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.
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 theirhistory: Club 55, TahitiPlage, 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.
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 blessedera 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
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.
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)
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. Website
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)
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. Website
Galerie Francis Chapus (Francis Chapus Gallery)
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. Website
Rêve de voiles (Dream of Sails)
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)
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)
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. Website
Galerie Paul Janssen (Paul Janssen Gallery)
It showcases various styles of Art: Pop Art – Photography – Cobra – Contemporary Art. We’re in love with Nick Brandt’s photographs. Website
La Galerie du cygne (The Swan Gallery) exhibits paintings and drawings, following current artistic trends and the artwork entrusted to it.
La Galerie des Arcades (The Arcades Gallery) is selling paintings and sculptures, a very nice place that is worth discovering.
La Galerie Laurent Boyrie (The Laurent Boyrie Gallery) is an exhibition of sculptures and paintings and a collection of jewelry by various artists.
We wish you a most enriching visit, in an enchanting area where every day of the year is magical.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Port Grimaud III
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 m2), 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 hada 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 ?
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, .
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.
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.
– 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A typical provencal village
The village has been carefully restored, but not excessively so and has successfully retained its authentic character.
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.
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.
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 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 ».
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.
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 and2002. 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.
- 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 outsome 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.
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 thesought-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).
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 to2 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 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, witha 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your search criteria. We will do what it takes to find the studio which will brighten up your days and enchant your nights.
Have you come back from your holidays in Grimaudenchanted 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 andEuropean 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 andthe other to the village’s real estate market) and our social networks. We therefore reach close to 8,000 users every month.
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.
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.
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
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
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
In Port Grimaud, you can rent a house or apartment with a mooring.
For those who are not familiar with Port Grimaud, it is a sparkling lakeside city situated in the Gulf of St-Tropez. Almost every House has the advantage of having its own mooring area, located just in front. Each differs from the others, be it in terms of the view over the Bay of St-Tropez or the size of the moorings. So between buckles and dry land, nothing is stopping you, you have everything at hand, a luxury that it is difficult to find in other tourist resorts in the whole of Europe.
The apartments are not excluded, as many of them too can be rented with their own mooring.
For rent on boutemy.co.uk: a flat with a 10 metre mooring
If your apartment does not have a mooring, you can very well rent one on the spot because one of the peculiarities of this charming place is that everything is at your disposal and designed to make your stay as pleasant as possible. This is because, in a city like Port Grimaud, it is easier and faster to move by boat than on two wheels or by car. Water buses, hovercraft and electric carts are the preferred means of transport and are readily available as such to move in the city.
A real estate project that combines authentic provençal houses and quality infrastructure
Despite its young age, Port Grimaud resembles an old provençal village, today. Also,in addition to being a unique lakeside city in the Mediterranean basin, it is also equipped with an excellent infrastructure. It has become one of the most beautiful and most desired real estate projects in the world at large, with one of its biggest advantages is that it offers all the services of a modern port. Its 27 hectare stretch of water plan offers enough place on its side canals for yachts. Its depth is at least 2.15 meters and 3.50 meters minimum for that of the main canal.
The founder of the city, its architect, François Spoerry, began a visionary and ambitious project in 1966: To create a lakeside city. With 12 km of the quay, lined up with gardens and « fishermen’s houses », which come alongside a number of boats. Today Port-Grimaud is one of the most visited provincial villages in France. An undeniable success in contemporary architecture, which comes from the name » Venise provençale ».
Above all, do not be worried about being bored, because there are numerous forms of animations festivities, and hikes to engage in both day and night. For the majority, they are in love with the picturesque medieval village of Grimaud, which as its name suggests, is part of the same municipality. A present day haven of a very long history, all lovers of ancient stones and history will be delighted to visit this village. This hamlet dominates the coastal city and offers staggering views of the Gulf of St-Tropez.
Rent your villa or apartment in Port Grimaud!
But whether you want to rent a House, a villa, a Marina or an apartment, you will find professionals at your disposal through the Boutemy real estate agency. We are a member of the FNAIM and have been in service in the center of the city, for two decades. Feel free to visit our website www.boutemy.net . In a few clicks, there is no doubt that you will find your ideal home. As soon as you have found it, contact us at 04 94 56 56 58 to finalize your reservation. However do not delay, holidaymakers are often loyal customers who book reservations each and every year.
Boutemy real estate is a family-run agency founded in Port Grimaud about 20 years ago by Jacques and Chantal Boutemy, natives of Var. Today managed by their daughter, Marion, who as her parents, grew and lives in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, the agency consists of 4 energetic members:
Members of the agency
Marion Boutemy, the Director who you may contact for the purchase of your property, for resale or for renting a home, if you are a holidaymaker.
Yael also operates in two fields: purchase/sale and rental. She has been a collaborator for the Agency for several years now. She has intimate knowledge of Port Grimaud and will provide you with all her expertise, whether it is to estimate the value of your property in order to sell it as soon as possible and at a price that suits you.
