The Château, a symbol of Grimaud.

The site has been frequented for many centuries

Economic and population crises due to the plague and war obliged the inhabitants to assemble at the top of the hill where they built this rampart for their protection in the 1370s. The fortified front door was here, but only a few traces remain.

© Guillaume Voiturier

A prosperous period

The village grew and the economy developed for three happy centuries. This prosperous period ended in the middle of the 14th century. Economic and population cri – ses due to the plague and war obliged the inhabitants to assemble at the top of the hill where they built this rampart for their protection in the 1370s. The fortified front door was here, but only a few traces remain.

The fortifications evolved over time; somewhat basic in the 11th to 13th centuries and reinforced in the 15th century, they reached their height during the 17th century. Abandoned at the end of the 18th century, and dismantled during the French Revolution, the castle was completely destroyed.

A succession of owners

Grand families followed, first related to Provence counts, then Charles II of England. In the middle of the 15th century, Jean de Cossa, a grand seneschal, left his mark on the area when he founded the village of Saint-Tropez that we all know today. Then in the middle of the 18th century, the seigneurs from the powerful De Castellane family expanded the building and ordered the construction of the southern towers.

It is a classified Historical Monument and has undergone restoration projects since the 1980s.

An outdoor theatre

Since the terraces were installed many years ago, totally blending into the landscape, the Château has buzzed with excitement on summer evenings.

It is a magical concert venue and theatre stage during the summer festival, Les Grimaldines.

Les Grimaldines © Grimaud Tourisme


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