Le Lavandou is a pretty and unpretentious beach resort on 12 kms of coastline in the Var, situated midway between Saint Tropez and Toulon. The closest train station is at Toulon,and you can take bus 7801 to Le Lavandou from either Saint Tropez or Toulon. You can also take a boat from Saint Tropez to Le Lavandou.
This beach resort is absolutely bursting with places to eat- many with pretty views of beach or the boats bobbing in the marina. Bistr'eau Ryon is a good pick on the beachfront, while La Farigoulette is a quirky, friendly inn where the walls are covered in memorabilia and knick knacks- and the always changing menu is just as interesting!
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Le Lavandou has had a history of destruction. Burnt down several times by the Bourbons and frequently pillaged by pirates and navies, this quiet fishing village was finally bombed in 1944. As a result, there isn't a great deal to see when it comes to old buildings, as it has all been rebuilt. The Church of Saint Louis is worth a look, but apart from that it's probably time to relax and hit the beach!
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Things to Do nearby
If you tire of lazing about on the beach, diving off the coast or eating in beach clubs, you've got plenty of other options. Le Lavandou is on quite a developed part of the coast, but once you escape the town you'll find some fantastic hiking trails, both on the coast and hill trails up in the Maures. Some long-distance hiking trails pass quite close to Le Lavandou, including the GR51 and the GR90. There's also 100 kms of cycle paths in the Maures. While in Le Lavandou, you can take a boat trip to the extremely pretty islands Hyeres islands of Porquerolle or Port Cros; both have hiking trails as well as stunning beaches and quiet forested coves. There's also the Grand Jardin for a relaxing day in the park or some outdoor sports, and an outdoor cinema to spend balmy summer evenings.
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Le Lavandou is famous for its wide, sandy beaches and turquoise waters- there are actually 12 separate beaches in coves edged by beautiful pine and eucalyptus forest. Each beach seems to have a different personality! There are two nudist beaches at Plage du Rossignol and Plage du Layet, a sporting beach at Plage de Cavaliere, a 'trendy' beach at L'Anglade, and the long main beach Plage du Lavandou for families. For those wanting solitude the pines, head to Elephant Beach, Plage du Cap Nègre or Plage Jean Blanc by the creek.
The closest golf club to Le Lavandou is Golf de Valcros at Hyères- a relaxed, family friendly course. Further afield at Sainte-Maxime you'll find the excellent Golfe de Beauvallon by the sea and the Golfe de Sainte-Maxime, which has a hilly course with stunning views. For more details check out our Golfing Pages.
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Le Lavandou is a lively town in summer, with bright lights, bars and discos along the waterfront. Wander along and take your pick!
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