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Les galeries d’exposition et les ateliers d’œuvres d’Art de Grimaud

Les galeries d’Art ayant déposé leurs ateliers sur Grimaud sont au nombre de 10, preuve s’il en est que la majesté de cette cité médiévale est propice à l’inspiration. Si elles y ont élu domicile c’est aussi que les lieux sont inévitables à tout amateur qui se respecte. Chaque visite sur la Côte d’Azur devrait être ponctuée par un passage en ces lieux atypiques, chargés d’histoire et au charme incomparable. On dit d’ailleurs que Grimaud est un village d’Art qui ne se raconte pas mais se visite. La porte des Galeries est ouverte aux visiteurs d’avril à octobre… ne manquez surtout pas le rendez-vous !

Atelier d’Art Geca

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Plutôt que de vous faire l’article de l’exposition permanente à Grimaud de Georges Cabot, nous allons vous conter une fort belle épopée. Ses peintures à l’huile de toutes inspirations n’ont d’égal que la notoriété établie par l’artiste bien au-delà de nos frontières. C’est ainsi que du 1er janvier au 31 décembre ses œuvres trônent en bonne place sur Rochefort mais également à Londres, en Louisiane et à Carmel en Californie. Mais nous retiendrons surtout que la Chine a eu l’excellente idée de le convier au Salon d’Art Canton. Celui de 2013 a remporté un franc succès, tous les médias s’étant confondus en admiration, le grand honneur lui fut rendu de participer en 2014 à « The 19th Guangzhou International Art Fair ».

Nous avons récemment participé au vernissage de Printemps de l’Atelier d’Art Geca. Nous vous invitons à revivre cet événement ici.

Galerie d’Art et d’Antiquités Artagra

Oeuvre en vente à la galerie Artagra

Oeuvre en vente à la galerie Artagra

Nichée en plein cœur du bourg, sur les hauteurs surplombant la baie de Saint-Tropez, cette perle de la région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur ne manquera pas de vous surprendre. Son choix n’a de cesse de se renouveler, qu’il s’agisse de meubles et d’objets d’art, sans oublier la qualité de ses tableaux. Un ensemble harmonieux qui a de quoi ravir les plus sceptiques. Bernard Lezoray vous invite à faire connaissance avec son univers, par une notion inégalée de l’élégance, une approche du beau affirmée et un goût ancré pour les antiquités.
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La Galerie Francis Chapus

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Voici 12 ans que Francis Chapus, qui dans sa vie d’avant était architecte, expose ses œuvres d’Art. Lovée dans une ruelle aux pieds du château, sa galerie regorge de peintures à l’huile de toute beauté. Son inspiration l’artiste-peintre la tire de ses voyages en pays mauresques, plus précisément d’Egypte, du Maroc et de son existence hivernale à Venise… Ses motivations quant à elles sont des plus nobles qui soient « Je peins parce que j’en ai envie ! » a-t-il confié. Son espace d’exposition, où trônent pas moins d’une quarantaine de toiles en permanence, est disposé dans une vieille maison toute en pierre. Les amateurs qui l’ont visité sont ébahis par tant de force, mariée à une sensualité à fleur de peau.
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Rêve de voile

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C’est un lieu que vous aurez grand plaisir à découvrir ! Toute l’astuce de cette exposition, que vous délivre avec grâce Stéphane Couchie, réside dans le fait que les objets mis en vente sont réalisés en voile recyclée. Sans trop vous dévoiler de détails, il s’agit d’une galerie photo “de voiles et de reflets”.

Terre de Sienne

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Cette galerie met en œuvre les sculptures et céramiques d’une artiste quelque peu hors du commun. C’est en toute simplicité que Sonia Holzeitner propose de vous initier à son Art, en proposant des cours de modelage pour adultes et enfants. Une bien agréable façon d’entrer en contact direct avec la sculpture en terre cuite patinée, sous l’œil avisé du Maître !

