The must-see sites of interest in the Var

Port Grimaud, known as the ‘Little Venice’ of Provence, is a unique group of buildings, and included in the 20th  century heritage list in 2002.

Background

Grimaud village

A waterside town located in the heart of the Gulf of St. Tropez, Grimaud was conceived and built by the architect, François Spoerry, after 1966.

The pedestrianised streets of Port Grimaud, the little houses and flats opening onto the sea show just what a wealth of discoveries this exceptional town has to offer.

Port Grimaud is certainly one of the most beautiful waterside towns in France, where the streets are replaced by canals and cars by boats.

Grimaud village, very close by, is well worth a visit. The monuments in this medieval village stand testament to a long history. Did you know? The Gulf of St. Tropez has not always been known as such. In fact, up until the end of the 19th century, this jewel in the Mediterranean crown was known as the Gulf of Grimaud, due to its dominant position.

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St. Tropez

An international golfing showcase, St. Tropez is stepped in history with plenty of stories to tell. Town life is inextricably linked to the sea. Present-day St. Tropez was shaped by the succession of painters, artists and other celebrities who chose to make it their base. Although, in the past, it was the people of St. Tropez who travelled the world, it is now the whole world who comes to St. Tropez.

There are a number of lovely museums to see, such as L’Annonciade museum in St. Tropez itself, and devoted to artists who have been inspired by the town, such as Signac, Matisse and Derain.

The museum is open all week except Tuesday. Telephone: +33 4 94 55 15 05

There are also market days and the market villages of Ste. Maxime,  Gassin, Bormes les Mimosas, Ramatuelle and, of course, St. Tropez.

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Dates for the diary

Here are a few events in the Var not to be missed during your stay at the Hôtel le Suffren:

  • Giraglia Rolex Cup, organised by the Yacht Club Italiano, Yacht Club de France and the St. Tropez Watersports Society, the Giraglia has become one of the biggest yacht races off the Mediterranean coast drawing together more than 200 boats, 10 nationalities, from 16 to 19 June.
    A prestigious yachting event with a fleet of increasingly international and ultra-competitive sailboats.
  • Festival of 15 August, celebrating the fishermen and sailors and the Allies landing in 1944, fireworks display
  • Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez sailing event, from the last weekend in September to the first weekend in October
  • The Braderie St. Tropez, last weekend in October
  • Les Voiles d’Automne sailing event, first weekend in November
  • Rallye du Var car rally, last weekend in November

 Download the "Entertainment guide" (pdf brochure)