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What to do in Grimaud during the winter season

Grimaud in the winter season is like an experience in a foreign land! All the activities that are organized in summer appear to be very distant memory, but don’t underestimate the dynamism that animates the Provençal Venice as there are still many outings and activities. We hope that you will include some to the activities below in your next vacation in the region.

The « bowling du golfe »

Located quart St Pont les Mûres in Grimaud, it has caught the attention of the famous travel book Petit Futé that recommends it warmly. It’s true that its eight synthetic tracks for computerized competitions, are worth the effort of coming to try and make a strike. The place is modern and friendly and has bowling alleys but there is also a billiard table and a bar in the centre to take a drink. Add to that an XXL video screen and a game room where American billiards and electronic animations can be found.

Bowling is open all year round. The facilities are designed to accommodate a young audience from 3 years old and parking is free.

Golf Up

The 9-hole Pitch and Putt golf course with its synthetic turf is set in a bucolic setting. The training area is known to be the most modern in the Var. Its academy is managed by qualified professionals. Customers experience ultra-connected entertainment with a fully computerized ball machine, pick-up robot and Trackman. You can enjoy a wonderful lunch at la Table des Oliviers and find equipment at the pro shop.

The Golf Up website

The Beauvallon Golf Club

It is a true masterpiece with its 18 holes in an environment that offers a panoramic view of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. It covers 40 hectares in an exceptionally well maintained natural setting.

Website of the Golf du Beauvallon

Grimaud Aventure

It is in the centre of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez that the accrobranche park is located in a pine forest whose 2 hectares are ideal for adventure. More than 60 workshops are available with 6 courses that include progressive difficulties. A unique opportunity to spend an exceptional moment with family or friends. The routes have smart carabiners or continuous lifelines to offer you aerial games that require balance and strength in complete safety. You can refresh yourself under the shade of this unusual forest of umbrella pines.

From 1 October to 28 February, trips are offered every day from 10.30 am to 5 pm (last departure at 3.30 pm).

More information can be found here.

Grimaud Karting Leisure

Discover a unique fully equipped structure, with its certified two-way circuit and its facilities (workshop, stands, terrace, snack bar…). Located in the heart of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, Grimaud Karting offers several models for everyone: LR5-160, RX-250, GT5-270, HANDIKART, BI-PLACE…. Machines adapted to all ages are therefore available in the park, as well as many initiation and race packages: Initiation courses, Endurance Mini Grand Prix, Grand Prix, or even birthday packages, etc..

Click here for more information about Grimaud Karting Leisure.

Pep’s Spirit

The Pep’s Spirit allows you to discover a different side of Saint-Tropez from the one that is synonymous with jet set and bling bling. Far from the glitter, it’s the ultimate eco-tourism trip! You have the choice between a wide range of activities, with an instructor or in complete autonomy. But whether you are guided or free, outings in turquoise waters offer many surprises. Each trip is a blend of land and sea, along the coast or in the discovery of the « forêt des Maures », a delightful combination of relaxation and action.

Thus the rentals of giant paddle or pirogue, Nordic walking as well as road cycling or kayaking… everything is an opportunity to take care of yourself by having a good time. Private lessons can be provided upon request.

The La Mène ranch

You will find it at the base of the « massif des Maures ». The objective of the team of passionate relay enthusiasts is to make you discover the whole thing on horseback. It is a genuine healthy course, in the wild nature of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, which is offered to you here. Pony and horse initiation courses are available. The first ones are designed to be used by the young ones, while the second ones are a real learning experience for you! Handling and sorting of livestock will only lead to slipping into the cowboy costume. And you shouldn’t miss the walks that are offered on Grimaud for anything in the world.

Exceptional encounters made on the spot are composed of llamas, pigs or biquettes. Activities for children include a bouncy castle, trampolines, but the young and old will gather at the end in the western atmosphere at the Ranch Grill.

Website of the Ranch

All these activities are open all year round, even in winter. They will give you the chance to discover Grimaud in a completely different way, so have fun:-).

The timeless charm of Port Grimaud

Well protected in the hollow of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, Port Grimaud is a haven of peace nestled between the sky and the sea. This cozy haven originates from the productive personality of François Spoerry, an architect who in the 1960s deemed it worthwhile to transform a swamp into our beautiful « Venise provençale ». Thus this delightful place was conceived, in which you only have to set sail to enjoy the freedom of the high seas…. A family destination par excellence!

Its canal system

The canals were instinctively established on the marshes of the Giscle River around which his medieval village was developed. If it was compared to the Venetian city, it was due to the fact that it was built on its canals. Of course the French style has been the norm here, with fishermen’s houses similar to those found in Saint-Tropez. A boat service provides a scheduled service to the famous village.

Its unique style

The main reason Port Grimaud stands out is because of its layout. Its houses were built with waterfront facilities and (almost) each one has its own private mooring. Whether you want to go to Sainte-Maxime, to enjoy its endless beaches, or dive into the jet set world of Saint-Tropez, everything is possible. Whether you are on holiday or staying here for a while, this pretty corner of Paradise gives us a glimpse of what charm is all about.

colored houses by the lakefront

Its numerous wonders

In addition to being a lakeside city, Port Grimaud is the perfect gateway to an extraordinary cultural wealth. There are countless activities that highlight a wide range of artistic fields in both the winter and summer. You’ll find numerous art galleries as well as a traditional open air market. The old-fashioned alleys are dotted with café terraces and restaurants offering a wide variety of culinary specialities.

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Its environment

One of the distinctive features of Port Grimaud is that it belongs to the medieval village of Grimaud, which is characterized by the ruins of a feudal castle. This is a landmark, with a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, which until the end of the 19th century was actually called the Gulf of Grimaud. The Var region is a lovely spot in the sun, where many musical outings and other activities take place. Its authenticity is incomparable to the tourist sites available elsewhere, with its cobbled streets that smell of the Provence and its history.

One of the typical Grimaud alleys

The charm of Grimaud

We strongly recommend one of the many discovery trails that are available for hikers. The Pont des Fées trail is one of them, where you can discover legends and geology, historical and cultural heritage. The hinterland of Var, in the heart of the Maures Massif, has many assets.

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The pont des fées / The fairy bridge

If you want to experience these timeless delights, the Boutemy Immobilier Agency will be pleased to guide you through Port Grimaud neighbourhoods. If you want to get in touch with us, check out this blog where we publish weekly articles. You will be dealing with a team of professionals, so don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more about the properties we offer for rent or for sale.

Port Grimaud, a perfect blend between traditions and modernity

Port Grimaud is a perfect blend between respect for traditions, modernity and the preservation of nature. All those who are familiar with it will boast about the many attractions of this Provençal Venice, which is a natural reflection of the passionate spirit of a very great artist, François Spoerry.

François Spoerry’s architecture 

We owe it to François Spoerry who, by using recycled materials to create his apartments and houses was well ahead of his time. He has recreated all the Provençal charm by imagining and crafting Port Grimaud, a unique model of its kind. In order to use the best means possible, this trendsetter has thus ensured that everyone can have a mooring within the vicinity of their home. Nowadays, we can hardly imagine that this pleasant lakeside city is only 51 years old.

This exceptional architectural structure has led to Port Grimaud being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site of the 20th century site in 2002. Its geographical location is a major factor behind its prominence! It is well sheltered in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez but its easy accessibility to everything is the reason for its richness and popularity. Regarding private condominiums, these areas are provided with unique services although they are nevertheless not closed to visitors. To ensure the privacy of residents and tenants, vehicles are left outside in the parking lot. But discovering the village on foot is the best opportunity for you to enjoy it to the fullest.

The beautiful coloured facades of the houses in Port Grimaud

The wild nature

Port Grimaud is one of the most important « marinas » on the French Riviera most certainly for its 2,000 moorings, which make it a gateway to the deep blue sea. You will find electric boats, these ecological water coaches that sail on the canals. This is simply the Dolce Vita version of Provence, which you can share with friends or family for a very pleasant outing.

The coastline instantly makes you think of beaches and the sun and when you see the sea you immediately think of water sports. But at the gateway to the Massif des Maures, the lakeside city also offers you the opportunity to enjoy beautiful hikes as far as Sainte-Maxime. To enjoy a panoramic view of Saint-Tropez and its gulf, this is the best itinerary you can find to enjoy its wild nature. Make a stop in one of the small coves along the coast, take a bath or take a dip in its abyss. If you feel like it, you can dive, but also water ski, canoe or rent a pedal boat.

The massif des Maures

The port has its village

Do not forget that the lakeside city belongs to the municipality of Grimaud, a beautiful medieval village. Therefore, you can enjoy many festivities while making even more discoveries. Grimaud has managed to preserve an important cultural heritage characterized by its Occitan charm with its village in the heart of the land. Classified historical monuments such as the feudal castle and the Saint-Michel church are its pride and joy. The Popular Arts and Traditions Museum offers you the opportunity to discover what Provençal life was like in the past with its flowered streets and old-fashioned paved houses commemorating it all the time.

The Popular Arts and Traditions Museum of Grimaud

But Grimaud also represents the cultural richness in its purest form, with exhibitions in its very own streets. The guided tours are more like  » Heritage events  » or  » Stories about Grimaud « . As for the festivities, they take place all year round and the concerts organized within the castle feature top-class artistic events. The famous Grimaldines are its crowning glory, like an emblem displaying the colours of this corner of Paradise.
Finally, do not leave it without experiencing its natural and culinary heritage, it’s a blessing.

Events and entertainment in Grimaud in December 2018

The year is coming to an end and there are a lot of activities to be enjoyed in our lovely Provençal village during the month of December.

Saturday 01 December: Rugby Club lottery

A friendly and exciting rugby atmosphere will be the main attraction. Be the sponsors of one evening to encourage our young people to pursue their personal and collective development through our club and this magnificent sport, the school of life… Rugby.
To win: an electric bike, a TV, a PS4, household appliances and many other prizes!
Drinks and meals are available on site.

6pm – Blaquières Sports Complex
Reservations at 07 86 34 34 46 22 22
Organized by the Gulf Rugby Club

Tuesday 04 December: Advent evening in Grimaud

Every year, Grimaud Europe celebrates the tradition of Advent, the period preceding Christmas, with a great festive evening. Everyone brings traditional dishes, salty or sweet delicacies from their region or country to savour with friends. A very pleasant way to get to know each other better and to discover our customs and those of our neighbours.

6pm – Beausoleil Hall – Free entry Organised by the extra-municipal commission of Grimaud Europe

Friday 07 December: Celebration of Light

To celebrate the start of the Christmas and New Year festivities, the Association des Feux de la Saint Jean invites you to come and enjoy hot chocolate, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. This year, the traditional torchlight walk for children will be led by artists who are passionate about it.

6pm – Place Vieille – Free entry
Co-organized by the association des Feux de la Saint Jean and the association of Grimaud Animations

Sunday 09 December: Sundays on the Stage

« Perfume & Suspicions » by Troupe Les Miss on stage.

Every Thursday afternoon, the four Martin sisters meet to play cards. But this Thursday will be a little special when Commissioner Oscar Berthomieu visits them to announce the murder of Irma Santos, who recently returned to her hometown. A murder in which the sisters may well be involved. Four sisters, four contrasting personalities but no alibi….. Twenty-four hours to conduct a thorough investigation: the Martin sisters will have to reveal a couple of well-kept secrets… A police plot led by a police commissioner with an iron fist in a velvet glove.

5:30 pm – Beausoleil Hall Free entry (limited places)
Organized by the Culture & Heritage Department

Wednesday 12 December: the time dedicated to storytelling 

« BABA YAGA »

In the faraway lands of Russia, the story of Baba Yaga is recounted around the fire… not the story of Santa Claus but the story of Baba Yaga! Who is she? Is she a witch? No! She’s a child-eating spinster living in a small isba, perched on chicken feet!
It is even rumoured that every time she is asked a question, she gets a year older.
Who will fall into the hands of Baba Yaga? Vassilissa or you?

6:30 pm – Beausoleil Hall – Free entry Tale for children from 2 years old
Organized by the Youth and Animation Department

Saturday 15 December: Christmas Cup at Golf Up

Golf Up is expecting you for the Christmas CUP. The opportunity to get together and celebrate the last golf competition of the year together! Young and old, experienced golfers and beginners, come and have fun on the course!

On the agenda, Saturday 15 December:
2pm: Arrival of the players.
2:30 pm: Start of the competition in 9-hole Shot Gun. Game formula: Simple Stableford.
3:30 pm: Return of the players.
4pm: Award ceremony with Santa Claus.
Meanwhile, golf school party will be held.
Entry fees: adults 35€, Golf Up card + 30€, juniors (-18 years old) 15€.

Sunday 16 December: Children’s Christmas and toys fair

During this Christmas season, Grimaud Animations and the Tourism Office are organizing a special afternoon for children. A show, refreshment and the arrival of Santa Claus. Nowadays, the traditional toy market is free and open to everyone (registration at the Tourism Office). Our little munchkins will even be able to enjoy pony rides thanks to the Ranch de la Mène.

2pm – Beausoleil Hall – Free entry
Co-organized by Grimaud Animations and the Tourism Office Information: 04 94 55 43 83

Saturday 22 December: Dancing concert

« Fred et son frère »

With Frédéric and JeanChristophe Gairard.

Accompanied for the occasion by Jérémie Schacre, their friend from the group « Clair de lune trio » (gypsy and electric guitarist) and Stéphane Bularz, a skilled double bass player from the group « Tzwing ».
For its Advent evening, Grimaud Animations invited these four talented performers to offer the audience of the Beausoleil hall a rare musical evening of listening and dancing. A beautiful moment of pleasure for the ears (and feet) to be enjoyed on the penultimate day of Christmas Eve.
A cozy setting, swing atmosphere, champagne and petits fours will available.

Sunday 23 December: Christmas with the great organs

Brice MONTAGNOUX (Organ) Eva VILLEGAS (clarinetist)

For the first time, here are two concerts to celebrate Christmas with the Organ of the Saint-Michel church, the first of its kind, designed by the factor Pascal Quoirin, which has been enriching the city of Grimaud’s heritage since 2015.

The instrument that majestically animates the services celebrated in the church presents all the facets of its registrations during numerous concerts and is at the centre of the scheduling of the Musical Evenings of Grimaud.

At 3 p.m., it is the organist Brice Montagnoux, owner of the Quoirin grand organ of the church of Sanary-sur-Mer and artistic advisor to the City of Saint-Maximin for the scheduling of organ concerts at the basilica, who will enlighten all its sound colours with a programme dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach, Louis-Claude Daquin and Olivier Messiaen.

Brice Montagnoux will then be joined by clarinetist Eva Villegas for a program that combines the sonorities of the clarinet with those of the organ with works by Camille Saint-Saëns, Claude Debussy, Fernande Decruck and Charles-Marie Widor.

3pm – Saint-Michel Church – Free entry (limited places) Organized by the Tourism Office

Visiting Port Grimaud

Houses in Port Grimaud with beautifully coloured facades

This lakeside city founded in 1966 on a swamp by the architect François Spoerry, is the Venice of Provence of Var. Explore this colourful Mediterranean port, which has canals lined with small « fishermen’s houses » and picturesque alleys.

NEXT DATES:

Wednesday 26 December at 3pm
Friday 28 December at 3pm

In January, the following dates have been scheduled:
Wednesday 2 January at 3pm
Friday 4 January at 3pm
For reservation, please contact the Tourism Office 04 94 55 43 43 83
Go to the main entrance of Port-Grimaud 1 (next to the Petit)
Duration 1h30 – Walking tour
Fees: adults: 5€ / youth (11-17 years old): 2€50. Free for children under 10 years old
A small snack will be offered to children

And like always…

Grimaud’s permanent guidance course

Come and discover one of the most beautiful villages in France while having fun or by challenging yourself individually, in a group or with your family. This orientation space is a network of posts permanently installed with details characteristic of the municipality, and evidenced by beacons.
It is suitable for all types of orientation activities, sports, leisure and tourism.
With the help of a motherboard available free of charge at the Tourism Office, try out one of the 4 thematic routes at your disposal.
Everyone can do it their own way! Then meet us at the Tourism Office and and have a look at your compasses!

Provençal markets

the market square in Port Grimaud

Every Thursday in Grimaud Village (Place de l’Eglise)
Every Thursday & Sunday in Port Grimaud

Flea market

Every Sunday at the Jas des Robert 

Port Grimaud in Autumn

Discover our cultural variety

Culture is certainly promoted all year round in Port Grimaud and not only during the summer when tourists are visiting our little village. Like a magician, who never reveals his tricks, Provençal Venice always has something new to offer.