Atelier d’Art Peter Thumm 

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C’est dans un cadre idyllique à souhait que se situe le domaine privilégié de l’artiste, encadré par les collines de Grimaud et dominé par son château. Vous pourrez y admirer des peintures sur toile, céramiques et sculptures.
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Galerie Paul Janssen

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Cette sublime galerie présente divers styles d’Art : Pop Art – Photographie – Cobra – Art contemporain.
Nous avons un immense coup de coeur pour les photographies de Nick Brandt.
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La Galerie du cygne expose peintures et dessins, suivant le courant artistique du moment et les œuvres qui lui sont confiées.

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La Galerie des Arcades propose à la vente des tableaux et sculptures, un bien bel endroit qui mérite le détour.

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La Galerie Laurent Boyrie est une exposition de sculptures et de tableaux, qui vous propose ensemble des bijoux d’artistes.

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Nous vous souhaitons une visite des plus enrichissantes, dans un lieu enchanteur où la magie opère chaque jour de l’année.

Grimaud c’est le charme provençal adoubé d’un panorama à vous couper le souffle

Considéré comme l’un des plus anciens du Massif des Maures, le village de Grimaud a gardé toute son authenticité et n’a rien perdu de son charme désuet. S’y rejoignent toutes les cartes postales de la Provence que recherchent avec tant d’entrain les nombreux vacanciers qui nous font l’honneur de leur visite chaque été.

Cet havre de paix, qui surplombe un panorama des plus remarquables, se situe à quelque 5 kilomètres des plages de sable chaud où se baigner en toute aise dans une mer bleu azur.

Mais Grimaud c’est avant tout son château médiéval, un moulin parfaitement conservé et ses vieilles bâtisses. Une étape incontournable donc, pour qui souhaite s’imprégner des délices du Golfe de Saint-Tropez. Le vieux village est en lui seul un joyau à découvrir avec ses maisons aux façades fleurissantes, ses ruelles pavées atypiques, son marché en plein air, ses placettes et arcades. Une petite commune du Var certes, mais qui domine par sa générosité ancestrale et sa beauté à l’état pur.

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Si vous vous rendez à Grimaud, nous vous invitons de découvrir son patrimoine au gré de promenades accessibles à tous :

Le Château de Grimaud  qui surplombe le village est le témoin et garant de l’histoire du village. C’est un bijou datant du XIème siècle. Les historiens racontent qu’il serait devenu, à compter du XIIème siècle, un moyen de défense. En se basant sur la date de construction des remparts, et compte tenu du bon état de conservation de la majeure partie encore debout, ce fait est assez exceptionnel sur la région pour le souligner. Classé monument historique depuis 1928, des travaux de sécurisation et de conservation de ce patrimoine ont été engagés dans les années 90.

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Le château offre une vue imprenable sur tout le Golfe de Saint Tropez et bien évidemment sur le village. De la mi-juillet à la mi-août il accueille en son enceinte le festival des Grimaldines. C’est au son de musiques du monde que résonne la cité médiévale, des concerts de rue aux bals et autres traditions populaires…

L’église Saint-Michel pour sa part est restée nichée au cœur même du vieux village. Cet édifice architectural remarquable, fait de granit et de calcaire datant du second âge roman provençal, étonne de par la majesté qui s’en dégage. Une mobilisation des plus impressionnantes d’hommes et de bétail fut nécessaire pour procéder au transport des matériaux. Sa robustesse tient à l’épaisseur de ses murs, apportant au bâtiment un gage de longévité sans commune mesure. La singularité de son aspect réside dans un cadran solaire, déposé comme par magie à même la façade sud par laquelle la lumière filtre des vitraux.

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Les chapelles quant à elles sont plusieurs à être abritées par la commune de Grimaud. Disséminées aux alentours et au cœur même du village. On peut notamment visiter celle de Notre-Dame de la Queste qui, toujours selon les historiens, serait fréquentée assidument depuis les derniers âges du XIème siècle. Tout autour s’est créé un petit parc, qui regorge d’arbres bicentenaires majestueux qu’une source vient égayer. La légende veut qu’elle guérisse, selon les croyances, des maladies de peau et des yeux. La Chapelle des Pénitents et celle de Saint Roch sont logées au village et se parent de splendides peintures.