Kim is our agent in charge of rental assistance. She is in control of the relationship with tenants and makes sure of the smooth running of all the vacation rental properties, by providing advice and assistance to holidaymakers and ensuring all owners have peace of mind.
Gilles is a seasoned real estate advisor. His activities focus mainly on the sale of your property or help you in searching for a land, House or apartment corresponding to your project in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud areas.
We will help you realize your real estate projects
Our team is diverse and our members complement each other. From marketing professionals and specialists of real estate in Port Grimaud, you will enjoy the best assets that you have from our efficient real estate agents: knowledge of the real estate market in the region, but also listen to advice, have discretion in carrying out their business and have a talent in negotiating agreements.
For assistance in your real estate project, we invite you to visit Agency it is located at the 32 place des Artisans in Port Grimaud. During the summer period (which for the Boutemy’s means from late March to mid-October), you are always welcomed to come visit us.
We would be there to receive you even on Sundays, in the mornings at the agency and in the afternoons if you book an appointment. You can contact us through email, telephone or fax. All of our contact information is on our Contact page.
We will be delighted to make your acquaintance and introduce you to our portfolio of products and opportunities which you will enjoy in Port Grimaud.
We warmly invite you to make the first appointment with one of our team members to precisely define your project. Whether it’s sales, purchase, renting, or looking for a place to stay on holidays, we can help you achieve the best possible deals.
You can see for yourself from our website, the various announcements and real estate offers, a good understanding of your needs and your search criteria also helps us identify the ideal property for you.
In addition, before putting our new listings online, we systematically contact our clients who may be interested. If you want to benefit from this too, just visit our agency or contact us. It would be a pleasure to meet you.
A very popular destination for lovers of the Mediterranean, of sailing and of holidays spent at the waterfront, Port Grimaud is a charming village where you can spend the holiday of your dreams: festive activities and beautiful people thanks to the neighboring city of Saint-Tropez, where sports and relaxation are ideal for families with its beautiful surroundings.
With nearly as many anchors as houses, Port Grimaud is primarily used by lovers of boats.
To be quite specific, Port Grimaud is actually located in the town of Grimaud in the division of the Var Department.
We have discussed the richness of the heritage and cultural activities of Port Grimaud in numerous articles on the blog. We also let you browse through them to be able to prepare yourself for your stay in our provençal village.
In this article, we will specifically address the practical aspects of your stay: how to get to Port Grimaud, how to move around in the village, what are the available shops…
1.How to get to Port Grimaud for the best vacation experience
If you come by plane, you land in one of the 2 nearest airports: Nice-Côte d’Azur (1 h 30 drive by car) or Marseille-Provence (2 hours by car). If you do not have your own car, you can rent one at the airport.
2.How to move around in Grimaud/Port Grimaud.
Some areas are accessible only on foot, but we, however, recommend that you have a car (to carry your bags and luggage, it’s more convenient) or a bike, which will help you move around easier and make your trip more enjoyable.
Alternatively, you can take the tourist train, bus or hovercraft, these silent shuttles powered by electricity produced by photovoltaic panels installed on their roofs.
Similarly, port trades and activities are regularly carried out between Port Grimaud and the neighboring ports (one of them is Saint-Tropez). However, to remain ahead of their schedules, most residents prefer to have a car on the spot.
3.What are the available shops in Port Grimaud
All shops essential for a serene vacation are present in Port Grimaud. You will find many restaurants (including the café Telline open year-round) fashion and footwear stores, a few bazaars allowing you to buy items in any kind, ice-cream sellers, boat rental, real estate agency and also a Bank, a tobacconist, a grocer and a small supermarket.
4.Where to do your grocery shopping in Port Grimaud
As we have said earlier, there are all kinds of shops in Port Grimaud to buy what you need, but you can also do your food shopping at the Géant Casino de la Foux (5 minutes away from Port Grimaud) or at the Leclerc of the neighboring village of Cogolin (an 8 minutes’ drive).
For fresh fruit and vegetables, we recommend the Grand Frais of Cogolin and of course our typical markets.
The market opens twice a week in one of the following villages: Grimaud, Port Grimaud, Saint-Tropez, Sainte-Maxime, Cogolin, Ramatuelle…
These have been some tips for you to help prepare your stay in Port Grimaud. If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to ask us in comments and we would answer you and write more articles to help answer them.
The history/story of Port Grimaud: the dream of François Spoerry
It is a story that we do not get tired of telling our clients: the one of Port Grimaud and its emblematic creator, the Alsatian architect François Spoerry.
The architecture was not initially a vocation to go into construction and design. He wanted to be a sailor but failed to get into the navy because of his problem of eye-sight. He, later on, changed his dream and became an architect.
As a young man, he loved sailing a lot and especially with his small boat. He would usually go to Greece with his buddies.
On this particular occasion, he had noted that it was difficult to dock his boat besides his holiday home. It was from his travels that he had the idea of a lakeside city. His dream was to be able to have his boat next to his house, and he devoted the rest of his life to achieve this ambitious project.
The conditions required for the creation of the lakeside city
To realize this little crazy project, it was necessary to him to find flat ground because you cannot dig canals on a hill or through a marshland for example. Land next to the sea seemed ideal.