Grimaud’s Musical Evenings

The autumn-winter season started on Sunday, November 18, with the brilliant entry of « the 1826, great Quartets ». The Psophos performed pieces of classical music in a venue with an exceptional heritage for a concert of an equally impressive quality.

The port has its village

The guided tour of the port is among the most famous, and it takes place every Wednesday of the year. Colourful and enchanting with its picturesque alleys, this Mediterranean port is different from the others because of its canals which border the « fishermen’s houses » . Our lakeside city is brightened every Thursday and Sunday morning by a market where local products and seafood are on display. In short, everything that makes Provence so appealing!

The colourful facades of the houses in Port Grimaud

The tales and history of the village of Grimaud are filled with anecdotes, all of them extremely interesting. The Tourism Office offers you 3 free visits:

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  • Guided tour of the castle once a month, to learn more about its history
  • Discover the chapel of Notre Dame de la Queste, a major place of the Gulf pilgrimage because of its blessing on horses.
  • Many walks to be enjoyed on the Cirkwi site including Grimaud-Port Grimaud, Le Pont des Fées, Le Pierredon, la Calade, la Castellane and le Peyron.

Treat yourself: many restaurants are open all year round

You can enjoy delicious meals all year round in Grimaud! The summer season may have come to an end, but you will still find some very nice places to eat good food:

Make your choice!

  • Le Just’in café, in which the management promises you dishes made with love, with fresh and quality products. Its casual table is packed with homemade burgers and fries, pizzas and salads with handmade desserts.
  • The Santons offer you gastronomic dishes, where the local recipes are well known. This restaurant has been recognized by the Collège Culinaire de France. It is available for private events with a maximum of 50 people.
  • Pizza Léone is open all year round for lovers of quality. You can enjoy pizzas made by a pizzaiolo graduate from the French Pizza School. Which can be eaten at the restaurant or taken away with a variety of sumptuous salads.
  • La Bastide Blanche has a  » contemporary and fusion  » menu with a blend of subtlety and elegance. Its success is based on a concept whereby semi-gastronomy creates a lounge spirit where music is in the spotlight.
  • Le Clem’s is a friendly and warm setting. It is a balance combining all levels of society and a sporting atmosphere. Its menus are also a combination of Provençal and traditional dishes.
  • – L’Ecurie de la Marquise has a range of Niçoise specialities and pizzas which can be taken away or eaten at the restaurant while enjoying a cozy atmosphere with antique furniture. The mood is refreshing and its local dishes are complemented by a vintage cellar.
  • – Le New-Burg offers a selection of burgers inspired by the French style. This steakhouse offers exceptional quality meats, but also fresh homemade fish and a wide range of salads.
  • – Le Jas des Roberts: This is an exceptional site that hosts this restaurant, where traditional and Provençal dishes are served with a breathtaking view of the Grimaud region. Grilled meats, meats and fish are served on request.
  • – Didier’s table is very welcoming and ideal for traditional dishes. It puts a lot of emphasis on products such as truffles and meats from many parts of the world. Fish lovers and vegetarians will certainly be delighted!
  • La Table des Oliviers is open 7/7 days all year round. It has sophisticated and diverse dishes that will delight your taste buds while enjoying an exceptional view of the Gulf. A setting where Provençal charm blends with modernity.
  • Le Terracota guarantees you « Epicurean PleasuresAn absolute Delight ». Its refined and aromatic dishes are inspired by Mediterranean cultures. « A real culinary journey to the land of flavours » as they say!
  • Le Thai Boat, a fast food restaurant which is open every day for lunch and dinner on the go.
  • La Maracana Churrascaria offers a diverse menu. Grilled meats and pizzas are the most popular
  • Le Café Telline which has already featured in several articles on the blog here and there.
  • La Pizzeria Don Peppe, an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria whose opening we recounted in these pages.

We would never have enough words to describe all of them to you. We will tell you more about the restaurants below in future articles.

Trattoria Pizzeria St Joseph – Pizza Italia – Le Monroe’s Brasserie – Pizzeria Don Peppe – La Caravelle – La Fontaine – La Spaghetta – Apopino Restaurant – Crêperie-Grill Le Boubou – Marina Lounge Bar and Restaurant – La Tartane – Le Murier.

There are many other places with very good ratings, but they are closed during the off-season.

Whether it is around a beautiful table with your feet in the water or in one of the charming alleys of this medieval village, Port Grimaud offers a wide range of choices. Whether you want to learn about Provençal flavours or explore new horizons, our restaurateurs are here to serve you. Now, all we can do is wish you a « bon appétit »!

Grimaud is keen on facilitating the settling of young farmers

The municipality of Grimaud has launched a consultation process with landowners to facilitate the settling of young farmers. Objective: to restore the cultivable area to its former glory.

On one side, is an agricultural plain of 532 hectares divided into small plots, 11% of which are fallow. On the other hand, are the ambitious young farmers who want to start their own business.

To kill two birds with one stone, the Grimaudoise municipality was able to bring together landowners and project leaders in the Blaquières during the week of November 5, 2018.

The Mayor, Alain Benedetto, accompanied by representatives of the Chamber of Agriculture and SAFER, were expecting a shared awareness of the current neglect of the Grimaud plain during this unprecedented meeting.

THE CURRENT GENERATION

After a reminder of the situation in the agricultural plain, the discussions were held. And the project leaders, a dozen of them in attendance were the most forthcoming in the discussions.

Like Sylvain for example, a farmer from Cogolin: « My goal is to make a living from the vineyard. I currently own 4 hectares.’’ ‘’I currently own 4 hectares. Ideally, I would like to have about 8-10 hectares.’’ Other projects presented included the setting-up of a chicken farm on a one-hectare plot.

Or the case of a young man from Gassin who is currently looking for a 5 hectare plot of land to cultivate vines.

« We can see that these young people are dynamic and have a lot of ideas. Relying on them will ensure that we can look forward to something sustainable for the agricultural future of the plain, » Alain Benedetto emphasized.

THE LANDOWNERS HAVE A MAJOR ROLE TO PLAY

For their part, the landowners in attendance were less vocal. Only two of the fifteen or so present spoke, however, they indicated that they were willing to rent or sell their land. Nonetheless, most of them established contact with the project leaders at the end of the meeting.

« It’s a start, » Alain Benedetto pointed out. Some of them are finding it difficult to let go of their land, without properly keeping it up to standard, while the young people need it as well. »

Because the biggest hurdle that future farmers will have to overcome is still the availability of land:  » Nowadays, the landowners are the ones who have the biggest say. We must trust the newcomers in the sector and give them the opportunity to express themselves, » Arnaud Ferraro, president of the Young Farmers of the Gulf, insisted.

Notably, the lands around the old Traveller’s area, which was abolished in 2017 were targeted: « No one was exploiting them because of their proximity. This must change now. »

Committed to the agricultural and forest land management of the Grimaud plain since 2015, the municipality wants to bring the stakeholders together to create renewed interest in the plain. Whilst everyone has been sensitized and informed, there is still a lot of work to be done to restore this area to its former state of the 1960s: « When all the plots were under cultivation ».

This article was first published in French in our local newspaper Var Matin.

Port Grimaud, useful tips and good ideas

During holidays, housing accounts for the largest part of expenses. But it is important to ensure this does not affect the activities. Good news, Port Grimaud is offering you activities for as little as nothing or even free of charge. To enjoy an idyllic stay, tips are offered to you in abundance and don’t worry, they are suitable for all budgets.

A privileged setting in the heart of the French Riviera

Wherever you look, if there is a place where nature has been able to assert its law, it is right in the heart of the Var. Enjoying an enviable location, halfway between the Massif des Maures and the shimmering Mediterranean Sea, Port Grimaud is a delight to behold. Oscillating between the sea and mountainous landscapes, hiking is available for all budgets. A good equipment and you are ready to go on one of the tours available to enthusiasts of all levels while admiring the splendours of the region.

The massif des Maures

Cultural outings and free entertainment available in abundance

The Tourist Office organises activities for everyone so each one of you can benefit from the countless opportunities the region has to offer : from cultural activities to discovery outings or workshops, you will always be able to find free ones. It is a real manna that is being offered to you to make your holiday an unforgettable experience. And of course, you can brazenly relaxing on the sumptuous beaches of our coastline.

– Heritage Discoveries: In addition to the guided tours organised each month by the municipality, you can explore the architectural treasures of Grimaud. This superb medieval village has several tours in store to enchant you. The tours run through the chapel of Saint-Roch and its mill and can be extended to the Pont des Fées. To find out about the schedules of these outings, as well as many other activities, visit the portal of the Grimaud Tourist Office at http://www.grimaud-provence.com/.

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The Saint-Roch chapel

– Exhibitions of all kinds: For several centuries, Provence has been the lair of painters of all nationalities. Several art galleries have chosen Grimaud as their home, with so many photos, sculptures, ceramics as well as jewellery by artists and others. And if it is a little late to participate in the sessions of the Salon des Peintres, Atelier 14 and the Galerie des Arcades remain open all year round.

Exposition dans les rues de Grimaud

– Concerts and theatre: Although the summer season ended in a blaze of glory on Port Grimaud and its city, we should not forget that the 16th Saint-Tropez Autumn Festival is extending the season until November 3rd. On the programme are many artists and musical groups in recitals who, since the beginning of September, have been performing at the Théâtre De La Renaissance – Cinéma. For more information on the concerts in progress, visit the cultural agenda page of the 16th St-Tropez Autumn Festival.

But whether you will be visiting for a day or several weeks, consult our blog to make the best of your holidays in Port Grimaud. The Boutemy real estate agency is committed to regularly publishing the programmes of its port and city.

Our team wishes you an excellent stay, complemented by unforgettable moments.

Port Grimaud, ideal holiday destination for families

If you are planning to spend your holidays with your family, Port Grimaud is a destination that will delight both children and grownups alike. Rightly known as the  » Provencal Venice « , this vibrant lakeside city has countless attractions! This is a reality that we cannot emphasize enough, because everyone, without exception, will find it worthwhile. It is a special place on the French Riviera, where, not far from the jet set of Saint-Tropez, sublime golden sandy beaches are found alongside the famous medieval village of Grimaud.

Activities in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez

A magical atmosphere during the Grimaldines festival

They are quite numerous, by the way! Let us remember the famous Grimaldines, a festival where music resounds day and night to the rhythm of the currents. This year they are celebrating their 16th birthday, which is a good reason for a great celebration. An extraordinary and unusual mixture, where great concerts and street shows happily combine. Two major events, with a unique atmosphere, should also be mentioned: the Harley Davidson Euro Festival, a celebration held each year in May and the Sails of Saint-Tropez regattas in October.

Discovering Port Grimaud

We strongly recommend that you use the water coaches to discover the village. You can admire the yachts and sailboats that have come to anchor there. To fully enjoy the Provencal scents, nothing beats a quick tour of the market, where all the Occitan flavours blend together. On the other hand, Port Grimaud is also about taking a step closer to the village, to discover exceptional wild landscapes.

The remnants of Grimaud

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The medieval castle of Grimaud

The splendid Riviera is hardly a surprise, so visiting the hilltop village of Grimaud and its medieval castle is better natural. The amphitheatre is used as a pretext to give open-air shows as soon as the summer season arrives. But it is the surroundings that display its great riches, with landscapes reminiscent of the decorations that adorn our nativity scenes during Christmas. Only the figurines and its mill are missing for it to look like we are experiencing one of Daudet’s tales. As part of the  » Heritage Festival « , come and relive the legend and myths of Grimaud!

Water games

And finally the icing on the cake! In addition to everything you will find to do in Port Grimaud, the lakeside town is the ideal place to enjoy for sporting activities. You can enjoy the seaside pleasures offered by the beach, but also water sports. As a result, swimming and diving are combined with water skiing, sailing or surfing to ensure you have fun. From the land to the sea, Grimaud is a docking port in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez where you can settle down. To enjoy these Var pleasures with your feet in the water and with mooring please book without delay as the rentals are in great demand. The Boutemy.net agency will be happy to help you find the perfect solution, so don’t hesitate to come and knock on its door. You will be able to discover all the attractive offers that have been reserved for you and thus make your dream become a reality.

Port Grimaud, the extraordinary challenge of a genius architect

The origins of Port Grimaud

The history of Port Grimaud is magnificent and it is with great pleasure that we will narrate it to you today in these pages.

In 1962, a Mulhousian architect named François Spoerry acquired a marshland in the heart of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez that no one wanted, but he had a vision and devoted the rest of his life to it.

This is the land bought by F. Spoerry to build Port Grimaud on it

During holidays with friends in Greece, the young sailor architect had bemoaned the difficulty of mooring his boat near his holiday rental. The dream of a lakeside city then sprang up where each house had its own mooring. This vision was realized in 1966 when the Port Grimaud building permit was granted on June 14.

Port Grimaud, a unique village in Europe

The construction work lasted from 1967 with the emergence of Port Grimaud I until the early 2000s, which marked the completion of Port Grimaud III. Today, the city is divided into 3 districts: Port Grimaud I, Port Grimaud II (also called Port Grimaud Sud) and Port Grimaud III, governed by 3 separate and autonomous trade union associations.

Port Grimaud on the French Riviera

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site of the 20th century, the village covers 90 hectares and includes 2400 accommodation units for more than 2000 moorings.

Its 7 kilometres of canals influenced its nickname « Venice Provençale ». François Spoerry has indeed made it a point of honour to respect Provençal architecture. Coloured facades, Roman tiles and the use of recycled materials have contributed to give it its original character. It is for this reason that the architecture of the creator of the lakeside city is now described as « soft architecture » because it blends perfectly into its local environment.

We could really believe that the lakeside village facing the sea has been there for centuries because it is so well integrated into the landscape.

Spoerry’s « soft architecture »

The names of the houses in Port-Grimaud are typical of the Provence. They are called fishermen’s houses – don’t get me wrong, they are by no means modest – ostales, borderives, balandrines, hunières and portales.

Coloured provencal houses

If you still don’t know the Portgrimaudois lexicon well enough, don’t worry, Marion Boutemy and Yael at the agency will be delighted to help you get started.
You can also read about the different types of Port Grimaud housing on our blog.

An exceptional quality of life

It was an extraordinary challenge, to the extent that the architect François Spoerry had to buy the land himself and start construction. No one believed in it, but driven by his vision, François Soperry has succeeded and Port Grimaud has gradually come to life. Sea lovers have found every sailor’s dream there: to be able to take their boat whenever they want, even for just one hour. Here, it’s easy since the moorings are close to the houses!

Since then, Port Grimaud has also charmed families in search of relaxation in a preserved environment.

The village life was established thanks to the shopkeepers, residents and its common spaces: captain’s office, church, gardens. Travelling is done mainly by boat, with fully electrified tow barges for the locals.

The coches d'eau to travel the canals in the lakeside city

The coches d’eau to travel the canals in the lakeside city

Port Grimaud has won the hearts of its visitors thanks to its authentic Provencal markets and its ecumenical church of Saint-François d’Assise lit by the magnificent stained glass windows of Vasarely and open.

stained glass windows by Vasarely

The lakeside town and the medieval village of Grimaud are a delight for culture lovers who enjoy the many art galleries in the village and its exceptional musical events including the Grimaldines and the musical evenings of Grimaud.

Finally, the proximity of Saint-Tropez, the mythical villages of the Var as well as the Massif des Maures make it an ideal destination for a perfect holiday.

The regattas in Port Grimaud

The Spi Dauphine Challenge

The SPI Dauphine Challenge took place from 14 to 21 April 2018 at Port Grimaud and Port Fréjus. For its 37th edition, the competition brought once again together the students who have come to compete in the event. No less than 600 of them were present on the starting line for the most popular student event in the South of France. Its reputation goes beyond the sporting world and by distinguishing itself in this endeavour, it offers many opportunities to young people for their professional future.

During the summer of 1981 some students from the Paris Dauphine University, who had not been able to register for the Edhec Cruise Race, came up with the idea to compete in their own regatta. It was as a result of a combination of circumstances that the idea of setting sail for the Mediterranean from which the event was launched five years later and would remain consistent thereafter. To the great surprise of its instigators, the sporting gamble has since taken on increased significance defying all forecasts. Nevertheless, the challenge remains on a human scale, a real adventure born from the osmosis between the organizing team and its participants.

