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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 Watch the sunrise at the castle

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Tell me about Grimaud

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Attend events and explore heritage sites

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.

Aerial view of the Castle © Guillaume Voiturier

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 Fairy Bridge through the nature © Grimaud Tourisme

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 Church St Francis of Assisi in Port Grimaud © Nico Gomez

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.

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The Heritage Museum © Nico Gomez

Guided tours

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.

Guided tour to St Roch’s Mill © Nico Gomez

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.

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Grimaud celebrate the Revolution
Sunday 14 July 2019.

Come and relive the French Revolution in Grimaud! The revolutionary period was rich in events in the village of Athénople (Grimaud).

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The Light of St John
Sunday 23 June 2019 at 6 PM.

The traditional procession of Saint John will start from the forecourt of the town hall, carrying the flame to the Chapel of Our Lady of the Queste.

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Wool Fair
Thursday 30 May 2019 between 9 am and 8 pm.

Existing for several centuries, the Fair of Wool is a traditional festival taking place on Thursday of the ascent.

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St Mickael's Day in Grimaud
Sunday 29 September 2019 between 9 am and 6 pm.

The feast of St. Michael dates from the Middle Ages. This secular festival embodied the expiry of rural leases, hence the expression "on the Saint Michael, everyone moves". To preserve the symbolism of this heritage festival, a g...

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The village festival (Grimaud)
From Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 August 2019.

For three days, the village will reconnect with tradition, whether religious with masses and processions, festive with the ball and entertainment or culinary with the great aioli of Queste.

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Festival of the Mill and small county heritage in Grimaud
Sunday 16 June 2019 between 10 am and 1 pm.

In mid-June, the party is in full swing around the Saint-Roch windmill. During a morning, come and discover the history of the mill, look at how the corn was previously depicted

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National Day of Archeology
Friday 14 June 2019 at 4.30 pm.

National Day of Archeology: Visit of the Castle

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Tell me the story about... The Chapel of the Penitents
Tuesday 13 August 2019 at 2.30 PM.

Tell me the story about... The Chapel of the Penitents.Only in french

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Tell me about... The French Revolution in Grimaud
Tuesday 18 June 2019 between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm.

Tell me about... The French Revolution in Grimaud (french)

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Tell me the story about ... The Chapel Notre Dame de la Queste
Tuesday 16 July 2019 at 2.30 pm.

Tell me the story about ... The Chapel Notre Dame de la Queste.

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Tell me about ... The St Roch Mill
Tuesday 17 September 2019 at 2.30 pm. Tuesday 17 December 2019 at 2.30 pm.

Let's discover the story of St Roch's Mill (french)

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Tell me the story of St Mickael's Church
Tuesday 19 November 2019 at 2.30 PM.

10:30 - Church Square - Free visit Organized by the Service Culture & Patrimoine

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European Heritage Days
From Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 September 2019.

These days offer you the discovery of the Heritage of the town. It is an opportunity to push the doors of the monuments, to know the history or the legends.

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Light feast in Grimaud
Friday 6 December 2019 at 6 pm.

To celebrate the outbreak of Christmas lights, the Saint Jean's Fires Association invites you to come and enjoy hot chocolate, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts...

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