Here precisely, in the heart of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, a marshland was put for sale in the 1960s. This land, the Locals both feared and loved. It was certainly appreciated by fishermen and hunters, but it was heavily plagued by mosquitoes.
Map from the 1950s: back then, Port Grimaud was only a marshland
To give life to this Utopia it was also necessary to fulfill another condition.The road had to be slightly indented from the sea. In fact, anyone could go to sea without crossing a bridge with a sailboat, no matter how small the boat was.
Also, with a sailing boat 15 meters high, it is necessary to make a bridge 15 meters high or even higher, which is absolutely unthinkable.
He, therefore, had these two conditions well in mind and began looking for land. This land, he found here. It had a total surface area of 30 hectares and it had been on sale for 7 years. Nobody wanted it, and it is said that this was exactly what he needed.
Port Grimaud, far more than marinas
François Spoerry had to fight for another four long years to obtain the building permit. In June 1966, that the first houses were built out of the sand. In barely four years, the swamp became an interlacing of peninsulas and canals, a mosaic of streets and squares which draw a real village.
François Spoerry dream wasn’t to build only a marina. It was not just to be able to park his boat. He really wanted a community life. A life where we can go shopping, get together, go partying. There was, for example, a common house, yachts clubs, a cinema, a school and a church.
The church is the symbol of a community: it is actually an ecumenical Church.
François Spoerry was of Protestant origin, but the environment of the South of the France was and remains rather Catholic. Therefore, he had this idea of an ecumenical Church where accommodating everyone was possible.
‘L’architecture douce’ against coastal concrete
The French were increasingly flocking towards the seaside for their holidays and the Côte d’Azur became highly urbanized, there were even concrete home in some places. François Spoerry rather wanted the contrary. He wanted that tourist spend holidays in Port Grimaud, in a preserved village, A typically provincial atmosphere. He called it “L’architecture douce” It is an interesting choice of words that evoke the idea of doing something that integrates delicately and sensitively in what makes the character of a region. For example, to build provincial in theprovince, Lebanese the Lebanon…
The symbolism of Port Grimaud
Port Grimaud is not the only lakeside city in Europe, it is far from it. The village received the nickname of Venise provençale and yet, she looks neither as Venice norAnnecy nor as Martigues to cite places close to us. This is, in fact, the basic concept, it was necessary that he could reach his house with his car to unload his races and his luggage and have his boat he could use to go out at sea. This, therefore, established a principle which is the inferencing of the fingers of the Earth and the fingers of the sea. This means that from the tip of your finger of land, you can find a road which would link you to the rest of the mainland and from your home with your boat, you can reach the sea without crossing a bridge. This made a very original plan.
It is a very beautiful symbol because it is precisely the idea of integration at work here.Integration of the Earth and classic marinas is just the opposite. A marina, it is a dock for boats. You have buildings on one side, parked cars outside and docking for boats on the other. In other words, it comes to zoning. While here, everything is nested. You have everything at the same time. You have the boat, home, pedestrians and trees which are rightly at the height of the architecture.
There are about 2,500 to 3,000 homes here, all divided into a dozen categories. This means that initially, there were fewer than 10 houses for the lakeside city plans. On the other hand, externally, there are no two similar houses.
The most sought-after homes are the fishermen’s houses. They are among the most spacious and have two floors. Boutemy offers superb homes for sale in Port Grimaud. The words can make you smile because, at the mention of “Maison de pêcheur” term, one can easily imagine a modest shack at the edge of the sea and comfort. Here, it is just the opposite and living in one is the height of luxury.
Keep in mind that Port Grimaud is only fifty years old and François Spoerry was anxious not implement decorations from cinemas or Disney tunes. He wanted an authentic village that gives the impression of having always been there. This is why many recycled materials were used during the construction.
The architect imagined using materials such as tiles, floors, tiles, and wood balconies: just what is a little bit visible with the aim that this appearance is something already widely used and not something new.
An exceptional holiday place
Port Grimaud was an immediate success. Most people here are boat lovers and lovers of the sea and have found here the dream of every sailor: you take your boat, you sail for an hour and you come back. It doesn’t exist anywhere else!
Building on its success, Port Grimaud was expanded in the 1990s. Today, the city extends over 90 hectares and includes nearly 3,000 homes, 2,000 moorings and 7 km of canals that can go board a river boat. Beautiful properties are available for rent, including nearly 70 in the Boutemy real estate agency.
How to get and move to Port Grimaud
River boats are electric boats that are used as buses and whose aesthetics remind us of boats from Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
On Earth, cars are prohibited to tourists, only residents can have cars. You can, however, move with a scooter, as electric scooters which are used by Boutemy to show a customer the available homes for sale.
The nearest airports are those of Nice and Marseille and of course, you can dock at Port Grimaud with your own boat if you take a Mediterranean cruise.
Buy or rent through your agency Boutemy
Whether you want to live or spend the holidays, Port Grimaud is the dream location, the real estate agency Boutemy, located at Place des Artisans for nearly 20 years now, will help you find the property that suits you best. Our efficient and attentive team will try by all means to make your dream a reality.