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La chapelle Notre Dame de la Queste

Le musée municipal des arts et traditions populaires est « situé dans un ancien moulin à huile et dans une ancienne bouchonnerie. Il vous invite à la découverte de l’histoire locale du village grâce aux objets liés aux activités de la vie quotidienne (outils, costumes, objets de maison). La visite d’un appartement paysan du XIXe siècle, avec sa grange, sa pièce commune et sa chambre, vous plonge dans une époque bien différente de la nôtre ».
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Artistic and cultural events in Grimaud

Art and culture are always honored in Grimaud and most often at prices accessible to all.

If you are passing through our charming Provencal village for a weekend or for a week, here are some ideas for outings.

Les Dimanches de la Scène

So named by the team of the “Petit Théâtre de Beausoleil,” this theater festival allows the public to enjoy quality performances. Every second Sunday of the month, regional troupes joyfully mix scenes from living art in a convivial but nevertheless well-written way.

These plays in French will please everyone: the young and the old, families and friends.  “Les Dimanches de la Scène” (Stage Sundays) also offer school events in the form of competitions subject to the sharp eye of professional jurors.

“Carnage au mariage” was performed on April 8th by the Charivari Troupe. On May 27th and 28th, you can discover and support the shows offered by different troupes of the Var school system on stage during the “Temps des Partages.” Entry is free, but reservation is mandatory at tempsdespartages@gmail.com.

The summer season takes place under the starlit sunlamps of the open-air theater of the famous Château de Grimaud.

Musical Evenings in Grimaud

Programmation des Grimaldines 2017

One of the most famous animations happens to be the festival of “Grimaldines.” These festivities take place every Tuesday, and this year they will start on July 11th, 2017 and end on August 8th. This is the opportunity for the Château de Grimaud to open its doors to the world of the night, for these evenings during which the medieval city resonates with the sound of world music.

Street concerts, entertainment, and festival dances are organized. Prestigious headliners are invited, such as Yuri Buenaventura in 2009.

For its 15th year, the lakeside town of Port Grimaud decided to strike hard again:  on Tuesday, July 11th, you will be able to applaud China Moses, and then Lucky Peterson on July 18th, and finally the great Gérard de Palmas, who will close the month on July 25th. In August, it is Flavia Coelho who will set crowds on fire on the 1st and 8th of August the famous Ben Uncle Soul will finish off the season.

Free Castle Visit

The castle of Grimaud on top of its hill

Once a month, free excursions are organized to allow you to experience this cultural heritage, a medieval castle dating from the 11th century.

You will learn that historians agree in describing it as a means of defense, that dates from the construction of its ramparts in the 13th century. Unusual fact for castles in the region:  much has remained untouched and intact.

As a guarantor of the village’s memory, the castle was declared a historical monument in 1928.

In 1990, work was undertaken to secure and preserve the site. For all that, it offers you an unobstructed view of the village and of the entire gulf of Saint-Tropez. It is within this château, let’s not forget, that the fabulous “Grimaldine” festival is organized.

Free Visit to La Chapelle Notre Dame de la Queste

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Notre Dame de la Queste

As with the free visits to the castle, you are also offered free visits to the Chapelle de Saint-Roch and the Chapelle des Pénitents, both of which contain fabulous paintings. But let us return to La Queste, which, according to historians, has been frequented since the end of the 11th century. A small park encircles it poetically, where majestic trees, whose memory dates back to 200 years, are plentiful.

Its reputation is partly due to its source which, according to the legend, can cure diseases of skin and eyes. You can then follow the tourist circuit proposed by the tourist office, and discover the village for a walk that lasts about an hour.

We hope to meet you soon in the streets of Grimaud!

Les événements artistiques et culturels de Grimaud

L’art et la culture sont toujours à l’honneur à Grimaud et le plus souvent à des tarifs accessibles à tous.
Si vous êtes de passage dans notre charmant village provençal pour un week-end ou une semaine, voici quelques idées de sorties.

