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Sainte Maxime - a perfect Provencal location

It's hard to find a town or village in the sunny region of Provence that can't be said to have a pretty idyllic location. But, Sainte Maxime surely occupies one of the best spots around. Facing south, over the stunning blue waters of the Gulf of Saint Tropez, Sainte Maxime offers not only ease of access to the well documented resorts of the Riviera, but also a less trodden path into the gorgeous countryside inland. The town itself is of a good, yet not overwhelming size. The town centre is vibrant and well equipped with commerce and culture, yet retains original and interesting mediaeval characteristics and exudes the essence of the Mediterranean.

In and about town

Sainte Maxime offers everything you could want in terms of shops, bars and restaurants within its boundaries. There's the eclectic mix of small, local style shops where you can pick up delicacies unique to the region, traditional markets and modern shopping centres. Having both a mediaeval heritage and an economy driven by tourism, there's also plenty to do and see. The historic features of the town include a square tower dating back to the 16th century, an olive mill and a 15th century chateau. More modern, yet equally interesting attractions are a museum of mechanical music, botanical gardens where you can walk and sit in the shade of sweeping trees to gain refuge from the blazing sun, and an Aqua Park.

Enjoy the beaches and all kinds of outdoor activities

This is the French Riviera, home to the best loved beaches and warm waters of the Mediterranean. The area is the spiritual home of water sports, with boat trips and activities such as water skiing, jet skiing, scuba diving and just about any other sea and beach related sports you can name. It isn't only about the sea, though. Sainte Maxime also offers opportunities to go horse-riding, walking and cycling, or to play a round of golf. You'll find tennis courts, petanque courts and even clay pigeon shooting, should that take your fancy.

Visit glamorous Saint Tropez and the fascinating Calanques

Once you've decided to leave the town and explore the area, you'll probably want to take a look at Saint Tropez, famed for its glamorous past and celebrity visitors. Popular resorts such as Frejus are easily reached, and it only takes a little longer to reach the grand old city of Nice, where there's enough to keep you busily exploring for days. You might choose to visit the spectacular Calanques, fascinating rock formations that are a unique feature of this coast.

Explore vineyards and pine forests inland

Or you could turn your attention inland and discover whispering olive groves, neat vineyards and acres of pine forests that resound with that most evocative of Mediterranean sounds, the incessant chirping of the cicadas. Wherever you choose, it's sure to please.

How to get there

The area is well connected in transportation terms, and very easy to reach from the UK. TGV stations abound, with the major ones being Toulon, Nice and Marseille. Rail networks will take you close to your destination with the minimum of hassle. Flying offers a choice of airports too, at the same three main cities, and there's a good variety of flights and airlines. Drivers can access Sainte Maxime, which sits on the D559, from the main A8 motorway.

Property prices and availability in and around Sainte Maxime

The French Riviera will never be the cheapest place to buy property due to its sheer desirability. However, it's the perfect place to make a sound investment for the same reasons. There will never be a shortage of people seeking good property in this area, and the potential to make back some money from holiday lets is ever present. Quality new build developments offer some of the best deals around, with opportunities to have your own Riviera apartment from just over 400,000 Euros. Of course, if you require the last word in luxury and money isn't an issue, there are also properties valued at upwards of 4 million Euros.

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Sainte Maxime AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Sainte Maxime?

Sainte Maxime is found in the south-east of France. It's located in the south of the department of Var, on the Mediterranean coast.

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

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF VAR

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Population: 13,519


Access: By air: Fly to Toulon, Nice or Marseille. By rail: The TGV runs to Toulon, Nice and Marseille. By road: The town lies on the D559, close to the A8 motorway.


Economy: The economy is largely concerned with tourism, in common with many Mediterranean towns, but also has a thriving local commercial economy. Olive oil and wine is also produced here.


Interesting fact: The earliest records of the town show it to have been in existence in the 11th century. However, there are signs that the area was inhabited in pre-historic times.

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