When you arrive in Grimaud, a small Provençal unusual village, there will be nothing like it. This friendly medieval city is as good as the most prestigious and less mundane destinations. But do not be fooled by it, diving into the picturesque does not mean boredom, just like having a good time in the countryside does not imply you are there only to pick daisies.
The appeal of such a city is obviously based on its land, thanks to the preservation of its cultural and architectural past. Therefore, this region has a strong tendency to fully use the great potential of exploitation it has in terms of ancestral culture, literature or musical projects (just to name a few). In this area, you will rarely witness so many opportunities gathered together to entertain you while educating you playfully at the same time.
Grimaud, is also exploring, through long excursions made around the surrounding landscapes and through historical tours organized within the village itself. Thus, you can visit the magnificent Roman Provençal church of Saint-Michel (late 12th Century, early 13th Century). Built in granite and limestone, it has undergone a few changes in its original architecture such as the building of the bell tower in the 16th century and that of the sacristy in the 18th century.
Bell tower of the Romanesque church Saint-Michel in Grimaud, 83310 Var
The streets of the village do not have names due to a local bye-law of 1958 that aimed at preserving the character of the old Provençal village. Thus, the Rue du Balladou (or the Balladou’s street) has its origins in an old term meaning ‘small ball’. The Grimaud museum of popular traditions and art sets to trace the rich history of these olden days when the water was scarce and toiling the ground was the main occupation of most locals. Indeed, it is through our ancestors’ objects and tools of everyday life that this era is unveiling to us around every corner, while wandering.
As to the castle which has a sublime view, it is an eminence above the plain which undoubtedly has been visited since ancient times. In the 11th century appears the word castrum (fortified habitat), but over the centuries and at the discretion of the many noble families that followed, the castle experienced many expansion work hence the beauty it retained in spite of time.
The Castle of Grimaud overlooks the Gulf of Saint-Tropez
But let us leave for a time this leap in the past to talk about what modernity as brought to this ravishing place.
The shops of Grimaud
Apart from the indispensable medical centers of all kinds, our food trade and spaces allocated to beauty or nutrition, Grimaud is gifted with numerous workshops: This ranges from the manufacturing of leather accessories and leather goods of all kinds, to embroidery on various supports (customization of clothing and toiletries), as well as the essential special event management with its photo agency for all occasions and so many other options for every need.
However, let us not neglect to make a detour round the co-op ‘Les vignerons de Grimaud’ (Grimaud’s winemakers) …because all that makes you thirsty, so a stop in the most important wine cellar of Var is unavoidable. This co-op counts 270 members whose farming stretches out to the very centre of the Gulf of St-Tropez, covering nearly 1000 acres of vineyards to farm. Therefore, for lack of water, let us drink with moderation but surely, a good quality vintage.
Renting in Grimaud
If this introduction left you mouth-watering and you would like to rent a studio, an apartment or a house in Grimaud, we invite you to contact us. Our team of professionals is at your disposal to help you find the rental of your dreams.
This house is available for rent at the Boutemy Immobilier agency
Note, however, we offer mainly short-term rentals, holiday rentals more than year-round ones. So, if you wish to spend a week in the medieval village of Port-Grimaud, our agency ‘Boutemy Immobilier’ (Boutemy real estate) located in 32 place des Artisans in Port Grimaud will find the opportunity that suits your need.
We have many high quality properties to show you. Indeed, the owners who entrusted us with the rental management of their property only enjoy a few weeks per year in it. They are therefore particularly solicitous over its good condition and decorated it with taste. This way, you will be able to spend a beautiful holiday in a pretty Provençal village and in a spectacularly pleasant location.
The real estate market in Grimaud and Port Grimaud is very dynamic. An estimated 1-3 % of the housing stocks are on sale at every moment, for an average price of €5,325 per meter square for an apartment and €6,248 per meter square for a villa in the village of Grimaud.
These prices are, of course purely indicative since many criteria can affect them such as the arrangement of the property, its exposure, its proximity to shops and schools and the presence of a garden and a swimming pool for example.
The most active real estate agency in the area
In a market as competitive as that of Port Grimaud, you need a team of seasoned advisers and experienced personnel able to sell your property at the rate and within the time limits that suit you.
At Boutemy, our team is composed of 4 agents, all specialists in real estate and our beautiful region. Some have always been working in the real estate market while others have studied in some of the most prestigious business schools in France.
As a consequence, we have all the skills one can expect from a great real estate agent: a thorough knowledge of Grimaud and our property, but also a large force of persuasion, negotiation and pugnacity.
From left to right: Gilles, Marion, Yael and Kim
We also often work with a very wealthy and very demanding clientele. This is why we devote significant attention to ensuring the strictest level of confidentiality and you are always welcome to the agency every day of the week, during the summer.
We indeed want to meet the needs of homebuyers who wish to find their dream property as quickly as possible without devoting many days to visits.
