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Grimaud - a Provencal jewel

Provence and the Côte d'Azur. The very names conjure up images of golden sunshine, turquoise seas, vineyards, castles and the scent of wild herbs and lavender. Grimaud offers all this and more. Its heritage, its location in the Provencal hills close to the stunning Mediterranean coast and near to the glamorous resort of St Tropez, all add up to make it one of the most perfect and desirable villages in France.

The village heritage

The village dates to the 11th century, and a sense of history pervades wherever you look. The castle is the most notable feature of Grimaud's heritage. It's well worth the climb to the castle to have a look around, and this also provides a remarkable vantage point to gaze out over the stunning views that lie below. From here you can see the azure sea of St Tropez and Port Grimaud, as well as the typically Provencal countryside of vineyards, cork oaks and pine trees and silvery olive groves.

The castle isn't the only heritage site in Grimaud. There is also a Romanesque church, a restored 17th century windmill and many pretty and beautifully well preserved mediaeval houses. The village has a folk museum that's worth a visit, and of course there are the traditional French markets and craft fairs held outdoors through the warm summer months. Sparkling fountains can also be spotted in several parts of Grimaud, providing a cooling show as you follow the trail around the village, marked by wall plaques so you don't lose your way or miss anything of importance.

Shops and restaurants in Grimaud

The village is well equipped with restaurants, and eating out provides a chance to enjoy some of the best locally produced foods and wines in France. The region is bursting with local specialities, from freshly caught fish to marinated olives and the acclaimed wines of the AOC Côtes de Provence appellation. A number of shops are also found in Grimaud, close to the main square and the Mairie. Larger shops are located in nearby St Tropez and Port Grimaud.

Visit vibrant Port Grimaud and the limestone cliffs near Cap Ferrat

Leaving the village behind, you will find a treasure chest of places to visit and activities to enjoy. St Tropez, with its sophistication and glamour, is a must see. But don't assume this is the only fabulous seaside place that the area has to offer. Port Grimaud is charming, with its colourful marina and vibrant atmosphere. Then not far distant are the tourist attractions of Juan les Pins, Cap Ferrat and the stunning limestone cliffs and azure waters of the Calanques.

Explore Nice old town and relax at the waterfront

A day spent in the glamorous and cosmopolitan town of Nice is never anything but a day to remember, with so much to see. The old town has many grand old buildings, while along the waterfront, endless hours can be spent dining at your choice of the excellent restaurants, watching the multi million pound yachts cruising in and out of the harbour.

Discover hilltop villages inland

Inland lies the legendary landscape of Provence. Fields of lavender in summer transform the land to a vivid purple, while in January and February, brilliant yellow mimosas offer a hint of the sunshine to come. A host of hilltop villages invite you to explore the beauty and heritage of this fascinating region.

Sports and leisure activities to enjoy

A base in or near to Grimaud makes it easy to find endless activities to fill your days. Water sports abound at the seaside, while inland you might also choose to take a tasting visit to a wine domain, explore the countryside on foot or on horseback, or get really energetic and follow the VTT trails on a mountain bike. Tours of museums and craft shops are also popular, allowing you to discover the cultural heritage of the Var. Of course, long lazy days at the beach are also always on the agenda. Waterfront cafés and seafood restaurants are very much a part of the whole Riviera experience.

How to get there

Nice, Toulon and Marseille all have international airports offering a variety of flights to the area. Rail travel is also easy, with major stations in all three cities linking to local services. Finally, if driving is your preferred form of transport, the nearest motorways are the A8 and A57. Grimaud itself lies on the D558/D14.

Property prices and availability in and around Grimaud

You probably guessed it, but property in Grimaud tends to be pretty much at a premium. But if you have the money to invest, there are few places that offer such rewards. Prices hold well here even in a recession, and rental values are high. Besides - if you want your very own piece of the south of France, Grimaud really does offer the very best.

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Grimaud AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Grimaud?

Grimaud lies in the south-east of France. It's located in the south of the department of the Var.

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IN THE REGION OF PROVENCE-ALPES-CÔTE D'AZUR

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Guide

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Property Map

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF VAR

Var Guide

  Var Map


Population: 3,792


Access: By air: Toulon, Nice and Marseille all have airports handy for Grimaud. By rail: The same towns all have railway stations for those who prefer to travel by train. By road: The village lies on the D558/D14.


Economy: The economy includes tourism, cork and wine.


Interesting fact: The village of Grimaud is said to have one of the wealthiest populations in the area, hardly surprising, perhaps, given its prime location!


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