Like its castle tower, Grimaud, nestled on the curve of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, stands proudly above the plains and sea, a constant watchman, unchanging through the centuries. A forward looking region but with a rich, perfectly preserved heritage, Grimaud plays with notions of time, spanning the centuries to create a delightful mix of old and new.
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A rich and varied heritage
Up above, the Medieval village awaits with its numerous monuments, cobbled streets, arcaded houses, old buildings and Medieval castle. Wander around at your leisure, exploring the streets with their long and eventful history; and look up and gaze at the traditional Provençal, village houses. In the Middle Ages, Grimaud’s wealth and importance meant that is was the capital of Freinet, an area that today corresponds to the Gulf of Saint-Tropez region. By preserving this identity, the village has, today, earned a listing on the register of Historic Monuments.
The castle, a witness to the historic events that defined the place and a symbol of the commune, overlooks the village.
The church, which is dedicated to Saint-Michel, the village’s patron saint, is the oldest Romanesque church in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.
There are numerous other sites to explore, either alone, using the QR Codes located in front of the monuments, or with our guides who’ll be delighted to share their knowledge.
The lacustrian city
Port-Grimaud, on the sea front, a “lagoon city” listed as part of France’s 20th century heritage, is an absolute must for visitors. This ingenious concept, designed in 1966 by architect-sailor, François Spoerry, combines the charms of a new city with nautical requirements. The founding principle is a house with a boat mooring opposite. You can visit the town on foot, of course, but you can also explore the canals and discover the unrivalled charm of a place that today is recognized as architectural masterpiece. Be sure not to miss the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi with its stained glass windows designed by Vasarely.
Outside Port Grimaud, the lagoon city, you’ll find numerous (private) villas and other “20th Century Heritage” listed buildings, witnesses to the development of tourism from the earliest days.
The Heritage Museum
A visit to this charming museum, which is a member of the departmental network, “Pass Site,” is an absolute must. Housed in magnificent buildings (a village house, old blacksmiths and 16th century oil mill), it tells the story of life in Provence, through everyday objects and traditional activities. You’ll learn about the everyday life of local people through the centuries, and the Gulf’s heritage treasures, which will provide you with a better understanding of the region today. Temporary exhibitions are frequently held here.
Are you on a self-guided trip? Ask the Tourist Office for a map (or download it from our site), or use your geolocation-enabled smartphone or tablet Do you want to find out more? Enjoy one of our “Raconte-moi Grimaud” guided tours led by our heritage facilitators who will share their passion for, and knowledge about the region and its rich history.
Moments of intense pleasure
You can also learn more about our history at the many festivals, and literary, musical and artistic gatherings. It’s a unique opportunity to enjoy a rich mix of culture and heritage, both past and present.
Every Provençal village also has its own traditional festivals, and Grimaud is no exception. Time seems to have had little effect or, rather, these festivals have stayed true to their roots, introducing just a few improvements, sufficient to attract new generations of visitors.
In spring, it’s time for the wool fair and a chance for fellow villagers to meet up. In summer, the Saint-Jean fireworks traditionally mark the return of the fine weather and harvest season. The 16th of August is the day of the village festival, when a long and beautiful procession makes its way up to grounds of Notre-Dame-de-la-Queste chapel. For the festival of Saint-Michel, the entire village gathers together to honour their patron saint.