Les Dimanches de la Scène

Ainsi nommé par l’équipe du « Petit Théâtre de Beausoleil« , le festival de Théâtre permet à tous les publics de découvrir des spectacles de qualité. Chaque second dimanche du mois, les troupes régionales mélangent joyeusement des scènes issues de l’art vivant, de façon conviviale mais à l’écriture néanmoins soignée.
Ainsi grands et petits, en famille ou entre amis, c’est en toute décontraction que vous sont offertes des pièces jouées en français.
« Les dimanches de la scène » proposent également des rencontres scolaires, sous forme de concours soumis aux regards aiguisés de jurés professionnels.

Vous avez pu voir « Carnage au mariage » le 8 avril par la Troupe Charivari. Les 27 et 28 mai prochains, venez découvrir et encourager les spectacles proposés par différentes troupes de groupe scolaire du Var sur la scène lors du « Temps des Partages ». L’entrée est gratuite mais la réservation obligatoire à tempsdespartages@gmail.com

La saison estivale pour sa part prend ses quartiers sous les sunlights étoilés du théâtre de verdure du célèbre Château de Grimaud. 

Les soirées musicales de Grimaud

Programmation des Grimaldines 2017

L’une des plus célèbres animations se trouve être le festival des « Grimaldines ». Festivités qui ont lieu chaque mardi, cette année elles débuteront au 11 juillet 2017 et se termineront le 8 août. C’est l’occasion pour le château de Grimaud d’ouvrir ses portes au monde de la nuit, pour ces soirées durant lesquelles la cité médiévale résonne au son des musiques du monde.

Sont organisés des concerts de rue, des animations et des bals populaires. Les têtes d’affiches prestigieuses y sont conviées, tel que Yuri Buenaventura en 2009.
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ème édition, la cité lacustre de Port Grimaud a de nouveau décidé de frapper fort : Dès le mardi 11 juillet vous pourrez applaudir China Moses, puis Lucky Peterson le 18 juillet et enfin le grand Gérard de Palmas, qui viendra clôturer le mois le 25 juillet. En août c’est Flavia Coelho qui enflammera la scène le 1er et le 8 août, le célèbre Ben l’oncle Soul terminera la saison.

La Visite gratuite du château

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Une fois par mois sont organisées gracieusement des excursions pour partir à la rencontre de ce patrimoine culturel, un château médiéval qui date du XIème siècle.
On vous expliquera que les historiens s’accordent à le décrire comme un moyen de défense, datant de la construction de ses remparts au XIIIème siècle. Fait assez exceptionnel dans la région, une grande partie est demeurée intacte.
En ses qualités de garant de la mémoire du village, le château fut classé monument historique en 1928.
En 1990 ont été engagés des travaux de sécurisation et de conservation du site. Pour autant c’est une vue imprenable sur le village en lui-même et sur tout le golfe de Saint-Tropez qui vous est offerte. C’est en son sein rappelons-le que sont organisées les fabuleuses « Grimaldines ».

La Visite gratuite de La Chapelle Notre Dame de la Queste

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Notre Dame de la Queste

Comme au château des visites gratuites vous y sont proposées mais également pour la Chapelle de Saint-Roch et la Chapelle des Pénitents, qui toutes deux abritent des peintures fabuleuses. Mais revenons-en à celle de la Queste, qui toujours selon les historiens est fréquentée depuis fin du XIème siècle. Un petit parc l’encercle poétiquement, où foisonnent des arbres majestueux dont la mémoire remonte à dans les 200 ans.
Sa réputation est en partie due à sa source qui, selon la légende veut qu’elle guérisse les maladies de peau et des yeux. Vous pourrez en profiter pour emprunter le circuit touristique, proposée par l’office du tourisme, histoire de découvrir le village pour une promenade d’une heure environ.

Nous espérons vous croiser très bientôt dans les rues de Grimaud !

Springtime Opening Exhibition of the Geca Gallery

Grimaud is a land of culture and art, and it was with great pleasure that we attended last Friday the springtime exhibition of the Geca gallery, the den of the painter Georges Cabot.