More than agents, apartment hunters
If you want to sell your property or are looking to buy a villa or apartment in Grimaud, we invite you to first get an idea of the properties for sale on the market on our website www.boutemy.net.
If you are a buyer, we hope you’ll find on the website the house of your dreams. Please go ahead and search according to your criteria of price and area.
If you can’t find exactly the property you want, you can contact us at 04 94 56 56 58. We can then arrange an appointment by phone or in person.
We will then do everything we can to find the « rare pearl »: we will canvas the village and contact our colleagues from the other agencies.
And if the property you are looking for is sold by one of these other agents, we will put you in touch. Thus, there is no need for you to go to several agencies trying to look for what you want. We just don’t want you to waste your time.
If you’re a seller, our website will allow you to establish a comparison with similar properties. However, since each property is unique, we will visit your house or apartment for a free estimate, entirely at our expense. We will then discuss the price and later display it at our agency and on our various media and on the internet.
Effective marketing and communication tools
A conveniently located agency and an appealing website aren’t enough to be the best sales agency in the village.
Therefore, in addition to our boutemy.net website, we have created the boutemy.co.uk site designed for foreign customers, as well as this blog (in French only) exclusively dedicated to real estate in Grimaud and Port Grimaud.
Our Boutemy-Blog blog covers local news of Port Grimaud and is read by hundreds of tourists each month and regularly brings us new customers. But that is not all! We have also created a Youtube Channel where you will find all our listings on video and we are active on social media sites as well.
We can therefore say that we are one the the top agencies in Grimaud with a lot of media coverage and mentions in social media.
In addition, we publish a quarterly magazine, Boutemy Mag which is widely distributed in the entire village. We put forward some of our best assets and this helps reinforce our image of active Realtors who are on the field all year long.
If you want to benefit from our network built over the last 20+ years and from the best publicity for your property, please be sure to contact us.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spending holidays in Grimaud, a dive in the ideal place for you. It’s the one place where you can get the ideal vacation, wake up in an environment of enchanted landscapes, mingling with spicy scents and reeks of the past, while taking enjoying and taking advantage to explore the most charming medieval village. A little too good to be true, you will think, yet some areas have so many beautiful sights and amazing scenes that we do not have enough time in one life to visit them all.
A holiday in a medieval Provincial village
Grimaud is part of a group of small privileged areas which are like paradise, where spending time in, is equal to bathing in a galaxy of delights in any good conscience, a dip in the well-being and the rest… but without neglecting that there are many activities to engage in, it gives the feeling of having fallen from the clouds straight from the blessed city of the gods. A place where there is a mix of relaxation and freedom, quiet and discovery, pleasure and entertainment.
This medieval city will bring you both happiness and will enchant you to stay, so much so you’ll have to discover activities and hobbies which will « exhaust but thrill » you if you try to experience them all. Both in terms of festivals as regards conferences, guided tours of the castle and the literary escapes, without forgetting the evening concerts or cabarets… which only a detailed program will be able to enumerate you properly.
Attractions and activities to do in Grimaud
Coming to the Musical Evenings of Grimaud, who, during the summer time, give way to the Grimaldines. Both fans in the city and those of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, without forgetting the visitors, everyone can discover through these recitals a plot of land of the village’s rustic heritage. The acoustics take place in very symbolic areas such as the Church of Saint-Michel , the Chapel of Notre-Dame de la Queste and the chapel of the Pénitents, whose doors are open wide by Abbot Peter Watts during these concerts.
Here is an overview of the program of the summer of 2016
Because of the sweet smells, during the day, you cannot fail to visit the weekly market of Port Grimaud. Here you will find all provincial products, both fruits and vegetables, but also regional products can be found sold by any well-respected and popular seller. In addition to awakening all your senses, your taste buds and your sense of smell, you would be greeted by the aroma of fish stalls and other sea products.
Salon des Peintres
For the most amazing sights, you can visit theSalon des peintres de Grimaud, which was also built to pay homage to Jacques Gatti, a former resident of thePlan de la Tour, the painter of watercolors and a picturesque enthusiast. If you would love to take advantage of a stroll, you can visit a small place called « Venise provençale », you would not be able to resist and you would fall in love with this lakeside city that attracts thousands of visitors every year along its canals.
But whatever your expectations in terms of accommodation, there are owners who would sacrifice a lotto make sure you a comfortable stay, even though it is obvious that there are a lot of opportunities the port offers. Be it homes, villas or a simple studio, the most important thingis to find a place where you would feel relaxed.
Go now to the Boutemy Immobilier website, number one specialist in the Port Grimaud area, you will definitely find exactly what you are looking for…have the vacation of your dreams and return with a head full of memories and a happy heart.
This article was first published on our real estate blog in French here.
Grimaud and Port Grimaud are part of the same municipality and share the same postal code: 83310 in the Var, on the Côte d’Azur. In reality, Grimaud, the lakeside city, is a co-ownership managed in a private way (but open to the public) at the foot of the provincial village of Grimaud.
The history of the hilltop village of Grimaud
Grimaud, as Port Grimaud share a common problem: the water.
