garden with dry-stone wall terraces.

Mrs L’Hardy looking after her garden © Office de Tourisme de Gassin

What do you think ? Hold on, we’re not finished yet ! The village of Ramatuelle is just as exceptional.

Ramatuelle, built in the shape of a snail ! It’s a real pleasure to wander its streets, the Place de l’Ormeau, prisons built under Napoleon III… Just like Grimaud and Gassin, this village has some views of the Gulf of Saint Tropez, and even of some snow-capped summits in the Alps.

The village of Ramatuelle © Cyril Carpentier

Fancy a breath of salty air ? Say no more, come to Escalet beach !

One of the prettiest spots in the Gulf of Saint Tropez, we couldn’t let you miss it ! Escalet beach is a small beach with a wild and natural look about it, with a view of Cap Taillat.

Don’t forget your mask and snorkel in summer (or your wetsuit if it’s chilly !), as the sea beds are a must-see.

You’ll also find Fred and his team from Pep’s Spirit here if you fancy some paddleboarding or kayaking, available all year round !

Our favourite spot : the coastal walk from Escalet beach to the isthmus of Cap Taillat. Due to significant fires in the summer of 2017, it is important for us to support our region. The vegetation is already bouncing back, and taking a walk in the area is a way of supporting those who are fighting to protect this incredible site.

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Paddleboarding to Cap Taillat © Riri ou la belle vie

Day 5 :

Leave for the « saints » villages… Sainte Maxime and Saint Tropez !

A lovely walk in Sainte Maxime with its beach in the town centre : what more could you ask for ?

A modern seaside resort, come and discover the town of Sainte Maxime via the « 20th century architecture » route, or in the little train !

Sainte Maxime has activities for you to enjoy all year round : the flower parade in winter, the village’s patron Saint festival in mid-season, and the nocturnal market in summer… Plenty of options !

Our favourite spot : the Pointe des Sardinaux. A little beach where you can explore the sea beds or enjoy a picnic in the shade of the pine trees overlooking the beach.

Click on the photo to see more pictures of Sainte Maxime © Sainte Maxime Tourisme

Take the sea route ! You’ll get a nice breath of fresh air on-board Les Bateaux Verts to get to Saint Tropez from Sainte Maxime.

Arrive in Saint Tropez by sea, discover its port and its famous bell tower… What else ?

Both mythical and typical, you can’t miss it ! Between the hustle and bustle of the port and the little paved streets in the old village, Saint Tropez will not leave you impervious to its charm.

Saint Tropez and its famous bell tower © Cyril Carpentier

Stroll along the port to the jetty and the Portalet Tower, explore the typical and romantic alleys of the old village.

French film lovers will recognise some filming locations and you can now visit the Musée de la Gendarmerie et du cinéma (cinema-history museum in a former police station).

Our favourite spot : the citadel of Saint Tropez, home to the Museum of Maritime History. A modern museum which retraces the history of the inhabitants of St Tropez on the sea. The citadel also has an outstanding view of the bay and the village.

To spend the evening in Saint Tropez or in Sainte Maxime, that is the question ! Both of these towns have a pleasant atmosphere with their ports and restaurants… Just remember : don’t miss the last boat !

The port of Saint Tropez, a must-see © Cyril Carpentier

Day 6 :

You don’t need to go to the other side of the world to find a paradise island !

About 60 km from Grimaud, you’ll discover Porquerolles, one of the Golden Islands.

Conveniently, you’ll find departures (depending on the season) from Cavalaire, Le Lavandou, La Londe and Giens peninsula (Hyères).

There are different activities on the island : diving, mountain bike hire, jet skiing, boat trips

Porquerolles is an incredible island, with its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters, its exotic walks…What ? You don’t believe us ? See for yourself !

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One of the Golden Islands… © Hyères Tourisme

Well ? Stunning, isn’t it ?! In fact, Notre Dame beach was elected as the most beautiful beach in Europe. That alone is amazing !

And then there’s the rocky inlets of Oustaou de Diou, the walk to the lighthouse and the view… Porquerolles really is worth the detour.

Our favourite spot : take your time and admire the sunset from the « Moulin du Bonheur » : simple breathtaking.

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Notre Dame beach © Julien Mauceri

Day 7 :

And on the 7th day, the Gulf of Saint Tropez created nature…

It’s almost time to leave…and you probably don’t want to. So, we suggest a nature-based day in order to wind down as much as possible.

You can’t leave without taking the time to visit the Domaine du Rayol, the Mediterranean gardens.

This garden is the complete opposite of gardens known as « jardins à la française » (French formal gardens). Here, there is no geometry, but rather freedom. Species from all around the world coexist here, adapting to the mild Mediterranean climate. The garden stands alongside the big blue sea, with a beautiful view, at sea level, awaiting you.

The garden provides tours, workshops, training courses, family activities and there is even an eco-friendly restaurant with fresh and seasonal produce.

A garden with a sea view… © Domaine du Rayol

La Garde Freinet, le Plan de la Tour, la Croix Valmer : a few country villages !

Located inland or on the seaside, these towns have some simple walks, as well as some challenging hikes for more experienced hikers. Some of them will take you into the heart of the Massif des Maures mountains, others run along the Mediterranean.

You can consult the list of walks in the Gulf of Saint Tropez to choose your favourite. Our colleagues will be thrilled to give you more information and will help you choose the perfect walk for you. Some can also be done by mountain bike.

Le Plan de la Tour in the heart of Massif des Maures mountain range © Instagram @aurelienferriere

Our favourite spot : « La Croix et le Fort » (The Cross and the Fort) walk in La Garde Freinet. You’ll need some good shoes to climb up to the Cross. It’s only 3 km, but you’ll need some willpower to reach one of the highest viewpoints in the area. You’re sure to feel like you’re touching the sky !

The cross of la Garde Freinet © Entre mer et montagne Photographies

So, what do you think ? A tempting programme, don’t you think ?

Whatever it is you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in the Gulf of Saint Tropez…

By telephone, email, Facebook or in person, we are here to provide you with more information about Grimaud and the Gulf of Saint Tropez.

Our only wish : that your dream holiday comes true.

The rest is up to you ! Grimaud (and the Gulf of Saint Tropez) is all yours…

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter so you won’t ever miss a picture of Grimaud’s landscapes ! And most of all…so you can share your favourite moments with us !

#MadeinGrimaud

PS : you can pick up a map from one of our tourist information centres or here online.

La Garde Freinet by night © Entre mer et montagne Photographies

Some useful information :

The list of walks in the Gulf of Saint Tropez + cycle paths

The « Mythical » magazine, guide to discovering the Gulf of Saint Tropez

The Gulf of Saint Tropez website

Grimaud Tourist Information Office : open all year round

Port Grimaud Tourist Information Office : open from April to October

Market in Grimaud : Thursday mornings

Market in Port Grimaud : Thursday and Sunday mornings

Craft Market in Port Grimaud during the day or evening : April to September

Parking in Grimaud and Port Grimaud : paid parking from April to September

Need somewhere to sleep ? See our accommodation list here..