About the surrounding area
Grimaud is a fine example of the medieval perched village, and is towered over by the ruins of the 11th century Grimaud castle. This village has been extremely well restored, with warm stone and Provencal-painted buildings,vaulted passageways and fountains in pretty squares. It's quite a sleepy place with a traditional feel, and In the centre you'll find a boules pitch where you can have a game or just watch the locals play from one of the benches that line the square.There are two or three galleries/gift shops, but most of your time here can be spent wandering the little cobbled back streets with their charming, flower-covered houses, or sitting down for a leisurely Provencal lunch in the shade. If heading to Port Grimaud, you'll discover a modern town that has been designed to look like an old Provencal town built on canal waterways, with pastel-coloured buildings sitting by the pretty port. Despite only having been designed and built in 1998, the architect has succeeded in making this village look and feel quite authentic- and a really rather pleasant place to be.
Grimaud is a beautiful medieval hilltop village to the west of Saint Tropez, offering glorious views of the surrounding countryside and the sea in the distance. Port Grimaud, 5km away on the coast, is a modern town designed in the old Provencal style, with a bustling superyacht marina. To get to the old village by public transport, you can take the train to Saint-Raphael, then hop on the bus to Grimaud St-Pons where you can then change for the line 7702 to Grimaud. Alternatively, in the summer a little tourist train (complete with commentary) runs from Port Grimaud up to the village.)
While the village feels quaint and sleepy, it is also a very wealthy area-meaning, of course, that you're in luck when it comes to dinner-time. Les Santons in Grimaud has been recommended by Raymond Blanc himself, while Fleur de Sel operates a small modern restaurant inside an ancient bakery and the villa at Le Murier offers modern French cuisine with hints of Japanese from its summer terrace. The waterfront at Port Grimaud is also lined with restaurants to wander along and choose between.
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Follow the steps up to the ruined 11th-century castle, 'Chateau de Grimaud', which was destroyed by Richelieu during the 17th-century Wars of Religion. There are commanding views of the countryside and coast from up here. Back in the village, the 12th-century Romanesque Saint-Michel is worth a look, as well as the 15th-century chapelle des Pénitents Blancs. Just outside the village is an old flour mill with a beautifully restored windmill, or you can head further afield to the ruins of the aqueduct at Pont de Fées.You can also take a walking tour of the village- pick up a pamphlet at the Tourist Office.
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Things to Do nearby
Situated on the edge of the Massif des Maures, Grimaud is in a fantastic spot for outdoor pursuits. The Maures have many hiking and mountain-biking trails which pass by Grimaud, including the long-range hiking trail GR51. From Grimaud village you can also take a short hike to the beautiful ruins of the old aqueduct at Pont de Fees. On summer nights, one of the best activities of the area is to head up to the ruins of the castle, where one section has been transformed into an outdoor theatre with a program of events- including a world music festival 'Les Grimaldines' in July. Down on the coast, Port Grimaud is near the end of the GR9 hiking trail- or you can take a diving excursion to explore the coast underwater. Why not rent a boat for the day and head out on the Golfe de Saint Tropez, stopping at sandy beaches and quiet coves along the way?
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The closest beach to Grimaud is at Port Grimaud, where the miles of sandy beaches of the Golfe de Saint Tropez await you. This huge stretch of sand has plenty of public beach space, as well as some nice beach clubs to lie back on a deckchair or eat a delicious seafood lunch. As you'd expect, there's watersport hire available too.
The closest golf course to Grimaud is the Golf Course de Beauvallon, a well-regarded 18 hole, par 70 course by the sea, while the Golf Club de Saint Tropez at Gassin is also nearby. For more information on local golf courses, consult our golfing pages.
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There's not much in the way of nightlife in this perched village except an aperitif at a terrace bar overlooking the Gulf of Saint Tropez. Sounds quite nice to me, but if you're craving an exciting night then Saint Tropez is calling your name. Port Grimaud also has a selection of bars by the waterfront.
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