Port Grimaud is as much as the waterfront, as Grimaud, this ancient village is perched. There had always been this lack of water and the bridge which was poetically named ‘ Le Pont des fées’ is the trademark of the works which have been constructed by the inhabitants to counter this lack of water.
Overview of the Le Pont des fees and the castle of Grimaud
This is what is called a water bridge, i.e. it is a system which is based on the principle of communicating vessels where the height of the hill behind is the same height as that of the village a little further away.
The challenge given to the men in the 16th century was to create a link from the top of the Hill to the village to get drinking water. It was the goal of the Pont des fées, a wonderful place that served simply to pass this line above a stream called La Garde.
The general problem with the Massif des Maures is that it is a crystalline solid. It has no limestone and it was very necessary to import limestone to construct buildings.
In fact 500 years ago, the poorest people built only their homes with Earth and stones. On the other hand, because of the Pont des fees constructing buildings such as the Castle or church, it was possible to import limestone. This was very expensive and the inhabitants, who have spent some sums of money to build this magnificent monument with stone and lime, realized the importance of water to the village. But because the pressure of the water coming in there was an important and imperative need to protect the pipeline from exploding.
Grimaud, the largest village of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez until the 18th century
Grimaud Castle is not only a strategic place. It is also the symbol of the power of a village which influence extends to the Gulf up till the 17th century, and it was in the middle of the 20th that Grimaud would be out staged by another golf village: the famous Saint-Tropez.
It is not well known that at that time, the Gulf of Saint-Tropez was called the Gulf of Grimaud.
This explains everything simply because Grimaud, was the most important village of the Freinet. The Freinet is what is now called the Saint-Tropez peninsula. Saint-Tropez, as other villages, was much more modest. There was roughly a quarter of the population and as that of Grimaud, a result the village that gave its name to the Gulf, which is Grimaud.
The village of Saint-Tropez existed in the middle age but in the 14th-century plague, wars and famines made the village disappear just like other villages elsewhere. In the 15th century, the Lord of Grimaud Jean de Cossa realized that this part of the unoccupied peninsula was subject to all sorts of probable invasions and therefore decided to ask Genoese families to repopulate this part of the Gulf to defend the entire coastline.
Grimaud tourist circuit
Grimaud tourist circuit
If you spend a holiday in Grimaud, you’ll find at the Tourist Office, located 679 Route Nationale, as well as from many traders, a brochure presenting the main elements of our heritage to admire during your holiday. It is also available for free download here.
The proposed circuit lasts for approximately one hour. From the Saint-Michel’s Church, take Balladou Street and arrive at the Grimaud Castle, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. Then take Baou Street and stop at the Chapelle des Pénitents. During the tour, you pass by the la rue de la Pompe et le Passage du Crois. You can learn more about the history of the village from the Musée municipal des Arts et Traditions Populaires.
Finally, discover Place Neuve, place Vieille, rue des Templiers and your visit ends at the place du Cros.
Place du Cros, typical South of France square. Copyright Themali
You can stroll, during your leisure time, in the village and if you want to refresh yourself and discover Port Grimaud, you can jump on the little train which leaves from Place Neuve in Grimaud to reach the main entrance of Port Grimaud, North of the lakeside city. The train runs every day from April to October.
The real estate market in Grimaud
Grimaud is one of the most sought-after villages for summer holidays, by the French as well as people from other European countries. This is due to its privileged geographical position between big blue and the beautiful massif des Maures. And of course, its proximity to Saint Tropez which is still as popular and the international jet set also plays an essential role in attracting tourists.
The Allovoyages website published, in July 2014, a study of the most popular resorts and the most expensive ones. The first 4 places were occupied by resorts of the Côte d’Azur: Saint-Tropez was ahead with a minimum of €221 for a two room apartment in a star 3 stars resort. Not far behind, in fourth place, Port Grimaud, the area right by the sea in the village of Grimaud showed a price of € 168.
With such rates, taking a vacation in Grimaud for the week, renting or buying a pied-a-terre for those who have the means can become interesting.
Of course, the rental prices and the per square meterpurchase prices reflect the popularity of Port Grimaud, but if you want to stay regularly in Grimaud or spend just one week a year, vacation rentals and purchase opportunities that are offered to you are very interesting.
If you want to rent a house or apartment, we invite you to contact our agency directly at 04 94 56 56 58 and consult our regularly updated website.
In regards to the purchase of an apartment or house in the village of Grimaud, our offers are mainly in Port Grimaud, but sometimes we have some exceptions in Grimaud. They rarely remain on sale for long and sometimes barely even make it to our website. Most of the times, when a homeowner says they want to sell off their property, our first step is to contact potential buyers whom we are in contact and to give them the scoop of the information.
Therefore, here too we invite you to contact one of our 4 Realtors. If we cannot find the property you are looking for today, we will make it you a priority when we have any available apartment that suits you and give you the information first, even before advertising on the internet.
In 2015, we were able to offer 4 magnificent landscapes in Grimaud which were quickly sold, and on which, the buyers were able to build their dream home.