Since then, team spirit has always dominated, just as values such as fair play and mutual support have been forged.

The Sails of Hope / Les Voiles de l’Espoir

Placed under the aegis of the French Round Table, they’ve organizez  »The Sails of Hope » since 2001. The French Riviera had the privilege of being their host country in 2017… but it is on a rotational basis that they are organized in Languedoc Roussillon, Normandy, Poitou-Charentes, Champagne Ardennes, Brittany and Corsica. This competition requires devoting at least 2 years to the preparation, because of the numerous economic, technical and human requirements. It is above all a « wonderful human adventure combining solidarity, conviviality and sharing! « .

It is the world’s largest sailing event around the world for children with cancer and leukemia remission. Sick young children between 8 and 14 years old, from all walks of life: Metropolitan France, overseas and other countries of the world, such as Morocco or Luxembourg.They are the motivating factor of the volunteers involved in large numbers and of course of the organizers. Because of their medical constraints, this is often their very first sea trip.


2017 route

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European Championship of SURPRISES 

In September 2017, the Port Grimaud International Yacht Club organized the famous four-man Championship. Once again this year, about thirty boats are expected for this event in the 7.65 meter monotype keelboat category. The regatta is popular in most European countries, especially in France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. The 2017 trophy was won by the latter, who brought in major reinforcements for the occasion. The Biel sailboat  »SRS Moi…Non Plus », with its five round victories, literally flew over the competition.

It was at the beginning of the 80s that the Yacht Club was established in Port Grimaud, today internationally renowned. Every year it gathers about fifty yachts of all sizes, which have only one idea in mind: to participate in the famous regattas of the Gulf of Saint Tropez. So even if the dates are not yet determined with certainty, we can be pretty sure that this season once again will see rushing competitors ready to battle against the waves.

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A great opportunity to get together with family or friends, in these idyllic locations conducive to escape the confines of everyday life!

The emblematic museums of Saint-Tropez

The Annonciade Museum (« le Musée de l’Annonciade »), renowned as one of the most charming in France, is a constant reminder of the renewed history of Saint-Tropez from the beginning of the 20th century. It is Paul Signac who, discovering this small fishing port of his yacht the Olympia in the year 1892, established its prominence. Even though he had purchased a house in the village, which he will later make his workshop, this one will become one of the most active leading-edge centers of the pictorial creation. This house, La Hune, from that time received many of its illustrious painters, among them Marquet, Matisse, Cross, and many others.

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The collections which succeeded until 1950 are splendid. The work of all the artists who exhibited have shown consistency when you study them. It is therefore through color that they are distinguished, while remaining faithful to figuration and cubism. It is a coherence of painters of the highest quality who make up this group, drawn from the pointillist movements, nabis and fauve. More than twenty paintings are exhibited, all of international standing.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm.

The Butterfly House (« la Maison des Papillons »): It is an impressive collection, with 20,000 world species displayed in a true Tropezian style house. In 2015, Dany Lartigue renovated it in a very original fashion. The museum’s home-shop area was then furnished and a workshop was then open to the public. It offers a layout worthy of this extraordinary collection of butterflies from all walks of life detected by the entomologist.

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A multi-faceted artist, we often meet Dany Lartigue on the edge of the old port alley, with a net in his hand. 

The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 2pm to 5pm.
Entrance fee: €2 only for adults, free for children under 12

The Museum of the Gendarmerie and Cinema (« Le Musée de la Gendarmerie et du Cinéma »): No one can ignore the fact that between Saint-Tropez and the Cinema it has been very beautiful love story that has grown, especially when they were associated with the Gendarmerie for the famous saga of the Gendarmes.
The museum is located near the splendid Hôtel de Paris, which was completely renovated and opened in late June 2016. Everyone will remember the numerous scenes, shot by the famous team of the Saint-Tropez Brigade from 1979 until 2013. This then became an emblematic venue, after having fulfilled public functions since 1838.

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When you first walk in you are given an explanation on the representation of Gendarme (The constable), and then on the global History of Cinema in Saint-Tropez. This area shows you a whole host of achievements that were shot in the Peninsula of Var. The various professions related to the cinema are honored there, without forgetting the icon of these mythical venues, the sculptural Brigitte Bardot. After having learned the ropes, with accomplishments such as « La Servante de Jean Choux » in 1930, or « Pour un Soir » by Jean Godard in 1931, she became an international star in the famous « And God Created Woman » by Roger Vadim, her first husband.

The museum is open daily from 10am to 8:30pm.

The mythical beaches of Saint-Tropez

This article is the second one of a series of articles about Saint-Tropez. You can also read about the magnificence of numerous religious monuments of Saint-Tropez on our blog.

The beach of Pampelonne welcomes 30,000 visitors each day in the summer, 500 registered movements of vessels during the afternoons of August … for a turnover of €40M , that is generated from 35 beach hotels around the seaside. And what a beach! With its 4.5 km of fine sand and its classification « Outstanding natural site », it is actually one of the famous myths so dear to the Tropezians. It is the ideal place for sunbathing, relaxing with dignity, swimming and dancing. It is undoubtedly the most recognized in the Var. However, it remains largely accessible to the public and has preserved its style without allowing their success change them or be embarrassed by urbanization.

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Naturally sheltered from the mistral and in the absence of road facing the sea, canes and vines brighten up your leisure. For more than 60 years, numerous beach hotels have ensured they are renown and rewritten their  history: Club 55, Tahiti  Plage, Aqua club or even Moorea without forgetting the Nikki beach, a worthy successor to the Voile rouge. Brigitte Bardot and Roger Vadim, Gilbert Becaud, Michèle Morgan, Elton John, Claudia Schiffer and Johnny Hallyday or recently Tony Parker and Paris Hilton, have made visits to these clubs. Noting that, for lodging the crew of the film « And God created woman », from simple canteen Club 55 has transformed into a reputable restaurant.

The beach of La Ponche and the beach of Fontanette: These are two adjoined beaches, which are located near the oldest neighborhood of Saint-Tropez. It is renowned for welcoming youngsters on vacation in the summer thanks to popular and traditional festivals.

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But you can also enjoy the pleasure of walking on the granular sand or to swim at the very feet of the fishermen’s houses.

In the shelter of its walls Saint-Tropez protects a legendary hotel, « La Ponche », just as charming as discreet. Many film scenes have been shot here, through which the actors were made immortal. The great Françoise Sagan said, « I got up from my bed, I opened the shutters and the sea and the sky threw in my face the same blue, the same pink and the same happiness ». It was like time remained still temporary suspended, flirting between the boisterous twist of a blessed  era and the delightful sweetness of his living paintings. It is not our national icon Brigitte who will disagree nor would Jacques Cordier, the painter whose heightened sensitivity has disappeared today.

The beach of L’Escalet is not the easiest to find on Ramatuelle (just beside Saint-Tropez) but it is nonetheless one of the most pleasant. Well located between Cap Taillat and Cap Camarat, following the avenue of Casabianca, then that of the Escudelier, leading you to the parking lot. It is interesting to know because from there it leads to alternating sand and coves. Wonderful beaches on the outskirts where having picnics is a sheer delight. Dogs kept on a leash are allowed and during the summer period the beach is under surveillance.

Plage de l'Escalet à Ramatuelle

Plage de l’Escalet à Ramatuelle

Do not forget to bring walking shoes as there are sites to explore, notably the stroll of the Good Bay (« La Baie de Bon »). The vegetation is very dense and lush, reasons why nudism has become common practice. A bewitching forest, where cactus grow up exquisitely in abundance and the cicadas enchant you. Te pines immerse themselves for their delight, while a few steps away you can swim in an ocean worthy of the Caribbean. 

The Art Galleries and Art Studios of Grimaud

There are 10 Art galleries that have set up their studios in Grimaud, proof that the majesty of this medieval city is conducive to artistic inspiration. If they have chosen to live here, it is also because it is a must for any self-respecting amateur. Each visit to the Côte d’Azur should involve a visit to these unusual places, full of history and incomparable charm. It is said that Grimaud is a village of Art that cannot be described but must be visited. The doors to these Galleries are open to visitors from April to October… Don’t miss out!

Atelier d’Art Geca (Geca Art Studio)

Atelier-Geca

His eclectic repertoire of oil paintings is matched only by the fame established by this artist far beyond our borders. From January 1st to December 31st, his artwork takes center stage in Rochefort, but also in London, in Louisiana, and in Carmel, California. And we recall that China had the excellent idea to invite him to the Salon d’Art Canton (Canton Art Show). The 2013 show was a great success and the media was in awe. He was then given the honor of participating in “The 19th Guangzhou International Art Fair” in 2014.
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We attended the springtime opening exhibition of the Geca art Studio a couple months ago and enjoyed every minute of it. You can read more about it here.

Galerie d’Art et d’Antiquités Artagra (Artagra Gallery of Art and Antiquities)

Oeuvre en vente à la galerie Artagra

Painting for sale at the Artagra gallery

Nestled in the heart of the village, on the hills overlooking the bay of Saint-Tropez, this pearl of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region is sure to surprise you. Its selection is constantly renewed, be it furniture or objets d’art, not to mention the quality of the paintings. A harmonious ensemble that could delight even the most skeptical. Bernard Lezoray invites you to get to know his universe, with an unparalleled notion of elegance, a distinct eye for beauty, and a strong taste for antiques.
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Galerie Francis Chapus (Francis Chapus Gallery)

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Francis Chapus, who was an architect in his previous life, has been exhibiting his works of art for twelve years. Burrowed in an alley at the foot of the castle, his gallery is full of exquisite oil paintings. The artist-painter draws his inspiration from his travels in Moorish countries, more precisely from Egypt, Morocco, and his wintertime presence in Venice… His artistic motivations are the most noble; as he confided, “I paint because I want to!” His exhibition space, where no less than forty paintings are permanently displayed, is arranged in an old stone house. The amateurs who have visited it are amazed by the strength married to hyper-sensuality.
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Rêve de voiles (Dream of Sails)

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It is a place that you will discover with great pleasure! The cleverness of this exhibition, which Stéphane Couchie delivers to you with grace, is that the objects up for sale are made of recycled sails. Without revealing too many details, it is a photo gallery of “sails and reflections.”

Terre de Sienne (Sienna)

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The gallery showcase sculptures and ceramics of an artist who is quite unusual. Sonia Holzeitner proposes to introduce you to her Art by offering modeling classes for adults and children. A nice way to get in touch with glossed terracotta sculpture, under the shrewd eye of the Master!

Atelier d’Art Peter Thumm (Peter Thumm Art Studio)

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It is in an idyllic setting that the privileged territory of this artist is located, surrounded by the hills of Grimaud and dominated by its castle. You can admire paintings on canvas, ceramics, and sculptures.
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Galerie Paul Janssen (Paul Janssen Gallery)

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It showcases various styles of Art: Pop Art – Photography – Cobra – Contemporary Art. We’re in love with Nick Brandt’s photographs.
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Also noteworthy:

La Galerie du cygne (The Swan Gallery) exhibits paintings and drawings, following current artistic trends and the artwork entrusted to it.

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La Galerie des Arcades (The Arcades Gallery) is selling paintings and sculptures, a very nice place that is worth discovering.

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La Galerie Laurent Boyrie (The Laurent Boyrie Gallery) is an exhibition of sculptures and paintings and a collection of jewelry by various artists.

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We wish you a most enriching visit, in an enchanting area where every day of the year is magical.

Stars who own (or owned) villas in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez

The Var appears to be THE destination in the hearts of the Stars, whether French or hailing from the other side of the planet. That’s what makes this area so charming! Political personalities, rising stars, and celebrities known world-wide cannot seem to feel accomplished without a « pied-à-terre » in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.

Brigitte Bardot

Photo Dylan Meiffret

Photo Dylan Meiffret

She was the first of her generation to establish the notoriety of these idyllic places. It was in 1958 that our national B.B. claimed the Madrague, the most famous of the villas on the outskirts of Saint-Tropez. This dwelling has become a tourist attraction, many of the tourists wishing to at least see the boat. Acquired at the time for 27 million old francs (equivalent to €270,000), ìToday, that is the price of a parking lot!î says the actress. A cozy nest decorated with the colors of Provence, where Bardot lives surrounded by her numerous 4-legged companions. A fervent and militant activist of animal welfare, it is in peace that 80 of them rest in her garden.

Carla Bruni and Nicolas Sarkozy

Photo Patrice Lapoirie

Photo Patrice Lapoirie

It is at a splendid family property in Cap Nègre that the couple regularly establishes their summer quarters not far from Le Lavandou. Built in 1937 by André Faraggi, the Bruni-Tedeschi clan acquired it in 1971. It is in this house that the famous model grew up with her sister Valeria and her brother Virginio, who died in 2006. The villa is composed of 10 bedrooms, each with its own terrace that overlooks the ocean. The immense park allows the growth of flax and lemons imported from Italy, which cut into the surrounding cypresses. It is by taking a staircase, leading from the rocky promontory to the sea, that the former President of the Republic and Carla like to go to swim.

Johnny Hallyday

Photo Franz Chavaroche

Photo Franz Chavaroche

The famous Villa Lorada was built in 1989 in Ramatuelle and was designed from A to Z according to his wishes, only a few miles from Saint-Tropez. Its name, Lorada, is the contraction of his daughter’s name, Laura, and his son’s name, David. The villa was most conducive to the king of French rock in that he, with a little inspiration and nice weather, recorded several hits there. He drew his inspiration from a hacienda, a small jewel with an extraordinary pool. With bad luck that could strike anyone, the villa was sold at auction in April 2013 by the court of Draguignan for the modest amount of €600,000, in reimbursement of sums due.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Photo Franz Chavaroche

Photo Franz Chavaroche

With regards to the couple of sulfurous American cinema, their fame has cloaked the Gulf with an elegant drapery. Fantastic spouses in the city, it is in discretion that they spend the holidays with their family of 6 children. In 2008, they acquired the castle of Miraval, near the village of Correns. Their recent separation will not detract from the legend of this mythical duo.

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis

Villa de Johnny Depp Vanessa Paradis sur la Côte d'Azur

It is only a short twenty kilometers from Saint-Tropez, more precisely in Plan de la Tour, that this couple lived in a gigantic residence. Located in the countryside on the hill, the couple have set up several vacation residences for their many friends, a bar-restaurant, and a must-see home of the staff. Another amenities include a fitness space, a gaming room for children, and a swimming pool of course! Since they ended their marriage, the husband of the singer has listed his property for sale for the modest sum of € 55 million.

Viktoria and David Beckham

Photo Roland Gal

Photo Roland Gal

Even though the English couple spent their holidays in Bargemon as often as possible, the singer and her ex-footballer husband have since deserted the Var. After selling their home a few months ago, the fact remains that the region and its history have left a lasting impression on them. According to People magazine, their luxurious property would have been sold off, but, when talking about €2.75 million, everything depends on one’s point of view. Let me reminde you that the couple acquired this property in 2003 for €1.8 million euros.

Your villa in Grimaud : a sought-after property

The summer holidays are fast approaching and we are working very hard at the agency : the high season will soon begin and as we approach the summer holidays, the more the demand for rentals will increase.

We are very fortunate being able to work in such a charming and sought-after village by holiday makers. We value and appreciate the confidence that property owners in Grimaud have placed in us when asking us to rent out their homes in their absence.

The advantage of living in a tourist region is being able to rent out your villa or apartment during the holidays.

In fact, if you entrust your villa to us we will rent it out to holiday makers during your holidays and ensure that it is in the exact same condition when you return.

Several thousand euros a week rental

A villa can be rented out for several thousand euros a week without a problem. Consequently, you can finance (all or part of) your holidays while you are away.

To define clearer rental price, we would first need to visit your villa and assess it various attributes.

Sought after attributes like a large garden, a swimming pool, a good location in the village, a view of the seaview or numerous bedrooms are some of the factors that can determine the rental price.

However, be assured that you will be able to draw a sizable income as Grimaud is the fourth most expensive coastal village in France in terms of price per night for a hotel.

This is therefore a wonderful opportunity for owners who can offer more attractive alternatives than a hotel to holiday-makers.

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Villa with air conditioning for up to 8 people in Grimaud

The reliability of Boutemy Real Estate Agency in renting out your villa

We know that your villa is one of your most expensive assets and that it is not always easy to let just anyone stay there, even if the financial compensation is lucrative.

