A place that is conducive to daydreams and travel…

A firm favourite
Admire the view from the church bell tower.

An absolute must :
Explore the canals of Port Grimaud
on board an electric boat or water taxi.

A real bonus :
A city without cars

In the beginning, a swamp

Port-Grimaud spreads over an area that was once made up of marshland and the alluvial plain of La Giscle. At the time, this area was only used for farming and hunting. The development of tourism on the coast only began in the 1960s.

From a swamp to the Provencal Venice © Grimaud Tourisme

The designer

It is now fifty years since planning permission was given to build Port Grimaud. Who was the designer? A visionary architect from the Alsace region, who dreamt up this modern-day, lakeside city.

François Spoerry was a fan of gentle architect; that is to say he was opposed to the large, regular-shaped, rectilinear structures that were popular at that time. And so Port-Grimaud was born with its wonderful sense of space and mid-rise buildings, redolent of Provence, in keeping with the existing, surrounding buildings.

Every house has its boat © Instagram @cecile_ici_et_la

In 1964 the architect François Spoerry, bought the land to build what every sailor dreams of – a house with a boat moored at the bottom of the garden. Once he had decided that, he imagined a village where the land and the sea would meet.

He chose traditional architecture which he found more “gentle” than other big property development projects of the period. He proposed typical Provençal style houses to which he added other Mediterranean influences.

Many colors

And then, you have the colours. Subtle, colourful shades, blending with the azure blue of the Mediterranean sea, , gleaming in the sun. The basic concept – which was revolutionary in the field of coastal design – is that of a village where land and sea are intertwined.

Port Grimaud by night © Grimaud Tourisme

A sailor’s dream, come true

Port Grimaud, which comprises Provençal-style houses and Mediterranean influenced architecture, is a seaside dream-turned-reality. Canals criss-cross the town, traffic is controlled and each house has its own mooring. The architect’s goal was to create a new type of city, somewhere that was pleasant to live, with a range of amenities for residents.

It’s a gem of a place, ideal for exploring on foot or by boat.

Sometimes copied, but never equalled, the “lagoon city” of Port-Grimaud is a great architectural triumph. This flamboyant, fifty year old town hasn’t aged a day and certainly deserved to be included on the list of France’s “20th century Heritage” sites in 2002.

The little Venice, in the heart of the Gulf of St Tropez © Cyril Carpentier

Worth a visit!

While you’re here, there are a number of features you really must see. As well as visiting the church of Saint Francis of Assisi and making that inevitable boat trip, take the time to observe:

  • The picturesque landscapes
  • Some façades have trompe-l’oeils, some simple architectural motifs (columns, oculi, capitals), or statues or figures such as this Provençal woman leaning from her balcony on the Place du Marché (market square). There are also a series of ‘calades’ on this square – decorative arrangements of pebbles laid in the ground. They evoke the type of local business or shops they are in front of.

  • Place du 14 juin
  • This square, situated in the first part of Port-Grimaud, was named as a reminder of the date of the building permit for the lakeside city. Getting approval had been a difficult process because there was a lot of strong opposition to the project.

  • Place François Spoerry and the Fontaine Magistrale (at Port-Grimaud 2)
  • The buildings on this square have beautiful blue and white ceramic decorations. The monumental fountain, decorated with Azulejos glazed tiles bears a portrait of the founder of Port-Grimaud.

    This lakeside town, an example of architectural achievement, was certified ‘20th-century heritage’ by the Ministry of Culture in 2002.


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    La Table du Marché

    Vintage-style restaurant that will make you taste the good products of the market.

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    Pizza Italia

    Over 50 recipes of handmade pizzas, to eat on the sport or to take away or on delivery. Italian superior quality flour, homemade tomato sauce, fresh ingredients. Also enjoy our homemade salads, antipasti and desserts.

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    New-Burg

    Restaurant, pizzeria located in Port-Grimaud. We provide you a menu with burgers, pizza, grilled meats, mussels, salads etc.

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    Cafe Telline

    Cooking based on the season product - market cooking. Homemade and fresh products.

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    La Calypso

    Fish specialties.

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    Grimaud Beach

    Restaurant bordering the sea with a private beach, located in the lakeside city of Port-Grimaud.

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    La Marina

    Fish specialties, fisherman's pot and pizzas.

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    La Licorne

    In Port-Grimaud, traditional and seasonal dishes - recently renovated.

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    Caffé Lounge

    Caffé Lounge since 2004 in Port-Grimaud, a place with friendly settings, to drink and eat like in Italia! Breakfat like l'aperitivo !

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    La Grignotte

    La Grignotte offers snacks, paninis, hot dogs, salads, charcuterie plates, cheese, fresh fries, homemade chips and desserts made from fresh and selected products, to take away or on the spot. Everything is homemade and minute.

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    Thai Boat

    Asian Restaurant - fast food to eat in or take away, situated on Port-Grimaud.

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    Pasta E Via

    Italian specialities. Cooking made with local produts. Located on canals of the lakeside city.

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    Le Pic Nic

    From breakfast to dinner, come and discover a wide range of sweet and savoury products! Every palate will be pleased! To eat-in or takeaway and served all-day.

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    Bananas

    Snack and beach items

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    La Marée

    Fishs, shellfishs, seafood platters. Discover also our specialties: - " la choucroute aux 3 poissons" :sauerkraut with 3 fishes varieties and butter sauce - "le loup en croûte de sel": sea bass in salt crust. Wonderful view a...

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    Don Peppe

    Pizzeria and italian specialties.

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    Lily's

    Cuisine based on fresh products.

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    La Caravelle

    Provençal specialties, home made deserts

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    Armando

    Mediterranean dishes.

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    La Table du Mareyeur

    Specialty of platters of seafood and shellfishs. Fresh grilled fishs. Fresh lobsters, tuna sashimi half cooked, skewer of monkfishs and gambas.

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    Véhicule with driver.

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    Blanchisserie Laverie Loveen

    Laverie Loveen is a laundrette which provides a dry cleaning service, the cleaning of house linen, carpets and leathers.

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    Union of owners of the lake city of Port Grimaud 3.

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    J'aime les Glaces

    Ice Cream

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    Trade union of the owners of the lakeside city of Port-Grimaud.

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    Blonde of Saint-Tropez

    All the universe of the brand "Blonde of Saint-Tropez" to discover in our shops.

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    Les Coches d'eau

    Boat or electric small boat tour in Port-Grimaud.

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    New Place Immobilier - Place François Spoerry

    NEW PLACE – Real Estate specialist in Port Grimaud and Bay of Saint-Tropez

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    Taxi Boat Yacht+

    Boat rental, taxi boat and shuttles.

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    La Boulangerie biologique de Port-Grimaud

    Craft bakery provinding organic bread, pastry, and hot drinks... Every provided products are 100% organic, under Agriculture Biologique and Ecocert labels.

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    tours by boat in Port Grimaud without licence.

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    Rome Pascale

    Osteopathy

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    Davina Jauneau BL Agents

    Real estate - Sale and purchase.

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    Boutemy Immobilier

    Since 1998, BOUTEMY IMMOBILIER REAL ESTATE AGENCY offers its customers a wide selection of houses and apartments in Port Grimaud, with or without mooring, for purchase or for rent.

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    Davina Jauneau decoration

    Listen to your demands, desires and constraint, i make your home, a really pacefull and well-being place.

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    Interior designer

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    Dr Moutte Christian

    General practitioner

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    Golfe Déplacements

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    Caffe Lounge

    Caffé Lounge since 2004 in Port-Grimaud, a place with friendly settings, to drink and eat like in Italia! Breakfat like l'aperitivo!