On April 7, 2017, musical event and meeting with the artists during the Springtime Opening Exhibition of the Geca Gallery

On April 7, 2017, musical event and meeting with the artists during the Springtime Opening Exhibition of the Geca Gallery

Georges Cabot, also known by his artist name, Geca, painted with knife and acrylic superb colorful canvases of which the preferred subject is nature (snow and sea landscapes). He also presented us with magnificent abstract portraits and scenes from local life (Saint-Tropez, Provencal markets, The Girl and the Cat).

Mer Bleue by Geca (100cm x 100cm)

Mer Bleue by Geca (100cm x 100cm)

We discussed with him his art, his creative process, and the artists in his entourage.

Georges Cabot does not only exhibit his works at the Geca gallery. He also features talented painters, sculptors, and photographers. We were taken with Toffy’s mobiles, graceful sculptures that dance in the breeze and are not unlike Calder’s famous mobiles, as well as with the playful and colorful creations, and often romantic, of the painter Pierfranco Cerutti.

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Toffy’s mobiles

Over a glass of rosé or a glass of champagne and a generous buffet, we were able to chat with the artists and spend time with our trader and artisan friends of Grimaud and Port Grimaud and with all the art lovers from the area, as well as those who came from far away to share this evening with us.

Big thumbs up to Pierfranco Cerutti

Big thumbs up to Pierfranco Cerutti

Some of you were also there for the spring break, and it was against a backdrop of soft and enchanting music that we all had a very lovely evening at the Geca Gallery.

The gallery is open all year and we strongly encourage you to stop by your stay in Grimaud.

Website:  http://www.atelier-geca.com/

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/artiste.geca/

Vernissage de Printemps de la galerie Geca

Grimaud est une terre de culture et d’art et c’est avec grand plaisir que nous avons assisté vendredi dernier au vernissage de Printemps de la galerie Geca, antre du peintre Georges Cabot.

Le 7 avril 2017, soirée musicale et rencontre avec les artistes lors du vernissage de Printemps de l'atelier Geca

Le 7 avril 2017, soirée musicale et rencontre avec les artistes lors du vernissage de Printemps de l’atelier Geca

Georges Cabot, de son nom d’artiste Geca peint au couteau et à l’acrylique de superbes toiles colorées dont le sujet de prédilection est la nature (la neige, les paysages maritimes). Il nous a également présenté de magnifiques portraits abstraits ainsi que des scènes de la vie locale (Saint-Tropez, les marchés provençaux, La fille et le chat).

Mer Bleue de Geca (100cm x 100cm)

Mer Bleue de Geca (100cm x 100cm)

Nous discuté avec lui de son art, de son processus créatif et des artistes qui l’entourent.

Car Georges Cabot n’expose pas uniquement ses oeuvres à la galerie Geca. Il laisse également la part belle à des peintres, sculpteurs et photographes de talent. Nous avons eu un coup de coeur pour les mobiles de Toffy, ces sculptures graciles qui dansent dans la brise et ne sont pas sans rappeler les célèbres mobiles de Calder et pour les créations ludiques et colorées, souvent romantiques du peintre Pierfranco Cerutti.

Mobiles de Toffy

Mobiles de Toffy

Autour d’un verre de rosé ou d’une coupe de champagne et d’un généreux buffet, nous avons pu parler avec les artistes et passer du temps avec nos amis commerçants et artisans de Grimaud et Port Grimaud et tous les amoureux de l’art du coin ou de plus loin venus pour partager cette soirée.

Certains d’entre vous étaient également là pour les vacances de Printemps et c’est sur fond de musique douce et envoutante que nous avons tous passé une très agréable soirée à la galerie Geca.

Coup de coeur pour l'artiste Pierfranco Cerutti

Coup de coeur pour l’artiste Pierfranco Cerutti

La galerie est ouverte toute l’année et nous vous encourageons vivement à y faire un tour lors de votre séjour grimaudois.

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Les transports en commun à Port Grimaud

Si vous ne possédez pas de voiture ou de bateau pour vos déplacements autour de Port Grimaud, voici les transports en commun que vous pourrez emprunter pour circuler dans la région :

La Ligne de Bus 7202 entre Cogolin et les Arcs

Au départ de Cogolin, cette ligne dessert Cogolin, Grimaud Village, la Garde Freinet, le Cannet, Vidauban et les Arcs.