We know that you have stylishly decorated it, and that all your personal items are there. This is why we believe it is important to have real estate professionals manage all the steps in the rental process :

• contact with clients and validation of rental profiles

• organizing the return of the keys to the agency

• receiving tenants

• introduction to the village and its surroundings (local attractions, or shopping..)

• pointing out rules and norms to respect

• signing  a contract and an incoming inventory of fixtures to ensure that your villa remains in the state in which you left it

Our agency is committed to facilitate all these steps, reassuring owners and enabling holiday makers to have a wonderful stay. Our reliability and dedication enable us to establish longstanding relationships with numerous owners in Grimaud and, consequently, to offer a wide selection of rental options for holiday makers and website users.

We are very active in the village as well as on the internet through our various websites and social networks and we are today without a doubt the realtor enjoying the greatest visibility on the internet.

This is what allows us to reassure owners who entrust us with the rental management of their properties that we can easily, quickly and at attractive rates, rent out their house and villa.

Villa available for rent in Grimaud

To rent out your villa in Grimaud through our broker, why not call Yael or Kim on 0033 (0)4 94 56 56 58 or contact us via email at agence@boutemy.net

In conclusion, here are a few videos of some villas up for rental that we are currently offering in the town of Grimaud :


Discover Port Grimaud in the Springtime

The season soon resumes in Port Grimaud. The spring signals the reopening of restaurants that were in hibernation during the winter. Between Easter and the first of May, terraces, stalls and shops will reclaim the city. You can satisfy your appetite at one of the many pizzerias or at the gourmet restaurants, with their abundant offerings of seafood, crustaceans, and fish of all kinds. Most of these restaurants have a view of the sailboats, direct access to the canals of the famous lakeside town, or are situated at the intersection of quaint, small roads within the medieval village.

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One of many Port Grimaud’s canal-side restaurants (and one of our favorites too)

You might wish to work up the courage to sample Provençal cuisine, or you may prefer to forget yourself in a non-conventional brewery, of which there are no fewer than 60 brands that offer their services. Whether you wish to enjoy a snack or to revel in an exquisite beef tenderloin, the tastes will be respected and your appetite satisfied. Everything, regardless of what it may be, smells of Provence; from the herbs to the atmosphere, everything here is perfectly in place.

Throughout the year, you may browse the markets, become inebriated with the southern scents, enjoy an open-air flea market or an obstacle race through the village—but it is during the springtime that these activities are the most pleasant, while the temperatures are mild and the vacationers are not too numerous.

Culture lovers will enjoy the theater festivals (“Theater Sundays” or « les Dimanches de la Scène »), lectures, and other literary escapades. Evenings of music and historical discoveries are very much appreciated by all. The artistic and cultural heritage is so abundant that there is no need to look elsewhere in order to enrich your soul and your spirit.

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L’antichambre, (the antechamber), a play performed in Grimaud on March 12 for the « Dimanches de la Scène »

From May to June, many activities will be available to you:  the Night of Museums,  the now unmissable Harley Davidson Eurofestival, and, last but not least, the summer celebrations, which we will describe later in detail. One must not forget the guided tours of the medieval castle, which tell the tale of the discovery of its fortified city walls and its presentation of the patrimony. The National Archeology Days and the book fair, which will be held for the 5th time, as well as many exhibitions, are also on the program.

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On the front-lines of the Saint-Jean bonfires, with a procession and a lot of good music, the Grimaud Music Tour will be renewed this year for its 3rd installment. Groups of musicians and singers will move every fiber of your being, as the panel includes varieties of all kinds, including all musical styles.

To be kept up to date about current events, do not hesitate to contact the Grimaud Tourist Office or to browse the “Animations à Grimaud” section of this blog (French only), which lists each month the activities organized for the upcoming month.

Port Grimaud: A Dream Vacation for the Whole Family

Spring is around the corner, following the winter sports season, and with it come the scents of thyme and rosemary. It is arriving at the perfect time because if you do not have specific plans for your extended weekends in May (French labor day on May 1 and celebration of the end of WWII on May 8), a seductive and charming lakeside city awaits you. Adorned with an adjacent, unusual, and charming medieval village, Port Grimaud is a dream destination, nestled away in the center of the Gulf of St-Tropez.

Fishermen Houses in Port Grimaud

Everything is designed to ensure your calm and serenity, which in these troubled times is a non-negligible guarantee. The cars are ordered to remain outside the perimeter reserved for locals and the parking is regulated there. An asset that many tourists appreciate because of the palpable sensation of security ensured by the Gendarmerie Nationale and by the ASL guards patrolling 24 hours a day in the city.

One of the attractions that seems to stand out—apart from the fact that each property has direct access to a mooring in front of the house for a personal boat—is indeed this security of inviolability. You can rest assured while enjoying your quiet holiday. The outbound ships are mostly sailboats, which bring you, as a bonus, a little poetic charm.

Port Grimaud I

Apartment with direct access to the beach

Contact our agency to rent this apartment with a breathtaking view of Port Grimaud I beach.

 

But let us return to the magic of the locations, designed in their time by François Spoerry. The historic heart of this lakeside city is mainly found in Port Grimaud I. Many shops are situated there, and you will fall under the spell of the Place des Artisans (where our agency is located) and that of the Traditional Market. For people who travel with children, rest reassured that the only access is by foot.

Port Grimaud II

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In Port Grimaud II (also known as Port Grimaud Sud), the houses often open onto pleasant terraces with gardens, adjoined by numerous green spaces. Its proximity to the beach is a tremendous advantage, especially since the beach is private and thus offers you unmatched tranquility. No need to drag along beach towels or even buckets and sand shovels for miles since everything is only a few steps away, a significant asset since holidays often go hand in hand with lazing about.

A dream for families, but also for retirees who come to spend a peaceful holiday in tranquility.

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Finally, Port Grimaud III is situated a little on the outskirts. It is unique in that it unites all the peculiarities specific to the two other areas and so establishes a link between them. Each person can thus choose where to pose their luggage, according to their needs and in response to their expectations.

Wherever you wish to stay in Port Grimaud, please note that our reservation schedule is online on our website boutemy.co.uk.

If you would like to come during the high season (from June to September), do not delay in contacting us to book your rental, in order to ensure the availability of the property of your dreams.

Let Yourself Experience the Dolce Vita at Port Grimaud

Port Grimaud is a charming lakeside town nestled away in the Gulf of St. Tropez and is ideal for leisure, offering many activities for those who decide to visit. Whether it is over the summer, or any time during the rest of the year, everyone finds happiness here, both in its location and in its offerings. It is a quasi-mythical place that will bring you relaxation in whichever form you desire, whether it be bucolic, artistic, historic, or sportive.

Port Grimaud is all about the Dolce Vita and outings, especially if you have the good sense to take off on the shuttle to St. Trop’ as soon as you feel the urge to escape. Its configuration is such that the rentals are immediately coupled with a mooring right in front of the door, a most desirable and practical proximity. If you want to go for a stroll, no problem: on board the local « coches d’eau » or on foot, the canals are bordered by walkways that you will find pleasant to walk along.

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This Provencal Venice has more than one trick up its sleeve to seduce you, especially with a dinner by the water that nobody can refuse after returning from a getaway. What’s more is that every Thursday and Sunday morning, the Market and Craftsmen squares (Place du Marché and Place des Artisans) open their stalls, bringing together traditional and regional products. In the middle of a large colorful bath, you will find seafood and all the ingredients and vegetables to marry them with your sauce.

The Market Square in Port Grimaud. In the background, you can see the church where François Spoerry, the creator of Port Grimaud, is buried.

The Market Square in Port Grimaud. In the background, you can see the church where François Spoerry, the creator of Port Grimaud, is buried.

If Port Grimaud is compared to a sentinel, it is only to better preserve its little corner of paradise—in this case, a medieval village. It is impossible to ignore all the opportunities that are offered to you for penetrating this preserved nature with subtle accents suitable for strolling and engaging in activities in the fresh air. Its castle guards a story that will delight all, young and old, as much as it did during the 1930s, when the city won the hearts of the lovers of the south of France.

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Its narrow streets with archways are designed for enthusiasts of old stones. Tourists have emphasized the beauty of its sun-bathed shores, as well as its resorts along the Riviera, between the azure blue of the ocean and the soothing green of neighboring countries. The charm of its vineyards is matched only by its single maquis. As for culture and art, every day during the summertime, an outing or an exhibition is improvised and designed for your entertainment.

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Free guided tours of the Saint Roch chapel and mill are organized once a month.

If you are hesitating, simply let yourself be tempted by all the seduction that oscillates between Province and the Côte d’Azur. Whether or not you want to enjoy the proximity of St. Tropez to immerse yourself in its glamor universe is only a detail in itself. One of the shuttles will take you, in less time than it takes to speak the words, to place you in the wake of one of the marvels of this world.

The Great Nautical Events of the Gulf of Saint Tropez

Coming to Saint-Tropez without taking advantage of its great nautical events would be, in some way, to commit a capital offense. Everything is organized in magnificence, destined before anything else to distract locals as well as vacationers and tourists with an enjoyable time. Each year you are given the opportunity to attend real sailboat ballets, too, and to make your mouth water, let us introduce some of these to you.

The Armen Festival

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For its 40th year, these celebrations will take place from March 3rd to the 12th, 2017. With no fewer than 70 sailboats expected at the start, we are already guaranteeing a successful show at this popular and highly-rated event in the Gulf. Created in 1978, the festival takes its name from the contraction of ARt-MEr-Neige (in reference to the famous Breton lighthouse which bears the same name). It was not long before this festival brought an enthusiasm defying any prognosis.

A ski-sailing challenge called “André Herman” was associated with the René Perrier Trophy (combining Art & Sailing). This is a competition that will gather both modern and traditional sailboats, whose prizes of excellence are very coveted by the rivaling competitors. It should be noted that at the same time an Art exhibition will take place, where there will be on display a handmade piece by one of the members of each participating crew.

Les Voiles Latines

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Organized from the 25th of May to the 28th, 2017, together with the City of Saint-Tropez and its Port, and with the support of the Société Nautique (the Nautical Society), these festivals have been held since 2001. This year, we will attend the 17th edition of the Voiles Latines, an authentic installment where conviviality happily mixes with the maritime heritage of the Mediterranean. Exhibitions, craft stands, and historical conferences are all part of the event, which is sure to delight everyone’s tastes.

There will be a wide range of boats of all persuasions which are led, either by sea or by land, to the festival and whose owners disembark for the festivities. More than 80 boats are expected, and an unusual tent village is planned along the outskirts of the harbor master’s office to welcome and accommodate all of these beautiful people. A program once again of an incomparable richness, where musical performances, dancing, singing, and tastings can be found neck and neck.

The Giraglia Rolex Cup

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This regatta will take place from June 10th to 14th on Saint-Tropez should expect to unite 200 boats, coming from 10 different horizons. The Giraglia was born in 1952 in a Parisian café where Beppe Croce, Franco Gavagnin, and René Levainville met, three companions with extraordinary ideas. Their intention was then to create a competition which would allow the Italian and the French to conquer the universe of high-sea sailing.

One thing leading to another, the Yacht Club and then the Société Nautique (Nautical Society) of Saint-Tropez took the torch and inaugurated new formulas. The competition progressed from the 22 original ships to an international fleet, so the configuration needed to be redesigned to three coastal regattas. Ultra-competitive boats and stunning sailboats are competing, as well as have duplicate crews since 2014.

Below are some beautiful images of the 2016 edition.

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This is, without a doubt, THE event to attend. It will take place from September 30th to October 8th, 2017. Its history has been reported countless times, but it is always with pleasure that the uninitiated hear the tale. In summary, two boats, “Pride” and “Ikra,” were pit against each other one day in September 1981 for the game. After many twists and turns, the “Club 55 Cup,” an improvised name for the occasion, was replaced by the title “Voiles of Saint-Tropez.” The memory was retained and the spirit of yesteryear preserved.

And thus, legends were born. From year to year, the coastal game has been emulated and the competitors have arrived to reinforce this good-natured atmosphere. Different classes of sailboats can be found there, ranging from traditional to modern, but also the Wally Class J boats. Their number can reach up to 300, a mass of racing enthusiasts and lovers of Saint Tropez. Every year, this event overflows with festivity and conviviality. Amateur photographers can feast their eyes on this panel of colors and unique characteristics of Saint-Tropez.

The 2016 was splendid. This video will give you a glimpse of it.

We selected 4 nautical races for this article. To view the full list, please visit the « Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez » website.

Buying or selling a house in Port Grimaud : expert advice

Boutemy Real Estate has been operating in Port Grimaud for 18 years. Although the real estate market and the city is not immune to French and international economic fluctuations, one thing is certain : the market has been very active since the beginning of 2016.

Mortgage rates are lower than ever : now is the time to buy your house

It’s a historical event : mortgage rates are at an all-time low. In October 2016, buyers with a very good profile have seen rates of 1.60% for 20 year mortgages. It is a great windfall that many owners have benefitted from.

It’s true that we have recorded a net transaction increase since the beginning of the year at the agency . An interesting thing to take into account is that lower mortgage rates haven’t resulted in higher property prices in Port Grimaud until now.

The deputy director general for trading in real estate taxes Cafpi, Philippe Taboret, said: « Investors are attracted by good financial conditions in brick and mortar and its performance and stability gives value when compared with other investments. »

This investment in fact presents 2 major advantages : the opportunity for young people to build wealth and and for the older counterparts to accumulate funds.

It is now, as the lakeside city just celebrated its 50 year anniversary, that one should invest in Port Grimaud.

The type of houses that you can buy

In Port Grimaud, the various types of houses that we can offer you all bear the names of sweet Provence.

Here, we are not talking about villas, but fisherman’s houses for example. But be assured, we will introduce you to the local specialities, because if you imagine that a fisherman’s house is a modest cottage, it is nothing like it.

We therefore encourage you to read the article that we have dedicated to the different types of Port Grimaud housing.
This will help you learn more these beautiful houses and villas that we call Balandrines (60 to 69 m
2), Hunières (61 to 65 m2), Cassines (70 to 75 m2), Ostales (75 to 82 m2), fishing houses (77 to 97 m2), Portales (90 to 99 m2), Borderives (99 to 103 m2).

(Note : these sizes are estimates only as we have seen slight variations in reality).

A Cassine with mooring for sale at Boutemy Real Estate agency. 

François Spoerry was a genius: he had a dream to create a lovely provencal village where all the houses appear unique while they have been built from around a dozen different plans only.

A house with mooring ?

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While Port Grimaud attracts many holiday makers who love returning to the luxury of the Côte d’Azur and the charm of Provence, it was built, above all for lovers of the sea. In fact, François Spoerry, its founding architect that we have mentioned above would had dreamed of being a fisherman and realized his dream here : he built a village that allows the residents to moor their boats directly in front of their homes. And this privilege is not reserved only to the elite few as out of around 2,500 properties, there are close to 2,000 mooring berths, some at the port, and others situated right in front of the owners’ houses.

So, when you want to buy a house in Port Grimaud, one of the first questions to ask is  » Do you have a boat or will you be renting one for the holidays? If so, “what size mooring do you need ? » And it is according to these criteria that you can refine your choice of house that you wish to buy. This is why we give you the option to filter houses according to the size of their mooring (> 14 meters, from 14 to 18 meters and > 18 meters) on our real estate website, .

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Marion, agency director

To organize a visit of a house advertised on our site or to meet with one of our agents in order to let them know your requirements and search criteria, we encourage you to make contact with Marion, the agency manager, or Gilles, the sales manager.

We would love to hear from you and help you fulfill your real estate project.

To do so, you can call us on 04 94 56 56 58 or meet with us at the agency which is located at 32 place des Artisans in Port Grimaud.

Why not rent a marina in Port Grimaud?

Did you know that what we today call the Gulf of Saint Tropez was for a long while called the Gulf of Grimaud ?

Yes, this is our charming village which for a long time gave its name for what is today one of the most popular tourist regions in Europe, and we are proud of this !

We are also proud of the architecture in our little provencal Venice of which architect François Spoerry was the visionary for this architectural genius. While the Mediterranean coast has often been built without any real aesthetic appeal or heritage conservation in the years after the war, François Spoerry imagined a riparian city with numerous marinas enabling everyone to enjoy the sea while at the same time appreciating the tasteful and respectful surrounding architecture.

It is therefore today, in these surroundings that will take your breath away, that our village has earned the label “20th Century heritage” from UNESCO and offers a collection of real estate of 2,400 properties and more than 2,000 moorings for boats.