If you’ve ever stayed in Port Grimaud, you’ve certainly realized that becoming an owner yourself of a beautiful property in this lakeside city is a unique and rare investing opportunity as it is such a coveted area.
Not only do you have a variety of choices from the listed properties, but you have a lot of possibilities as regards choice, quality, and uniqueness of all kinds. This is a heavenly place with an undeniable tourist attraction.
Port Grimaud is not only known as the “Venise Provençale”, but it is a charming and ideal city who’s received XXth century heritage status (a French label). It is also an organized complex where any professional can practice in any field they desire.
Housed at the bottom of the gulf of Saint-Tropez, it geographical location is a major asset to its inhabitants, thanks to its quick access to other areas and its countless number of tourist destinations nearby. It is also an unrivaled architectural ensemble, a universe on its own protected by its privileged lifestyle.
Port Grimaud possesses the peculiarity to be organized into private condominiums, which are solely responsible for its maintenance and preservation. Despite being a private space, the heart of the city opens up to visitors, who are always welcome to come to discover the city for themselves, but they would have to come on foot to maintain the peace and tranquility in the city at all times. These regulations have been out in place to maintain the unique quality of life in our community.
Our agency, which has been operating for almost two decades in Port Grimaud has a wide panel of properties to offer for rent or for sale, on one hand, les balandrines, hunières, ostales, suburban houses, borderives, portals and fishermen’s houses (read this article for more information on these local houses) and on the other hand apartments of all shapes, sizes, and styles.
The lovely color palette of South of France houses
Buy a house or apartment in Pot Grimaud
Generally, smaller-sized apartments are as much in demand as houses because, like the latter, they often have a major asset, their own mooring. In your own apartment, you get a similar feeling of luxury and security similar security. This being said the smaller sized apartments have an advantage of being more affordable.
To give you an idea of what we offer, our homes are sold at about a million Euros, while you can get a beautiful and sophisticated apartment with 2 to 3 bedrooms at prices which range from 400,000 to 500,000 Euros. “Les Clés du Midi » publishes each year in June the rates of real estate property in Port Grimaud on its website.
Whatever your choice, depending on your budget or on how you want to use your property, you will definitely find happiness in Port Grimaud. Our properties come in various sizes and layouts to please all types of future owners. If you are an investor and you plan on buying an renting out, you are assured of a good return on investment.
Buying a property in Port Grimaud allows you to spend wonderful vacation on the French Riviera while making a good financial investment
Sell a house or apartment in Port Grimaud
Just as you were motivated by numerous reasons for the purchase of your property, selling it will hardly be a problem as this region is very appreciated. No need to revisit the reasons that may have guided you to your choice since they are likely the same which would seduce any future buyer looking for real estate property in Port Grimaud. Your preferences or needs can change with time, the city will remain well entrenched in its achievements and the many benefits it offers.
Whatever the nature of your real estate project, the agency Boutemy Immobilier is here to respond to all of your inquiries, help you find what you are looking for and sell your property. Our agency, member of the FNAIM (real estate label that ensures quality of service) is at your service. Our email is email@example.com or you can contact us by phone at 04 94 56 56 58 Monday through Saturday.
In the meantime, we invite you to check out our real estate portfolio.
Exactly half a century ago, the State issued the building permit for the construction of the lakeside city.
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.
1962: François Spoerry has just acquired 35 acres. He is at the eve of his crazy dream.
As incredible as it may seem, the Great bridge was built on… dry land, just a few hundred meters away from the nearest canal!
1967: the first 14 houses are completed. 125 000 francs for a « Fisherman’s house »
François Spoerry with Brigitte Bardot at the very beginning of the construction
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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It is the work, like our seaside town, of architect François Spoerry, who was laid to rest there.
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.
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.
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.
25 stained gass windows by Victor Vasarely: from dawn to dusk
The stained glass windows were designed by French-Hungarian artist, Victor Vasarely.
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.
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.
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.
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 : 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Copyright Niklas Morberg
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.
Copyright Herry Lawford
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.
Copyright Chris Robinson
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.
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.
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, 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Copyright Alain Poder
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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 !
If you are traveling to Port Grimaud or to France for the first time, here a few tips for your visit.
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”).
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.
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.
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 estate innovates once again this year and has not finished to surprise you !
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.
Boutemy Immobilier Real Estate has provided in thousands of media supports an international press release last week. Here is a summary for your eyes only.
Port Grimaud : a French getaway like no other
Known as the “French Venice,” this private lakeside village in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez features waterways and boat moorings in front of every house.
Grimaud, France – Port Grimaud is one of Europe’s little known treasures.
A charming lakeside town located in the heart of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez in southeast France, Port Grimaud is known as the “French Venice.” It offers waterways and canals throughout the town, and every homeowner can moor a boat in front his or her house.
A private village facing the sea, Port Grimaud features colorful facades, town markets, Roman tiles and small streets with fantastic plots as well as the shops and conveniences of a modern city.
“It is a magical place where people can feel and experience the unique atmosphere of a French village and its scenic waterways,” said Marc Giordano, CFO of Boutemy Immobilier Real Estate, which offers apartment and houses rentals and sales in Port Grimaud. “It is a dream vacation on the French Riviera”.