Au départ des Arcs, cette ligne dessert les Arcs, Vidauban, le Cannet, la Garde Freinet, Grimaud, Cogolin et Sainte Maxime.

3 bus circulent dans chaque sens chaque jour. Cette ligne fonctionne uniquement les vendredi, samedi, dimanche et jours fériés. Il n’y a pas de service les autres jours de la semaine. Seulement, en période estivale, soit du 5-6 juillet au 31 août, les services fonctionnement régulièrement du lundi au dimanche et jours fériés.

Horaires de la ligne 7202.

La ligne de Bus 7601 entre Saint-Tropez et Saint-Raphaël

Cette ligne dessert Saint-Tropez, Gassin, Cogolin, Grimaud, Sainte-Maxime, Roquebrune, Fréjus et Saint-Raphaël.

Cette ligne fonctionne tous les jours de la semaine y compris les jours fériés mais entre le 2 avril et le 30 octobre 2016, elle ne marche que dans le sens retour (de Saint-Raphaël vers Saint-Tropez) uniquement.

Horaires de la ligne 7601.

La ligne de bus 7701 entre la Garde Freinet et Saint-Tropez

Cette ligne dessert la Garde Freinet, Grimaud, Cogolin, Gassin et Saint-Tropez.

Elle fonctionne du lundi au samedi. Pas de service le dimanche et les jours fériés. Cette ligne fonctionne tous les jours de la semaine y compris les jours fériés mais entre le 2 avril et le 30 octobre 2016, elle ne marche que dans le sens retour (de Saint-Tropez vers la Garde Freinet) uniquement.

Horaires de la ligne 7701.

La ligne de bus 7702 entre Cavalaire et Saint-Raphaël

Cette ligne dessert Cavalaire, la Croix Valmer, Gassin, Cogolin, Grimaud, Sainte-Maxime, Roquebrune, Fréjus et Saint-Raphaël.

Cette ligne fonctionne tous les jours y compris les jours fériés.

Horaires de la ligne 7702.

Pour toutes les lignes citées ci-dessus, le tarif à l’unité est de 3€ par trajet ou 5€ si vous faites l’aller-retour dans la journée.

Le Petit Train de Grimaud

Le petit train relie Grimaud à Port Grimaud

Un petit train relie le village de Grimaud et Port Grimaud pendant l’été (du 2 avril 2016 au 14 octobre 2016). Le trajet dure environ 50 minutes.
Le voyage découverte vous fera visiter l’un des plus anciens villages du Massif des Maures, son Château, l’église Romane Provençale Saint-Michel, la Chapelle Saint-Roch, le Musée des Arts et Traditions, le Moulin, de nombreuses fontaines, une vue panoramique des places du Golfe de Saint-Tropez ombragées par des micocouliers centenaires (arbres d’ortie).

Les commentaires sont disponibles en français, anglais, italien, et allemand.

Prix : Aller-retour à 7 € pour un adulte et 4 € pour un enfant entre 3 et 11 ans.

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Les Coches d’Eau


Les coches d’eau sont des barques électriques qui vous permettent de faire le tour de Port Grimaud en une vingtaine de minutes environ. Vous pouvez les emprunter entre la mi-février et la mi-novembre.

Le tarif est de 5,50€ par adulte et de 3€ pour les enfants de 3 à 12 ans.

Les bateaux verts pour rejoindre Sainte-Maxime ou Saint-Tropez à partir de Port Grimaud

La traversée entre Port Grimaud et Saint-Tropez dure entre 20 et 30 minutes.
La ligne qui relie Port Grimaud à Sainte-Maxime est ouverte du 07 juillet au 04 septembre sauf le mardi et la traversée dure 25 minutes environ.

Pour consulter leurs horaires et tarifs, rendez-vous sur le site des Bateaux Verts.

Properties to rent in Grimaud

Presentation of the village of Grimaud in Var

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.

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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.

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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.