What a luxury ! In fact almost all the properties have their own mooring.

Port Grimaud : a collection of 2000 luxury marinas

Today, the possibility of enjoying your own mooring is without a doubt one of the major attractions in Port Grimaud.

Boutemy, our real estate agency, offers a wide range of rental properties with mooring in Port Grimaud, whether they are houses, villas or apartments.

To view them, you would need to have a look at the heading entitled properties with mooring on our website.

You can then refine your search criteria :

– holiday rentals / sales
– type of property : apartment or house
– length of the mooring

Some moorings are located right on the doorstep of the rental property while others are a little further.

In the second case, the rental prices of the house or apartment + mooring are slightly lower.

According to your criteria and requirements, we leave you free to choose how close to the mooring you want to be or whether or not the rate is more important.

The widths (from 2,5m) and lengths of the moorings (up to 18m) are indicated on each of our advertisements. Therefore take these criteria into account in relation to the size of your boat when you choose your location.

In fact, in every listing we display the availability of the marina. In green, contact us : you can stay in this property, in red, the dates are no longer available.

A selection of marinas to rent

You can view the marinas to rent for the holidays on our website and we encourage you also to subscribe to our Youtube channel to be the first to know when a new property is offered up for rental.

Below are a few marinas in in which you can stay from April to October.

A stunning 168m2 villa with a 13.5m x 5m mooring.

A lovely fisherman’s house with a 10m x 4m mooring.

or this breathtaking villa in Port Grimaud Sud with its 15m x 4.20m mooring

A day in Grimaud

We love advising you on what there is to do in Port Grimaud, whether it is for a day, a weekend or a week.

Today, we would simply like to present Grimaud our village to you : its history but also what you can discover if you spend a day here.

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Grimaud is a high medieval village overlooking the clear blue bay of the Gulf of Saint Tropez, and is dominated by the remarkable ruins of the castle dating from the 11th century. The village is situated on the Mediterranean coast in the Maures Massif, the wooded hills which extend to the south west up to Pierrefeu-du-Var and Hyères, and to the north east in the direction of Fréjus. The sinuous D558 road which links the Gulf of St Tropez crosses the Maures after La Garde-Freinet, through oak, chestnut and pin forests. The winding D14 road,which is even narrower, runs towards the west of Grimaud through the hills up to Collobrières, passing close to Chartreuse de la Verne.

Grimaud through the centuries

The origin of the name Grimaud remains uncertain. Certain historians thought that it comes from Grimaldi, the family who reigned over Monaco, but this origin is debatable.

Pre-historic times

The vestiges of the pre-historic times are the hills of Grimaud which comprise of 2 menhirs; situated 3 km to the north west of the village, on the Couzes farm and on the Avelan side of the hill; one of two menhirs has an anthropomorphic side. At Our-Dame-de-la-Queste there are some basalt mills (black washed stone), and a sculpted Phoenician Carthaginian head can be seen in a cave situated in what we today call Port-Grimaud.

Gallo-Roman Times

In Ancient Times, Grimaud was the port of Sambracis, and several ancient gallo-roman objects were discovered in the area, notably large stone pots two meters high found buried underground for anchoring boats. A very large number of Roman ceramics were discovered here, notably amphora and slabs.

Medieval times

Grimaud was the Domaine of the Viscount of Marseille, then the Lords of Pontevès and Jean Cossa and, up until the 17th century, Lords of Castellane-St-Juers.

The high position of Grimaud offers a magnificent view over the surrounding hills and the Gulf of Saint Tropez, a bay which carried the name of Gulf of Grimaud until the 17th century. The overhanging passage which crosses the center of the Maures offered Grimaud a strategic position in the Middle Ages.

Discover Grimaud

A typical provencal village

The village has been carefully restored, but not excessively so and has successfully retained its authentic character.

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Certain houses in the village date back from the 15th and 16th centuries. Many of them have been built with stone walls in the ancient style, and numerous others have been restored with luminous paste colors typical of Provence. In the rue des Arcades, you’ll see a house dating from the 15th century called the House of Templiers, whose façade and underground area are typical of the time.

The village is rather grand for a provencal village and you can easily spend half a day winding your way around the streets, exploring them, especially certain narrow medieval passages and a few passages with low vaults.

The Tourism Office offers visitors a free brochure which offers a walking tour of Grimaud, and you can view the corresponding signs on the buildings offering the visit itineraries. Several old village fountains are really interesting and, in particular, that of the Place Neuve dating from 1886.

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A high-perched village which is easy to visit

The fishing villages and the villages on the other side, so typical of Provence and so picturesque, can be a problem for young children, people with reduced mobility and the elderly. Luckily, Grimaud has built a glass and iron lift (to transport people to the village or to the main part of the village, where the town hall certain main buildings and other shops are found).

The principal challenge for Grimaud throughout the centuries : the provision of water

All Grimaud’s water was supplied by three Middle Age wells up until the 16th century. Then, an aqueduct system was built to lead the water from the Pont des Fées (3 km to the north) towards the castle and the village. Some remains of the aqueduct are still there and le Pont des Fées dating from the 15th century which crosses the river Garde, is a magnificent ancient site.

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The Pont des Fées : « The Fairy Bridge »

From the 19th century, the expanding population required more water and an air pump was built in 1886 to guide the water to the village from a low lying source.

The church 

The village church is Saint-Michel church. It dates from the 12th century and is a Roman parochial church with a square bell tower. There is also the lovely stone Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs in the village, which was built in 1482.

La Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs : "The Chapel of the White Penitents".

La Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs : « The Chapel of the White Penitents ».

Shops and local businesses

Grimaud has a vibrant commercial village life, but the shops are located in several locations throughout the village. There is a grocer, a butchery and three bakeries/confectioners. You can also find several real estate agencies and numerous art galleries.

Specialities and presents to bring back home

Grimaud is situated in the wine region of Provence, and the local vineyards offer the famous wines « Côtes de Provence AOC”. A wine cooperative is situated not far from the village. The other specialities produced here are honey, flowers, sweet chestnuts and cork.

Port Grimaud’s Internal Regulations

In this article, we would like to introduce you to Port Grimaud’s internal regulations.

As you may know, Port Grimaud is a collection of 3 « districts » belonging to the municipality of Grimaud but managed by Free Union Associations  (ASL : Association Syndicale Libre) like private co-ownerships.

The aim of these associations is « the management of common portions and the port, conservation, general surveillance of the Lacustre city as well as respect of specifications and special provisions. » (source)

The 3 districts are :

Port Grimaud I, the historic district with the Saint Francis of Assissi Church, the Market Place and the Place des Artisans where you can find us. This is the largest district and has 867 moorings.

Port Grimaud II is also called Port Grimaud South and was built between 1974 and  2002. The district has 679 moorings.

Port Grimaud III was built between 1978 and 1993 (492 moorings)

Each district has its own internal regulations and it is good to have these in mind to derive the most benefit out of your stay in our charming village.

In this article, we remind you of the regulations prescribed in Port Grimaud welcome pack.

– Proper dress code is required,
– Dogs must be on a leash and are forbidden on the beach,
– Vehicle access to boats is confined to loading and unloading and no vehicle may be parked for more than an hour throughout the year,
– Cleanliness of sites must be respected : throwing of objects of any nature into canals, streets or gardens is strictly forbidden,
– Picnics as well as barbecues are forbidden,
– Please respect the peace of the residents,
– For safety reasons, swimming and fishing are forbidden in the canals,
– Laundry may not be hung from windows or on boats,
– Speed is limited to 3 knots (5 km/h). Do not cause waves,
-Sailing in the port is forbidden,
– Bunkering of hydrocarbons par in they quays is strictly forbidden,
– Emptying of tanks in the port is not allowed,
– Do not waste water and and use a jet wash to wash your boat,
– Finally, respect the peace of your surroundings and your neighbors.

As you can see, these rules are stricter than other coastal towns in the Côte d’Azur but it is because of them that Port Grimaud today enjoys an unequalled reputation for safety and peace.

In fact, if you own a property in Port Grimaud and you want to carry out  some work or modifications (especially those that are likely to affect the outer appearance of your property), you must make the ASL in your district aware of your intention. In order to maintain the harmony and authenticity of the architecture around you, you must respect certain urban regulations, an overview of which you can view here.

We hope that this article has cleared up certain peculiarities around Port Grimaud. Our village welcomes many holiday makers each summer and the internal regulations are there to ensure that we all live together as harmonious as possible.

Buying a studio in Port Grimaud : an achievable dream

Often called la “Provencal Venice”, Port Grimaud is a small harmonious paradise between sky and sea, nestled in the Gulf of Saint Tropez. Since 2002 it has been part of the XXth century heritage and this riparian city givers a unique architectural offering, with a mixture of studios, apartments and sumptuous fishing houses. Amongst the canals and islands, amid the sails and the masts, it is a gateway to the open seas and freedom. The sweetness of living here is like nothing else, all your senses are heightened under this mediterranean sun where colors, scents and sounds mingle in the air.

So when the dream becomes reality when you buy a property here, life suddenly seems to take on another sense, as this haven of peace is the ideal place to be.
Port Grimaud has the peculiarity of being organized into private co-properties, which ensure maintenance and preservation of the property. Without being closed off to visitors, despite its private atmosphere, the heart of the city can be visited on foot. Indeed, vehicles are requested to remains outside and the peace and respect of the inhabitants is one of its major attractions.

Who are the property owners in this lakeside city ?

A large number of owners in Port Grimaud are company directors, often on retirement. Although a portion may not be part of the Jet Set like most their Saint-Tropez counterparts, this is because they have chosen to live a peaceful life far away from the spotlight and the clicking of the camera.

So after having become acquainted with this unique and paradise-like place, let’s look further at the  sought-after opportunities on offer to capture that rare pearl. If a studio is your preferred option, don’t worry because the town consists of around 2% tenants for 98% of owners (the latter being 50% of them French and 50% foreigners, most of them from neighboring European countries).

Studio with a view on the canal

This combination of unique real estate, which extends over 75 hectares, has a total of 2,400 accommodation options. The evolution of building in Port Grimaud has, over time, distinguished three areas that are managed by separate and autonomous trade unions.

Boutemy Real estate specializes in Port Grimaud and is particularly well established in the market to assist you completely in this regard.

A selection of studios which deserve a visit

From around twenty properties, ranging from a studio to  2 rooms, here are two which could correspond to your search criteria and could give you an overview of the numerous possibilities offered by our real estate agency. Firstly a large studio of 35 m², with a large balcony, an underground garage and a view over Saint Tropez behind closed doors goes for €239,000.

Studio for sale in Port Grimaud

Studio for sale on our websites boutemy.net and boutemy.co.uk

There is also a cabin studio available with a loggia measuring 26 m², for the sum of €165,000, with a breathtaking view over the canals. It has a main living area with a kitchenette, a bathroom and a bedroom as you come in. The cherry on top is that it has a loggia facing the South east side of the canal, climate control and a parking bay with possibility of underground garage. This is an opportunity to take, and you can view it on our site boutemy.co.uk.

In any event, when making contact with our agency you are in good hands, so without any further ado, come and pay our agency a visit or even send us an email to agence@boutemy.net with your search criteria. We will do what it takes to find the studio which will brighten up your days and enchant your nights.

If you are looking for a house in Grimaud : contact our agency

Have you come back from your holidays in Grimaud enchanted and would you like to buy a house there ?

Boutemy Real Estate Agency can accompany you in your undertaking and assist you in discovering the rare gem and the villa that will welcome your children’s laughter and the happy moments shared between friends.

As a small provencal village of 4000 habitants (during the off season), Grimaud attracts tens of thousands of holiday making tourists dreaming of sunshine every year,

If you are selling your house : entrust us with your sales mandate

Selling a home is always a significant challenge for owners. It is obviously also a financial challenge as you are looking for the best price and also hoping to gain as much value as possible or at least selling it at the price you bought it.

In addition, you probably already have plans on how you are going to be reinvesting this money.

And then there are also the emotional challenges as you have experienced great times there, and you’ll have to let people come and see your home to visit it.

This is why it is important to be guided by professionals such as the team members at our agency. We will provide you with an estimate of your house in Port Grimaud,  we will give you some advice on how to further increase its value and most of all, we will advertise it everywhere.

By entrusting Boutemy Real estate, a member of FNAIM and a well-known real estate agency in Grimaud, you will have access to a portfolio of major clients, consisting of both French and  European nationals (for more than half of them) who would like to spend enjoyable provencal holidays in a house like yours.

In addition to our vast network of contacts, we also offer you great visibility on the internet. Our advertisements are not only published on our various sites in French, English, German, Dutch and Italian), but also on our Youtube channel, our blogs (one of which is dedicated to advice on Grimaud’s general information and the other to the village’s real estate market) and our social networks. We therefore reach close to 8,000 users every month.

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If you are dreaming of owning a house in Grimaud : we are there for you

For all the above-mentioned reasons, we are also a privileged partner for anyone who is dreaming of having a second home in Grimaud. The great visibility we enjoy on the internet attracts numerous owners who entrust us with a sales mandate. A virtuous circle is then activated since we are able to benefit from the widest selection of properties in Grimaud and Port Grimaud for future owners.

And we bet that that you’ll find your dream house amongst all the properties we can show you.

Additionally, whether you wish to buy or sell a house in Grimaud, don’t hesitate to contact our agency. We focus exclusively on real estate in the village and in the lakeside city of Port Grimaud. We are therefore experts and we will do the utmost to meet your demand.

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Buy or sell your apartment in Grimaud with Boutemy

If you are feeling nostalgic about your holiday in Grimaud, why not seriously think about buying a summer property there, such as a comfortable apartment?

The charming village of Grimaud

Its medieval coast and the surrounding beauty are not the only unique advantages. The welcoming, warm weather that bathes this enchanting village only equals the intense emotion that you feel when you set foot into it. Anyone who stays there does not return untouched, as your heart is soon captured by a need to soon return. No one is fooled; its rustic dominance is only a facade behind which the most beautiful treasures are yet to be discovered.

Nestled within the Maures, bordering the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, Grimaud has certainly not lost its medieval character. A most charming village, with its cobbled streets that wind their way between the Roman church and the feudal castle ruins. The ancient residences are superb, as they have benefited from renovations beyond the scope of conservation. As for the village itself, you will find it perched on the side of a hill, amongst beautiful countryside.

Buying an apartment in Grimaud

Our agency has been operating in Grimaud for 18 years and is operated by a local, Marion Boutemy who knows the village better than anyone. Focusing only on real estate in Grimaud and Port Grimaud, the agency has built a solid reputation with local residents and business owners. It is for this reason that we can today offer you a portfolio of properties ranging from a small studio apartment to a magnificent villa with a view of the ocean.

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Apartment for sale with Real Estate Agent Boutemy

Apartments are amongst the most searched for properties. In fact, if everyone was a millionaire and could afford the luxury of a villa, footsteps away from the water, every week we would meet families with a budget consisting of between €200,000 and €500,000 and wanting to move to Grimaud. The majority of apartment buyers in Grimaud want to live there throughout the year, which is not the case in Port Grimaud where this is rather for investment purposes with a view of renting the property for holiday purposes.

It is estimated that the price per meter squared in Grimaud is around €5,000. However, this price can vary according to criteria such as :

• the location of the property (close to local businesses ? schools ? the village center ?)

• the floor on which the apartment is situated. Generally, an apartment located on the uppermost floor of a property with a lift is more expensive. In addition, you can count on a discount for an apartment on the ground floor, except if it has a private garden.

• the exposure and a view over the Gulf of Saint-Tropez

• the general condition of the apartment and the property. If work has been approved by the joint ownership, we will keep you updated as we would supply you with the latest minutes of the general assembly.

• the amount of the joint ownership rates

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Large apartment with a sea view for sale

Selling your apartment in Grimaud

If you are a seller, we would be happy to be your realtor. We can assure you that it would be exposed to large visibility in order for you to sell it as soon as possible.

Therefore, you can count on :

• our comprehensive portfolio of clients and potential buyers

• great listing on our sites boutemy.net and boutemy.co.uk which receive hundreds of new visitors every day

• an active marketing on our social networks, publication of our advertisements on video on Youtube and the edition of a quaterly magazine (Port Grimaud by Boutemy) which is widely distributed in the village.

With Boutemy, you know you’ll be working with very active agents who are dedicated to selling your apartment.

Port Grimaud on a budget

Whilst on holiday, accommodation is the main cost. This is even more so for prime destinations such as those on the Côte d’Azur.