“We would love to help people from all over the world to come and discover this amazing vacation spot. At least once in their lifetime everyone should enjoy this type of house-with-mooring experience. Port Grimaud is a safe and peaceful city for people who are looking to combine tranquility and wonder during their vacation.”
Boutemy Immobilier Real Estate provides rentals for about 60 French Riviera houses and apartments in Port Grimaud as well as sales of more than 60 local properties. In an effort to let more people know about this unique vacation getaway, the agency is offering a number of discounts through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.
“The goal of this crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo is to enable us to subsequently launch an internationally ambitious communication campaign to try to make known Port Grimaud worldwide”, said Marc Giordano.
For example, a donation of 50 Euros (about $63) is good for a 10 percent discount on a boat rental in Port Grimaud. For 150 Euros ($188), you’ll receive a free apartment or house cleaning plus the 10 percent boat discount.
A €200 (about $250) contribution is rewarded with a 5 percent discount on a one-week house or apartment rental in Port Grimaud and the 10 percent boat rental discount.
A €500 (about $625) contribution is rewarded with a 10 percent discount on a one-week house or apartment rental in Port Grimaud and the 10 percent boat rental discount.
“This is a great opportunity for people to save some money on a great vacation and discover something totally different,” Marc Giordano said. “If you’re looking for an apartment or house on the French Riviera, this is the place to be for your next vacation.”
News of the Gulf of Saint Tropez deal also with solidarity shown by many people around families in need. We also want to share this solidarity by taking the example of the Association « Je cours pour Lilian » (« I Run for Lilian »).
The Non-Profit Association « Je cours pour Lilian »(I Run for Lilian) was created in November 2013 by people close to Lilian, in the town of Cogolin, France, near Saint Tropez.
Lilian is a little smiling boy with mischievous sparkling eyes. He just wants to enjoy life and be able to run and play with his friends and cousins.
He was born May 24, 2012 with a complete bilateral cleft lip and palate, severe plagiocephaly and congenital legs folded on his stomach torticollis.
Thereafter, he was diagnosed with, in addition, central sleep apnea and an overly narrow occipitocervical junction with risk of compression of the spinal cord.
Since his birth his parents struggle to give him the best care but everything has a price. As time passes, the risk of psychomotor delay for Lilian increase.
Lilian’s mother and two of her friends are fans of running. Pushed by people around them they decided to create the Association to try to take care of (at least part of) Lilian’s medical expenses.
The name of the Association was created according to the following idea : « Instead of running for us, why not run for Lilian ? »
Above all, Association’s will is to do everything they can for Lilian so he can RUN one day.
The Association is committed since November 2013 to help Lilian’s family and give a long-term help to other children with same diseases.
Today, there are many structures to separately deal with various Lilian’s diseases but very few structures deal with all diseases at the same time and unfortunately they do not have the right answers for Lilian and other children with same diseases.
The whole small village of Cogolin in France has mobilized for Lilian and some surrounding communities did so (Port Grimaud, Grimaud, Gassin, la Môle and many other towns), but now the Association needs your help so Lilian’s disease can be known worldwide and globally shared with other countries.
The Association needs to raise as soon as possible about $ 15.065 to allow Lilian to follow emergency care in Barcelona, the only European center adapted to this kind of disease. This neuro-rehabilitation program in Barcelona is called « Essentis Program ».
You can visit Essentis official webpage to understand the kind of care children like Lilian are following in this center (see http://www.metodoessentis.com/info.php?sec=142&idioma=en) but you have to know that, during the sessions, the patient goes through various workshops in which posture, disability and symptoms are evaluated by different members of Essentis’ team (osteopaths, acupuncturists, Physiotherapists …) to develop a personalized program adapted to children’s needs.
Different therapists work in coordination within the center and the team of Dr. Nazarov (myiotenofaciectomie), that of Dr. Lao (geneticist) and Dr. Cori Lopez (neurologist), Windoor (Empuriabrava), which enables a rapid response to the needs of daily patient.
The Essentis patient approach is holistic, meaning it is considered in its entirety.
Essentis is the only program that is known which is able to treat all the symptoms of the disease at the same time.
The Association would also need SPLINTS, SPECIAL SHOES, and a GATEADOR, a support allowing children with this disease to walk with 4 legs almost alone.
Boutemy Real Estate supports « Je cours pour Lilian » Association and has recently invested to launch an international crowdfunding campaign via the world famous US website « Indiegogo ».
You want to support this initiative by making a donation ? Simply go to the Indiegogo page by clicking on the following link, and drop the amount you want or simply make a comment of support (which will help ensure that the campaign could remain well ranked among 7000 other ongoing campaigns on the website) : https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/i-run-for-lilian/x/8601164
If you are a journalist : an article or a news story in your media support about this campaign would be most welcome.
We hope this campaign will meet with a success in order to achieve the target set for Lilian and Association. If the expected amount is exceeded, other children may be able to benefit from similar treatment.