But if you have a limited budget for your holidays in Port Grimaud, you need not worry because there are some handy tips you can make use of in order to enjoy a wonderful holiday at a great price.

1. Port Grimaud, a nature destination

Provence is very popular, mainly for its year round sunshine, its quality of life, but mostly due to its beautiful landscape consisting of sea and mountains.
In the very heart of Var, Port Grimaud enjoys an enviable position, between the Maures Massif and the scintillating Mediterranean sea.

You could go mountain biking or hiking in the trails within the Maures Massif. The Var hiking week takes place From 24 September to 2 October 2016 for example. Various circuits will be advertised so that hikers at any level can discover the scenery of our magnificent region.

Massif des Maures

The Massif des Maures, copyright David Michon http://dernieravis.over-blog.com/article-massif-des-maures-part-iii-79981050.html

Holidays are made for relaxing, aren’t they ? So, what better way to do this than to kick back on the beaches of our coastline ?

2. Various free entertainment and cultural excursions

Throughout the year, our village’s Tourism Office is honored to offer various free entertainment and cultural activities which are accessible to everyone.

A. Discovering our heritage

Every month, the community arranges free and guided visits to the Saint-Roch mill and the Saint-Roche chapel, as well as to the Notre Dame de la Queste chapel.

Notre-Dame-de-la-Queste

The Notre Dame de la Queste chapel

To obtain the schedule of these visits, visit Grimaud’s Tourism Office website http://www.grimaud-provence.com/ or consult our blog where we publish the monthly program (and often even the weekly one) for the entertainment that is organized in Grimaud.

Here is an example of the weekly program from 5 September 2016 to September 11 2016.

B. Concerts, theatre and shows

Provence has fascinated artists and, more specifically, painters for several centuries. To continue in this tradition, the village highlights their efforts throughout the year. You are invited to stroll through the village’s many art galleries.  Every Thursday from July to mid-September, art galleries are open until late in the evenings so that you can enjoy their art works with a drink in your hand.

In addition to this, an art exhibition is held in Grimaud twice a year (Spring session in April and autumn session in September). Here again, access is free for everyone where you can discover the region’s artists.

Salon-peintres-septembre-2016

3. The Gulf of Saint-Tropez is home to several exceptional sporting events

The Gulf of Saint-Tropez has not lost its charisma and each year hosts several exceptional sporting events and rallies. The most iconic of all of these is certainly the Voiles de Saint-Tropez, a regatta bringing together traditional, centennial and cutting-edge modern yachts during September. Here, you are simply one of thousands each year admiring their fascinating ballet from the port of Saint-Tropez.

voiles-de-saint-tropez

However, the Gulf of Saint-Tropez also welcomes Harley Davidson, Vespa and Porsche lovers during festive weekends. Large parades are organized in Grimaud and Saint-Tropez for everyone to admire.

As you can see, nature, sport and culture are honored in our village and the several exhibitions offered are completely free of charge. Take advantage of them!

Buying or selling your Grimaud property

This Provençal village that still smells of yesteryear’s scents, turns out having a breath taking quaint charm. In addition to its undeniably singular character, this medieval village guarantees you the most unusual environment. If you are willing to journey back to the future, what is better than purchasing a property in Grimaud, located two strides away from Saint-Tropez.

What is the price of real estate in Grimaud?

While the average price for an apartment is around 5,000 to 6,000 euros per square meter, that of a detached house varies around 6,000 to 7,000 euros. Obviously, this is just an average and the price per square meter is only indicative seeing that many factors come into play in the evaluation of the market value of a property.

Among the most important ones are:

  • The location of the property, preferably in a quiet area
  • Its exposure
  • The state of the property: is there any work to be done? is there need for redecorating? If so, prospective buyers will use that argument to try and negotiate the price. If you want to increase your chances of a quick sell, think about it, because in a dated interior decor, some potential buyers will be unable to picture themselves living in your house or flat even though the rest of the house would be perfect for them.
  • The view, the size of the garden and a bonus swimming pool.

The opportunity to reside in a beautiful village of the Côte d’Azur

The medieval village is second to none and our ancestral roots have been strongly preserved and enhanced with time and space. But do not be fooled by its apparent quietness, as if walled up in the past, because everything is a pretext for worthy animation through a plethora of activities.

Grimaud-village

This place is therefore a beautiful mixture of tranquillity, far from the rumbles of big cities, and a cocktail of explosive thrill and excitement when one contemplates the majesty of its legacy which sees our past living in our present.

Living in a lively village

In terms of entertainment, ‘The musical nights of Grimaud’ are a complete package planned for you. Created 30 years ago, this name was given in 2003 and since, it has established the reputation it still enjoys today. Extending throughout the year, these nights offer numerous diversity of quality music to the delight of audiences of all ages. The reputation of these nights has been forged over the years, both regionally and nationally, or even internationally and among great artists.

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Les soirées musicales de Grimaud – September 2016

In Grimaud are also organized tennis tournaments, the race of Val de Gilly, one of the stop-overs of the Regatta Spi Dauphine, a gathering of Harley Davidson’s motorbikes…. but also conferences, varied but unique fairs, or even cultural and literary getaways such as the European museums’ night or book fairs. Let us not forget the Grimaud music tour which offers 3 concerts in 3 of Grimaud’s most emblematic places, and so on.

This corner of medieval paradise remains highly sought after by jaunt lovers where a route of your choosing might take up a whole day. You could also opt for the novelty offered by Grimaud’s tourist office: rides/hikes available on the website Cirkwi-Grimaud, where different outings are proposed on four routes as well as orienteering set up within the village to help discover it in a new light.

The proximity of Port Grimaud

Another advantage not to disregard is that Grimaud village and its harbor are part of a single municipality. You can therefore enjoy the benefits of a getaway ‘feet in the water’, while leaving your steps guide you to the market to soak up the delicate aroma of Provençal spices, and that more persistent of freshly caught fish from the Mediterranean Sea. This ‘Venice of Provence’ has so much to offer, it would be a sin not to taste of it or pretty impudent to despise its favors.

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Port Grimaud

More mundanely, let us consider the opportunities available to you if you decide to settle in Grimaud, but after what we listed above, how could it be otherwise? Let us therefore meet in Boutemy Immobilier agency, real estate specialist for two decades in Port Grimaud. You can start by visiting the website to take note of the deals accessible to you.

The birth of Port Grimaud, 50 years ago

Exactly half a century ago, the State issued the building permit for the construction of the lakeside city.

Mouth-Giscle

On this aerial view of 1955, you can see the mouth of the Giscle and all of the marshland on which the future lakeside city will be built.

A crazy bet. These words quoted by Mayor Alain Benedetto on June 14 at the 50th anniversary of Port-Grimaud, symbolize the incredible saga of the birth of an outstanding project.

« In the end, it’s an exemplary success. » Grimaud is fortunate enough to have in its region a city whose global reputation reflects on us all », he continued.

Yves and Bernard, the two sons of François Spoerry, designer of the lakeside city were on hand to unveil the plaque commemorating this highly symbolic day of the issuance of the building permit, that of June 14, 1966.

‘’It is an important event for the whole family » stressed Yves. « Being here is very poignant, » said his brother Bernard. « This site was only a swamp but my father has succeeded in this unlikely undertaking. »

The series of speeches ended with a tasty anecdote told by Alain Benedetto: in fact, the building permit of Port-Grimaud was not issued on the 14th but on the 13th of June: ‘’The date was changed to please the senior official Paul Ploix (father-in-law of the elected representative Florence Ploix, Editor’s note), in charge of the urban planning initiatives. June the 14th is the date of birth of his son Christian! « 

Right after, a Spoerry’s exhibition was inaugurated at the Community Hall. A must-see available for one month (until July 14).

1966-2016: AN ALBUM TO TRACE OUT HISTORY

‘’Port-Grimaud is 50 years old’’ is the title of a nice book newly released for the occasion.
It’s author is Bernard Spoerry, son of the master and it reminisces in pictures and sketches the crazy and beautiful adventure of the lakeside city’s construction. Here are a few images. 3000 copies were made and 1000 numbered. You can get hold of a copy in the village.

François Spoerry on the marshland

1962: François Spoerry has just acquired 35 acres. He is at the eve of his crazy dream.

Port-Grimaud-bridge

As incredible as it may seem, the Great bridge was built on… dry land, just a few hundred meters away from the nearest canal!

Fishermen-houses

1967: the first 14 houses are completed. 125 000 francs for a « Fisherman’s house »

François Spoerry with Brigitte Bardot

François Spoerry with Brigitte Bardot at the very beginning of the construction

Bird's eye view of Port Grimaud

François Spoerry loved to repeat that his village was « like the nested fingers of two hands… One for the land, the other for the sea! »This article was first published in France on Var Matin, our local newspaper.

A day in Grimaud by Emilie who fell in love with our village

At Boutemy, we love to discuss with our clients what enchants them most about Port Grimaud. After having spent 20 years in the village, we are filled with wonder each day with these fantastic surroundings, but it is always nice to find out the little favorites of others.

That is why we wanted to let travelers do the talking on this blog. Today, we inaugurate this series of interviews with Emilie, mother and blogger who reminisces about her first visit to Grimaud:

 » We chose to visit Grimaud in the morning and Port Grimaud in the afternoon.
We went there by car because Grimaud is located only 12 kilometers from Sainte-Maxime where we were staying. To avoid the traffic along the sea, I would advise you to go by Plan-de-la-Tour. Once you arrive, you can park in the village for free which has many parking lots available, that Port Grimaud does not have.
We had taken a map including a touristic track in a store (downloadable here.)

The village is charming with its paved roads and typical Southern houses. Grimaud is home to a 15th century castle that offers a splendid view of the golf of Saint-Tropez, and an open air theater gives concerts during the summer.

15th century castle in Grimaud overlooking the Gulf of Saint-Tropez

After we had lunch in a brasserie, we jumped on the little train to Port Grimaud! This allows you to easily move along the coastline and as you can imagine, my daughter loved it.
Prices: One way: adults 5 euros – children 3 euros  or roundtrip: adults 7 euros – children 4 euros.

little train from Grimaud to Port Grimaud

Port Grimaud, called the Venice of Provence, is a maritime village. Cars are forbidden (except for residents) and you can visit the lakeside city in electric boat that is possible to drive without a license. It costs 25 euros for 30 minutes. Since we didn’t have enough time, we walked there, which was also very enjoyable. At the end of the afternoon, we took the little train back to the car and went back to our vacation rental.

We must do it again with a concert in the ramparts of the castle!

We would like to warmly thank Emilie for her help. Grimaud and Port Grimaud are ideal destinations for children who would be entertained by the different modes of transport available to travelers. We hope that she will have the chance to test the electric boats next time because little ones love to drive them (wearing their lifejackets, of course, and with the help of an adult :-).

 

The 900 Nautiques of Saint-Tropez, edition 2016

The 7th edition of the 900 Nautiques of Saint-Tropez will take place from March 10 to 20 with a beginning race on March 12, 2016. Organized by the Nautical Society of Saint-Tropez, this Mediterranean race usually reserved to groups will open up this year to individuals with an adequate route of 400 nautical miles.

Registrations – open in November 2015 – were met with a large success since initially only 30 spots were provided. With this new racing system, the direction of the race and the organizer had preferred to reduce the number of registrations to 30, but the enthusiasm of the participants obliged the SNST to increase the number of participants. So, 38 sailboats are already registered in the race – 21 individuals and 17 in groups.

 900 nautical mile race around Saint-Tropez

Which route ?

The sailboats in the “group” or “individual” category will each participate in a race of a different distance – 900 nautical miles for the first one and 400 for the second – leaving and arriving at Saint-Tropez. The boats will need to mark several points of obligatory passage. Two races are programmed (for each category) and it is the direction of the race and the organizer who will choose the one that will be held, depending on weather conditions.

Group Race

Race 1:

Southern Menorca (Balearic) / Southern Sardinia (Italy) / Northern Corsica

Race 2:

Southern Sardinia (Italy) / Eastern Ponza (Italy) / Northern Corsica

Individual Races

Race 1:

Southern Corsica / Northern Corsica

Race 2:

Northern Corsica / Elba / Southern Corsica

Who can participate?

The regatta is open to single-hulled boats measured IRC with a minimum TCC of 1,000 in “groupe” and minimum 0.980 in “individual” and for multi-hulled boats measuring Multi 2000 in “groupe.” French citizens also need to have a FFVoile license.

Sailing race in Saint-Tropez, March 2016

What are the stand-out features?

The 900 Nautiques of Saint-Tropez are registered on the UNCL calendar of proof of the Offshore Championship IRC 2016 Group and Individual. The three first winners of the race (the podium) will win a monetary prize.

For a group between 5 and 10 boats, the 1st will win 2,500 euros, the 2nd 1,500 euros and the 3rd 500 euros.

For a group of more than 10 boats, the 1st will win 5,000 euros, the 2nd 3,000 euros and the 3rd 1,000 euros.

For a group of more than 5 boats, the 1st boat in real time “individual” and “groupe” will win 1,000 euros.

Below is a video from the 2015 Edition. Enjoy!

A week in Port Grimaud

When you come for a visit to our lovely town, you will no doubt notice that there are many others in the neighboring area. Though we strongly recommend visiting Port Grimaud first, we must admit that some of them are quite nice and worth the visit. So if you plan on staying in the area for a week or more, here are some places you can visit once you have exhausted the charm of our seaside city.

1- Cavalaire

cavalaire

A half-hour drive away from Port Grimaud, Cavalaire-sur-Mer is an old Greek colony that used to be named Heraciea Caccabaria. It is now a city centered around tourism and its port, so you can be sure to be well welcomed. It is renowned for its Mediterranean landscape and beautiful hiking paths with incredible views. It is also a very popular diving spot, as there are a dozen shipwrecks to explore. Thanks to its 4 km of white sandy beaches, you are free to picnic, sunbathe, swim, and enjoy a large number of activities such as water-skiing, sailing and more. All the equipment is available for rent in the nautic base.

2- Rayol Canadel

Plage de Rayol Canadel

About a 35-minute drive away from Port Grimaud, Rayol Canadel is a botanist’s dream come to life. It is filled with over 400 species of plant imported from all around the world which cover 80 % of the area’s municipality. There are 5 beaches of fine white sand for you to delight in and explore. Everyone can find something to enjoy at the Domaine du Rayol, centrepiece of the town where people can discover a great variety of Mediterranean plants all year round.

3- Le Lavandou

Le Lavandou

A 45-minute car ride away from Port Grimaud, Le Lavandou is perhaps most famous for celebrating Christmas on July 31 with a wonderful parade. The local Thursday morning market is also very popular and fun to discover. There is also the Fountain Trail to discover, with 13 fountains to admire along with a tour guide’s explanations of their significance and history. The highlight of the town, however, is without a doubt its 12 beaches connected by the Beaches’ miniature train. Art lovers will delight in the Painters’ trail, where they can admire the views that inspired the most famous French neo-impressionists. Lavandou is a town where everyone will find something to inspire and delight them.

4- Sainte-Maxime

Sainte-Maxime

A 20 minute drive away from Port Grimaud, Sainte-Maxime is a town with a lot to offer. The Mediterranean side offers 6 km of fine sand beaches where you can relax and enjoy a wide array of aquatic activities, including boat tours. On the southern side, you can discover many hiking trails offering beautiful views of Saint-Tropez Bay. For art and architecture lovers, the village itself retains its Art Deco style of the 1920s. Guided tours are offered and will allow you to discover this lovely town from an insider’s perspective.

So there you have it, four lovely towns besides our own to visit when you come to our seaside region in the south of France. Happy travelling!

 

A day in Port Grimaud

Most people who hear “vacations in Port Grimaud” think a holiday lasting at least two weeks. However, our seaside town is perfect for even a day-trip. There are many things to discover, which makes for a fun-filled day. Here are some suggestions.

Obviously, the first thing that comes to mind is the town’s beautiful beaches. One can easily spend the whole day discovering the beautiful white sand beaches lining the Gulf of St. Tropez. There is always room and the water is always warm. There are also boats for hire, which allow you to explore the coastline, find shady bays and inlets that will make you feel as though you are the first to see them. You can go swimming and snorkelling at your own pace, without having to worry about a schedule. To top it off, why not watch a beautiful sunset from your boat, or have a long romantic walk on the beach? Peaceful and relaxing, this is the perfect way to spend the day with a loved one in a pristine setting.

Salins beach in Saint-Tropez

If beaches aren’t your cup of tea, worry not! Port Grimaud has much more to offer. The area is quite famous for its wines, so why not go on a vineyard tour? The south of France, especially Port Grimaud, gets the most sunshine. This means that the grapes grown here are naturally sweet and have a high alcohol content. The wines made here are not aged, so they are made to be sold at the local market and enjoyed quickly. There are plenty of vineyards in the area offering tours and tastings, all you have to do is make your pick!

Vineyard in Cogolin

Visit the Domain de la Giscle in Cogolin, a village near Port Grimaud

You can also explore the town itself. It is a great way to spend time. Visit the lovely town square, shaded by big trees and framed by restaurants and bars. The market is held there every Thursday and Sunday, so plan your trip accordingly in order to experience its joys. There are many shops and art galleries to discover, as well as St. Francis Assisi church. You can also head for the hilltop to explore the old part of the village and see the stunning views of the area. Finish off the day with a nice meal in one Port Grimaud’s lovely restaurants to make a truly wonderful memory.

The castle of Grimaud on top of its hill

Of course, these activities may not take all day depending on how quickly you take it all in. However, you can mix and match them to better suit you. Go on a vineyard and wine tasting tour, then head over to the market to buy your favorites. Explore the old town and go to the beach when you get too hot. The possibilities are endless, and you will without a doubt find something you will enjoy and will remember fondly.

 

Buying property in Port Grimaud when one is not a French citizen

Are you wanting to buy a second residence in France, and is this the first time that you are investing in a property outside of your home country?

Be rest assured:  whether you are English, American, Spanish, Italian, German or Dutch (we haven’t forgotten about the other nationalities, but here you have an idea of the main properties in Port Grimaud), our team will guide you in completing your transaction in complete peace of mind.

French Venice - Port Grimaud, Provence, France

Our team has been trained at the best French management schools and is multilingual. We will therefore be able to guide you and assist you in your undertakings in your native language or even in English.
Furthermore, close to half of the property owners in Port Grimaud are foreigners (mostly Europeans). We therefore handle sales for locals as much as for foreign property owners.

With Boutemy Immobilier, you are in good hands !

Quite honestly, becoming a property owner in Port Grimaud, in France, when one is not of French nationality, is not that different to buying a house or apartment in one’s own country.
However, we would like to share with you some particularities specific to a purchase of a property in France.

We will put you into contact with a tax representative in French law.

For the purchase of your holiday residence in the Gulf of Grimaud (Gulf of Saint-Tropez) some of you will need to take out a loan. When this is the case, most of our buyers do this in their country of origin.
If you would prefer to contact a lender in France, we can certainly put you into contact with some local banks who enjoy our full confidence.
In any case, we will systematically put you into contact with a tax representative in French law.
This is compulsory if you originate from a country outside of the European Union, and has been optional since the 1st January 2015 if you originated from a country within the UE. However, even if you are exempt from it, we strongly advise you to do this.

We handle the establishment of all your water/gas/electricity accounts.

Our intervention does not end with the signing of the deed of sale. Boutemy Real Estate also takes care of the cancellation of the previous owner’s water, gas and electricity accounts and in creating new accounts for the new property owners.
From municipal and private services, we are aware that making one choice amongst many can be intimidating and time-consuming. Also, it is with great pleasure that we offer this service.

As you will have noticed, at Boutemy, we are committed to offering the best advice to our French, as well as foreign clients.

Our knowledge of foreign languages, our expertise in the Grimaudian property market as well as our knowledge in French administration enables you to complete the purchase of our property under the best circumstances.

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The church of Port Grimaud

The ecumenical church of St. Francis of Assisi is located in the heart of Port Grimaud.

It is the work, like our seaside town, of architect François Spoerry, who was laid to rest there.

françois spoerry's vault

Some of you will recognize a resemblance to the fortress church Notre-Dame-de-la-Mer of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. That structural choice was due to the many pirate attacks of the 9th century, initial date of construction of this other Provencal church. The church of St. Francis of Assisi in Port Grimaud was built between 1969 and 1973 and is part of the cultural and architectural heritage of the Camargue and Provencal churches.

Church in Camargue

The architect who built the church with his own money wanted it to be conducive to contemplation and without embellishment. The nave extends nearly thirty meters long.

altar church of port grimaud

Autel de l'église de port grimaud

Facing the sea, you can admire the unique stained glass of the church, made of 25 pieces each representing a phase of the sun from dawn to dusk.

stained glass windows by Vasarely

25 stained gass windows by Victor Vasarely: from dawn to dusk

The stained glass windows were designed by French-Hungarian artist, Victor Vasarely.

stained glass windows seen from the outsid

The church has its feet in water on two sides and is adorned, on top of its 16 meter tower, with a wrought iron campanile supporting a bronze bell.

church of port grimaud

The church is ecumenical, meaning it performs the ceremonies of several strands of Christianity, including Catholic and Protestant ceremonies.
It is owned by the residents. Its care was entrusted to an Ecumenical Council, composed half of Catholics, half of Protestants and a co-owners’ representative.

Mass is rarely celebrated in the church of St. Francis of Assisi. It usually takes place at St. Michael’s church in the village of Grimaud.

We invite you all to climb the spiral staircase, so that you can all enjoy a wonderful, panoramic view of Port Grimaud in its entirety.

luxury boats in Port GrimaudView from the ChurchPort Grimaudview from the church of port grimaudCanalis in Port Grimaud

Les îles d’Or

Les îles d’Or, or ‘The Golden Islands’ as they are sometimes called, is a name given to a group of four islands located just off the coast of South-East France, right in the Mediterranean. The ease of access to the islands coupled with the fact that they are quite far removed from the glitzy lifestyle that  the French Riviera boasts, results in Les îles d’Or being  a popular destination for many tourists who want a bit of a break from the ‘hustle and bustle’ of city life.

As I said before; there are actually four islands that make up Les îles d’Or. You will however only be able to access three of them. One of the islands, which is incidentally the smallest one, cannot be accessed at this time. This means that you will see no trips to Les îles du Bagaud.

Porquerolles

Porquerolles

This is the largest island in the group. It is also one of the most popular amongst tourists as it is the easiest to reach from France. Around 80% of this island has been designated as a national park. This means that most of Porquerolles is currently undeveloped. This makes the place absolutely fantastic for those want to walk through nature. At the south of the island you will find gorgeous, looming cliffs. The north is where you will be able to relax on the beaches. There is a single village on Porquerolles which is a true delight to explore. I do suggest you check out the church whilst walking around the village. It is stunning. A large proportion of the island is dedicated to vineyards. If you are heading here in the summer then you may be able to view the Jazz Festival that takes place each and every year.

Port-Cros

Port-Cros

Port-Cros : Crédit photo Franco Caruzzo

This island is tiny. At the moment the vast majority of the island is dedicated to being a national park. It does have quite a history though. For example; there is some evidence that a Roman colony used to call this island home. The island used to regularly come under attack from pirates too. As a result you may spot a few defences peppered around the area. Port-Cros also played a major role when the Allies took back Provence during World War II. If you are going to travel to Port-Cros, and I suggest you do, then make sure you have a camera in tow as you will want to take a lot of photographs.

Ile du Levant

Île du Levant

This island is slightly different from the other two. For a start; it is a military island (the other two islands are mostly privately owned). This means that you may not always be able to get onto the island. The village located on the island is mainly a nudist colony too. In fact; it was the first dedicated ‘nudist village’ in the world, so if that sort of thing offends you then you may want to steer clear. Being nude is actually expected in many areas. The area is quite a relaxed place and it does give off a good vibe, but you really do want to steer clear if you are not completely into the ‘nudist’ world.

Discover Porquerolles

For those of you who stay in Port Grimaud for the holidays, we recommend you take a trip to Porquerolles.

Porquerolles is one of four islands which make up the group of islands known as Les Iles d’Hyères, or ‘The Golden Islands’ as many people seem to refer them as. Porquerolles is actually the largest of the four islands. It is also the closest island to France. This makes it incredibly popular amongst the tourist crowd. If you are heading to Porquerolles thinking that it has all the glitz that the French Riviera boasts then think again. The vast majority of Porquerolles lacks any real development (we will come to the reasons as to why soon). This means that the island is mainly suited for those who want to be at ‘one with nature’ and just explore a beautiful Mediterranean Island.

wild nature in Porquerolles

The most recent history of the island began back in 1820. It was at this time that the village on the island, which still exists to this day, was established. The village grew at a fairly steady rate over the years. It is still fairly small (only 200 people are permanent residents of the island), but it does boast a rather beautiful church and lighthouse. In 1912 a gentleman known as Francois Joseph Fournier purchased the island for his wife. It was at this time about 500 acres of the island became dedicated to vineyards. The wine that was produced on this island was the first to be classed as ‘vin des Côtes de Provence’, and as any wine-lover will tell you; that is a pretty decent wine.

The French wanted to preserve the beauty of the island. As a result they purchased 80% of the island in 1971. They then created a national park out of it (the other half of the national park is on the nearby island of Port-Cros). Absolutely zero development is allowed in the national park area. This means that those who visit the island will be able to experience the true beauty of it. There are gorgeous forests to walk through, cliffs to get stunning panoramic views from, and gorgeous sandy beaches to relax on. This area is truly beautiful.

Porquerolles by night

Now just because the village is small does not mean that there is not a lot to do. As mentioned at the start the island of Porquerolles tends to have a rather laid-back feel to it. There is no hustle and bustle here, even in the high tourist seasons. The culture is very different from mainland France. To me, Porquerolles has an almost ‘classic’ French feel to it. There are fantastic places to eat, wonderful places to drink, and some beautiful scenery to feast your eyes upon. If you head to the island during the summer then you may even be able to catch a glimpse of the ‘Jazz á Porquerolles’, a Jazz festival that has been held on the island each and every summer since 2010. It has gone from strength to strength too with some pretty decent jazz musicians taking the stage throughout the festival.

Discover Ramatuelle in Provence

Ramatuelle is a village that we, the team of Boutemy Immobilier really like to go to for a stroll once in a while. It is one of a few villages in the south of France which relies on tourism in order to thrive. In fact, the population of this area goes up from 2,000 to close to 30,000 when the warmer months start to roll in. Don’t worry though; those who head to Ramatuelle will never feel as though they are in the ‘hustle and bustle’ of a populated tourist town. The residents of Ramatuelle have gone to great lengths in order to ensure that the area retains its classic French town.

Ramatuelle scenic view

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Most of the action in Ramatuelle actually takes place away from the center of the town, although those who head into Ramatuelle will be able to enjoy some of the most stunning views in all of France. If you are staying in Port Grimaud, then we do encourage you to visit Ramatuelle at least once. It is perfect for those who have never experienced a classic French village before. It is suggested that you visit here for the regular Farmer’s Markets, at least.

Summer in South of France

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One of the main highlights of Ramatuelle, and perhaps one of the main reason as to why many a tourist heads to this part of France is for the absolutely stunning beaches located nearby. The water is crystal clear and the sand is beautifully white. In fact; the beach in this area tends to be a favoured destination for many celebrities. You never know, you may spot one! Located along the beaches are all manner of ‘secret coves’ and the like. This means that you will never really be far from privacy, even if you are picking the busy summer months to head to Ramatuelle.

Ramatuelle, for the most part at least, is surrounded by nature. It may take a while to get to some of the larger destinations in the south of France, but most people will not mind as you will need to travel through absolutely gorgeous scenery. The forests that surround Ramatuelle are absolutely stunning. If you are the active type then you are going to love exploring them. Since this area of France is well-known for its wine production you will also be able to enjoy gorgeous Vineyards which stretch for miles and miles.

Ramatuelle French village

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Much of the area of Ramatuelle is dedicated to the more ‘laid back’ vacation so do not expect to find yourself in a midst of a crazy party night after night (although the nightlife in this area is good). Instead you can find yourself indulging in a Olive Oil and Wine trip, horse riding, craft-related activities, tennis, biking, walking, diving, boating, and even a spot of golf. A stay in Ramatuelle will really provide a break from the norm and it is an absolutely fantastic place to stay if you wish to head away from the major cities in the area. Those who visit Ramatuelle will never have anything short of an absolutely brilliant time on their holiday.

streets of Ramatuelle

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Culinary specialities in Provence

Holidays are the ideal time to discover the culinary specialities of our region and to treat yourself.

Perhaps you know of them and have even bought some in your own supermarket, but, believe me, there is nothing like a local tasting. A good, homemade ratatouille, with the vegetables all cooked separately, will never have the same taste of Provence elsewhere.

Many of our specialities come from the sea and it is today interesting to note that certain of our most iconic and sought-after dishes were originally considered as dishes of poor fishermen.

If you spend a few days here, the following are a few dishes to try.

Bouillabaisse

bouillabaisse

This is definitely the most iconic dish of the south of France and the ultimate Marseillaise speciality.

Its name comes from Provençal Occitan: from « bolh » for « boiling » and « abaiss » for «lowering», meaning lowering the fire, because this was how bouillabaisse was traditionally prepared.

This is a fish stew which is cooked at a rolling boil for about 15 minutes before continuing to cook on a low heat. The stew consists of at least 4 fish (monkfish, Saint-Pierre, redfish, red mullet , vive and roucaou) and is served with potatoes and croutons, or, even better, slices of garlic bread and rouille (our local mayonnaise).

Daube

daube provençale

Daube, just like bouillabaisse, is a family dish which is prepared the day before. It is most often prepared with braised beef and cooked with red wine, onions, celery, carrots, garlic and mixed herbs. It is delicious served with potatoes or gnocchi.

Sea urchins

sea urchins Provence

Tasting sea urchins is an institution in the region, and whether you want to taste them for the first time or you are already a connoisseur, we invite you to atttend the sea urchin festivals, which are organised every year. They have a friendly vibe and they take place over several weekends in Sausset les Pins, Carry le Rouet and Fos sur Mer.

You can also find sea urchins on the menu at many restaurants. They are eaten like oysters : by the dozen of half dozen.

Boiled eggs with truffles

truffles

This absolutely divine dish links a very basic food such as the boiled egg with our most famous mushroom, the truffle. This is all it takes to delight the tastebuds; it is sometimes in the simple things that the best tastes are revealed.

Find all the lastest news on the truffle on this website.

In Boutemy, we like to have lunch with our restaurateur friends from Port Grimaud. We recommend with enthusiasm Café Telline, which is situated on the marketplace (the telline is a delicious shellfish that you should definitely taste during your holidays in the Mediterranean)

The restaurant is open throughout the year and the chef likes to cook truffle, venison and vegetables.

We also recommend the la Tartane, 8 rue de l’Octogone for his pan-fried Saint-Jacques.

Visit Sainte-Maxime in the South of France

Located just a few miles from Port Grimaud, 56 miles from Nice airport and resting right in the heart of the French Riviera lies the absolutely gorgeous town of Sainte-Maxime. This beautiful place is a popular location for royal families from around the world, in particular, the Swedish Royal Family. It retains a classic French charm that you will really enjoy.

Sainte-Maxime French village

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Tourism is one of the biggest sources of income for Sainte-Maxime. It doesn’t get as many tourists as the nearby cities of Nice and Marseille, but those who travel to Saint-Maxime will never be short of things to do.  Many people who head to the area find particular enjoyment in exploring the Old Town, located just a short hop from the harbour. Here you will be able to indulge yourself in all manner of shops, bars, restaurants, and classic French Markets.

Sainte-Maxime is one of the French Southern towns which played its role in the history of World War II. The beach in Sainte-Maxime was actually the focal point of the attack on the South of France. Some people may know this attack as ‘Operation Dragoon’. There are a number of monuments close to the harbour where you are able to pay respect to the fallen. In the Old Town you will find La Tour Carrée, a place constructed in the early 1600s by monks. It was here that Napoleon constructed cannons in order to protect France during the Napoleonic Wars of the 19th Century.

As mentioned previously, those that stay in Sainte-Maxime are located a short distance from the cities of Nice and Marseille. This means that they are able to enjoy some of the best and the most beautiful cities in the south of France without subjecting themselves to the hustle and bustle of city life. Those who want a little break from it all can hop on the regular boats to Port Grimaud and Saint-Tropez.

Gulf of Saint-Tropez

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If you head to Sainte-Maxime in the summer, you will be able to enjoy all manner of beach-related activities. The beaches that stretch along the coast here are sandy-white and virtually unspoiled. Not only will you be able to swim and soak up some of those rays whilst you lie on the beach, but you will also be able to engage in all manner of water sports. This includes water-skiing, Jet-skiing, and even sailing.

Those who love their golf will be pleased to know that there are eight different golf courses in the area. All can be reached in no more than thirty minutes by car. This makes Sainte-Maxime the perfect location for a golfing holiday.

Sainte-Maxime-by-night

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Weekend in Port Grimaud : What to See and Do with Children ?

Will you soon be visiting the French Riviera as a family ? Why not opt ​​for a weekend with your children in Port Grimaud and discover the many facets of our famous « Venice of Provence » ? Take a break with your loved ones as a family, for a weekend or a week. Tour Port Grimaud or stroll about the small streets of Grimaud’s medieval village…the little Venice of Provence is sure to please.

Port Grimaud canals

Photo taken from the bridge of Port Grimaud I between « Place des Artisans » and « Place du Marché »

Good to Know

Port Grimaud is in the commune of Grimaud, in the Var. Located in the heart of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, this private seaside town attracts more and more tourists from around the world searching for relaxation and a change of scenery. It may interest you to note that it was built in 1966 by a sea-loving architect from Mulhouse, François Spoerry. July of 1967, the first houses were delivered and construction was completed in the early 2000s. Since then, many French and foreign tourists have fallen in love with this one-of-a-kind village. It is dotted with footpaths and canals…but also small restaurants along the water, bridges, and views to delight those who admire beautiful landscapes, flowers and stones. Port Grimaud is an exceptionally beautiful architectural ensemble, a must-see at least once in your lifetime. Entering the Twentieth Century Heritage in 2002, this village guarantees a total change of scenery and allows you to enjoy quality family time. Discover Port Grimaud for a weekend! So not to miss anything on your weekend, here’s a quick overview of things to see and do onsite.

Waterfront houses

View from the Church of Port Grimaud

What to See and Do as a Family in Port Grimaud for a Weekend ?

First, know that the town has the distinct feature of being organized into private co-ownerships that entirely assume the town’s preservation and maintenance. The heart of the village is open to visitors, but you should leave your car in the parking lot outside. This will allow you to explore the town on foot or by boat. Indeed, you can board a boat to discover Port Grimaud far and wide…an experience that will surely delight the young and also charm the old. For those interested, note that there are small, electric boats available for use in several places in the village. And that’s not all, do not miss out on the region’s major tourist attractions: Cloister of Fréjus Cathedral (national historic monument), villages of Gassin and Tourtour (both belonging to the very select club of Most Beautiful Villages in France), Maures mountains (great scenic beauty that will delight nature lovers), as well as the many parks and gardens of the area where your children can play to their heart’s content.

Would you enjoy this family weekend in Port Grimaud ?

This article was first published in French on our blog.

Entrance of Grimaud harbour

Entrance of Grimaud harbour

Port Grimaud : A Waking Dream !  

An exceptional seaside town, born in the mind of a genius architect.

A small, colourful, Provencal « village » offers all the advantages of a private community combining safety, privacy and friendliness in a locale made for boat lovers… this village is Port Grimaud.

lovely port grimaud

A Bit of History…

Port Grimaud, often called the « Venice of Provence », is a private seaside town located in the heart of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, France. It is located in the commune of Grimaud, in the Var Department.

For its residents, Port Grimaud is heaven on earth. For others, it is the dream of a lifetime. Only by spending time in Port Grimaud, at least a few days with a view of its canals, can we understand that.

Port Grimaud was conceived, designed and built by François Spoerry, a sea-loving architect from Mulhouse.
In 1962, he acquired the marshy lands on which the Seaside Town was built and perfectly integrated into the Mediterranean environment.
The building permit was issued on June 14, 1966 and this founding date so named the first building « June 14 Place ».
In 1967, the first houses were delivered and life began in Port Grimaud.
Construction was completed in the early 2000s.

Thus was born a seaside village facing the sea, with colourful facades and Roman tiles, fantastic streets following the wind or sun, a place where every house has its own mooring.

Port Grimaud is a living town with a church, shops and services.

Since 2001, the seaside village of Port Grimaud is a UNESCO « Twentieth Century Heritage ».

This unique property complex that spans 90 hectares represents a total of 2,400 units, more than 2,000 moorings, 7 km of canals, 12 km of quays, 14 bridges plus a boardwalk, as well as 12 islands.

Considered a real village or real commune by many, Port Grimaud is actually an immense co-op, but with absolutely all the characteristics of a « mini-commune » even its own rules of procedure.

« Venice » in Provence divided into three boroughs.

The evolution of the town’s construction naturally defined three « boroughs » : Port Grimaud I, Port Grimaud II and Port Grimaud III, managed by three separate and autonomous union associations.

Historically, Port Grimaud I is the first of François Spoerry’s achievements and his largest : 22 hectares of land and 13 hectares of water. 1,108 co-op lots, 834 berths including 250 public docks reserved for passing ships or yearly tenants.

The union council of Port Grimaud I takes particular care to ensure respect of the architectural coherence created by François Spoerry, be it choosing façade colours or constructions that could alter the outer appearance of houses or shops.

All modifications must be authorized by the union association, who then receives advice from architects. They are equipped with an association for information and property owner advocacy.

Quality of life and environmental preservation are also not neglected, by land with an electric car transportation service, or by sea with a fully electric resident transportation service.

Greenspace is maintained without chemicals and waste collection works efficiently in all boroughs. The union council is also guarantor of preserving traditions of the seaside town with notably, every August 15, Sea and Fisherman’s Day that includes a mass held in the ecumenical church of St. Francis of Assisi, which has magnificent Vasarely stained glass windows representing the solar cycle.

After the ceremony, a procession of boats follows the priest as he blesses boats docked along the canals all the way to the harbour entrance, where he lays a wreath for missing sailors.

Deceased in 1999 at Port Grimaud, François Spoerry now rests in a tomb at St. Francis of Assisi church.

Abbeys and Priories near Port Grimaud

While Port Grimaud is a dream destination for lovers of sea and sail, some of you will enjoy recharging in the abbeys and other religious places only a few dozen kilometers from Port Grimaud.

Cannet-des-Maures (45 minute drive from Port Grimaud)

church saint michel cannet des maures

Old Cannet-des-Maures sits on a rocky ridge that dominates the valley facing the Maures mountains and offers a beautiful view.

The old Saint-Michel priory dates back to the 11th century when it was occupied by Benedictines. The apse and two apse chapels are classic and very simple as a whole. On the portal keystone, you will notice a small decoration with two heads and a Chi-Rho. The bell tower, built in the 17th century with a campanile, brightens up the building.

Chartreuse de la Verne (45 minute drive from Port Grimaud)

monastère de la verne

Located in the Collobrières commune, Chartreuse de la Verne is reached by a long, winding road. It is surrounded by a very dense forest of many species including magnificent chestnut trees.

Chartreuse de la Verne’s history is similar to that of many other abbeys: fires and successive looting. It felt secure being so elevated, but it was not spared.

When donations flowed in the 12th century, lords then became jealous and ruthless with the Carthusians (imprisonment, punishment).

Religious wars, the Revolution and selling off some of its beautiful stones left Chartreuse in a sad state. But the building rehabilitation program (12th to 17th century) restored its lustre.

 

Roquebrune-sur-Argens (48 minute drive from Port Grimaud)

Leaving Roquebrune toward the sea, route D7 passes the old Saint-Pierre chapel, which has a rectangular shape and beautiful apse. Here, there was a priory that belonged to Saint-Victor de Marseille in 1043. This Romanesque structure is well-maintained and one of the oldest in the region.

 

Le Thoronet (53 minute drive from Port Grimaud)

le thoronet

This abbey is one of the best known and most admired in south-east France (along with Senanque and Silvacane).

Monks often chose the site of an abbey based on the proximity to abundant water and forest. This is the case with Thoronet, where water was bountiful and used in the lovely sink, kitchens, mill, latrines, and garden.

The buildings are made of different-sized stones, but with a dry stone method that interlocks and fits them together perfectly to prevent expansion. It is a truly remarkable construction. This may be the abbey which leaves you with the greatest sense of power, reverence, simplicity, and purity. By the end of the 12th century, the architect, or more likely the abbot, was especially gifted at predicting the path of light and sound in the abbey-church. In fact, the acoustics are exceptional.

We hope that visiting these holy places will help you discover the immense historical and religious heritage of the Department of the Var.

Your real estate agency in Port Grimaud: new opening hours

Dear all,

We hope you spent a Wonderful Easter weekend with your loved ones.

With Easter starts the Summer Season and we have therefore extended our opening hours to better suit your needs.

From March 29, 2015 to October 15, 2015, Marion, Yael and Marc are pleased to welcome you:

– from 09:00am to 12:30pm and from 03:00pm to 06:30pm, Monday through Saturday
– from 09:00am to 12:30m on Sunday and by appointment on Sunday afternoon.

All our listings are updated everyday and available 24/7 on our website : so check out our houses with mooring, apartments with mooring or other properties for sale as well as our holiday rentals.

We’re looking forward to meeting or hearing from you.

Best,

the Boutemy Immobilier team

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Things to do near Port Grimaud with kids

In Provence, Port Grimaud is slightly off the ‘beaten track’ and seems to be very much protected from the hustle and bustle of many of the larger places on the Riviera. This is the place to bring children when you want something a little bit quieter from the norm. Let me run you through a couple of the more exciting things you can do when you stay in Port Grimaud.

The Beach

beach near port grimaud

If you got some kids in tow then it is likely that they will be dragging you along to the beach…a lot. Thankfully the Gulf of Saint Tropez boasts some of the best beaches around. That gorgeous white sand stretches for miles and miles. You can just sit and relax with barely a person in sight. If you want to make your trip to the beach a little bit more adventurous then you can always hire one of the boats in the area. There are plenty of lovely little, secluded bays for you to discover.

Horse Riding

If you have a car at your disposal then you can head just outside of Port Grimaud and head to the equestrian center. Here you will be able to take a couple of riding lessons. Honestly; it is going to be complete thrill. If you have never ridden a horse before then straight away you are going to experience something truly special. Not only is it great fun but you will be able to ride with the Les Maures mountains as your backdrop. It is a true experience.

Go Karting

Kids always love a bit of ride at speed around a track, right? Well; there is a pretty large Go Kart just a few miles outside of Port Grimaud. You can easily spend a whole day here. Ticket prices are fairly affordable too. A day here is going to be a perfect complement to your vacation rental.

Theme Parks

There are a couple within a short distance of Port Grimaud. Trust me; they are going to be pretty fun too. Parc Niagara is a firm favorite amongst children of all ages. It is a water park so it is probably best to head there during the warm days. For those kids that want a bit of evening fun (although you can go here during the day too!), then the nearby Azur Park, which is packed to the brim with all sorts of rides, is going to be truly thrilling. A combination of both of those parks should be more than enough to cover you for a couple of days for not a whole lot of money. There are also some ‘minor’ activities in the area surrounding Port Grimaud. This includes bowling and a bit of mini golf.

If you rent a place in Port Grimaud then you almost certainly will not be short of things to do.

Visit Provence in Winter

One of the true delights of Provence during the winter is the fact that there are barely any tourists there. Most people seem to be a bit reluctant to hit this area of France during the colder months. That is fine though. Avoiding the tourists is brilliant. It means that you can truly experience some of the delights that this area of the country has to offer.

Markets

Provence Market

Ok; if you are going to be in Provence during the winter, it is likely you will be staying in reach of one of the many small villages that are peppered around the area. Brilliant! Most days of the week you will find at least one or two markets running. Go and visit them! It will mainly just be locals there and you will be able to experience a true ‘French Market’. Make sure you head to a good Farmer’s Market (Port Grimaud I on Thursdays and Sundays, Port Grimaud Sud on Mondays and Fridays or Grimaud on Thursdays). You will be able to pick-up some high quality ingredients to work into your own cooking.

Shopping

The law in France states that stores are only allowed to offer sales twice a year. The first will always be in July in order to pull those tourists in. The second, and quite often bigger, sale is in January. There will not be tourists here. Stores will be looking to get rid of the stock that they were unable to shift over the Christmas period. There are plenty of deals here and I am sure you will be able to find more than one item to bring home to your family. There will be plenty of cafes and restaurants around these stores so you can always stop off for some delightful French food to ‘reinvigorate’ yourself.

Restaurants

Let’s stick to the subject of food for a little. Provence is a very ‘high class’ area. People flock from all over the world to sample the culinary delights on offer (French cuisine is the best after all). Most of these people will book months in advance to ensure that they have a table at their favorite restaurant. You will not be heading to Provence during the high season though. This means that you have your pick of some of the best restaurants around, and you are barely going to need to book a table. Grab a food guide in advance and just ‘tour’ the region. There will be plenty on offer !

The Beach

beaches south of france

No. You are not expected to have a dip in the Mediterranean during the winter. You will freeze. You should still head near the beach though. The scenery is absolutely stunning. Have a walk around the area and you will almost certainly start to warm up on even the coldest of days. Don’t forget to bring your camera along too! Those gorgeous views will be unspoiled by tourists, and that means that you should be able to get in some beautiful photographs !

Traveling to France and to Port Grimaud for the first time

If you are traveling to Port Grimaud or to France for the first time, here a few tips for your visit.

Getting dressed

We are located in one of the sunniest areas of France, so you’ll most likely have a lot of sunshine whether you come and visit us in the summer or in the winter.
However, it can get gold in the winter, so don’t forget to layer up.

In general, people are dressed casually, even in fancy villages and cities such as Saint-Tropez or Cannes. However, if this is true when you stroll down the streets, you’ll need to dress up to enter casinos or gourmet restaurants.

Speaking with French people

France in general may not be the country where you’ll find the most English speakers, but we receive millions of tourists every year, so everyone in the industry does speak English. Don’t worry, you’ll easily be able to order a cup of coffee or a good meal at the restaurant (lots of restaurants have menus in different languages).

If you’d like to give French a try, start by learning how to say Hello, Good bye and Thank you.

Hello: bonjour (before 5pm) or bonsoir (after 5pm)

Good bye: au revoir

Thank you: merci or merci beaucoup (thank you very much).

We also suggest you download an app that enables you to speak your question or phrase to your smartphone and it will be automatically speak the translated version.

You’ve probably heard that we French people either say “tu” or “vous” for “you” and this may seem a little intimidating or confusing. Without entering into too many details, use “tu” when speaking to children and “vous” for everyone else. Only friends and family members use “tu”. And if you still have doubts, it’s better to start with “vous” and wait for other people to ask to “se tutoyer” (= to say “tu”).

Currency

Our national currency is the euro. It’s the same as in a lot of other European countries, which can be very convenient if you are travelling to nearby countries, such as Italy for instance.

Taxis/Cabs

Be aware that most taxis do not accept credit card so make sure you have withdrawn cash from an ATM before. If that’s not the case, you can still ask the driver to make a stop at an ATM on your way to your destination.

This profession is strictly regulated so the price should be the same for everyone. It depends on the number of kilometers, the time of the day and on the number of pieces of luggage in the trunk.

Uber is also very popular in France so you can give drive with them as well.

Tipping

At bars and restaurants, a service charge is systematically included in the bill so tipping is absolutely optional (French restaurant owners love foreigners who don’t know that and add a 15% to 20% tip). If you’re happy with the service you can still add a euro or two at the end of your meal.

These are some basic rules when it comes to visiting France. If you need more information or are looking for a vacation rental near Saint-Tropez, please reach out to us. We’ll be happy to assist you.

Boutemy Real Estate launches « 2015 BI’s Winter Sale »

Boutemy estate innovates once again this year and has not finished to surprise you !

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From January 6th to February 12th, 2015, Boutemy Real Estate offers discounts through its « Winter Sale » ranging from 5 to 20% including VAT on our fees, on a selection of houses and apartments for sale, only on offers that have been accepted by owners during this period, and on the condition that the date of signing (of completion) takes place no later than June 30th, 2015.

To get a list of eligible properties or for more information, please contact us by any means at your convenience.

Boutemy Real Estate, innovating leader in Port Grimaud.

Best Wishes 2015 from the BOUTEMY team !

The whole BOUTEMY REAL ESTATE TEAM wishes you a Merry Christmas 2014, and a very Happy New Year 2015.

Here is our Greeting card 2015 that we are offering to you with our hearts … and our sense of humor !

« We wish you the Best for 2015… Port Grimaud, your greatest gift. »

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