House for rent in Grimaud

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.

Meet your real estate agents in Grimaud

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.

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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.

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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 article was first published in French here.

Buying or selling your Grimaud property

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

What is the price of real estate in Grimaud?

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

Among the most important ones are:

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

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

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

Grimaud-village

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

Living in a lively village

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

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Les soirées musicales de Grimaud – September 2016

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

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

The proximity of Port Grimaud

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

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Port Grimaud

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

Come and spend your holidays in Grimaud

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.

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Salon des Peintres

For the most amazing sights, you can visit the Salon des peintres de Grimaud, which was also built to pay homage to Jacques Gatti, a former resident of the  Plan 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 lot  to 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 thing  is 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

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

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

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 meter purchase 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.

The Castle of Grimaud

The History of the Castle

The history of the castle is inseparable from the one of the village. Let’s start by saying that the presence of man in the vicinity goes back up to 5000 BC and becomes more significant at the end of the Bronze Age (dolmens and menhirs). However the Romans became so discrete that the Phocaeans from Marseille discovered the charming area and founded a colony: Athenopolis. But it was the Middle Ages that would mark the real development of the region that was called Freinet (or Fraxinet), principally after the Saracens that established there in the 8th and 10th centuries.

Notable chapels and churches started to grow like mushrooms (N-D of Queste, the chapels of Pénitents and Saint Roch, the churches St Michel and St Pons,…) William I, the count of Provence and victor of the Saracens, gave to the local hero Gibelin Grimaldi (descendant of the youngest branch from Grimaldi of Monaco of Genoise origin) the earth that surrounded the gulf and decided to fortify it. It was at this time that the castle was erected (flanked by four towers spanning three floors) and rebaptized the village.

About halfway through the 13th century, the castle was handed down to the Pontevès, the Grimaldis having signed a peace agreement with the count of Provence Raimond Bérenger V after which they renounced their part in the areas situated to the west of La Turbie. A barony was then erected in the area. In two or three centuries, the village become the most important one in all of Freinet where most of the land trusts belonged to the Marseillaise abbey of Saint Victor. The proximity to the sea and to Italy largely benefited commerce at the time.

During the 15th century, the chateau owner Jean de Rossa decided to hold a campaign for the beautification of the structure; but during this period, the village started to suffer under the presence of the port of Saint Tropez. The religious wars that ravaged the region did not spare the castle. It needed to be reconstructed during the following century (17th) and became a marquisate. The castle then was turned over to the Castellanes before the king ordered them to dismantle it.

But the castle turned into ruins. However, the people in the village knew how to preserve its typical medieval flair, with its archways, squares, fountains, chapels, old structures, stone streets… a serious work of preservation and embellishment (in holding with tradition) in one of the most beautiful villages in France.

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Around the Castle of Grimaud

You should definitely visit the mill Saint Roch at the North of the castle. At the foot of the mill, at the end of the ravine, you can see the Pont des Fées, remains of the aqueduct that brings water from a source at the summit of the neighboring hill. A small canal used to bring water from this source to Puits de la Fée (3m in diam., 2m wide). The water was then carried to the village in a closed canal. The wall that supported the canal was more than a meter thick. The canal was composed of a cement bed with round tiles laying on top that were full of rich mortar which supported the pottery transit pipes that were glazed with 2cm of thickness and interlocked with each other.

Above the pipe is another layer of mortar and then two layers of tiles, on top of which the mass of the wall continues. Why this name? Actually, you often see in our region evocative names such as the Pont des Fées (The Fairy Bridge) and the Pont du Diable (The Devil’s Bridge). They are both used to design extraordinary work on account of its construction in a place not very suitable for such constructions.

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Therefore, it was said that the mason who completed this work had received charitable help or evil help from the fairies or the devil in person.

A little bit away from this village (to the South East) you will find the famous Notre Dame de la Queste whose fountain has cured numerous illnesses. Spend an afternoon strolling through the streets of the village and discovering the remains in the surroundings, and then finish the evening in a small cozy restaurant discretely nested in the back of a square. Now that is what I call a successful outing!

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Notre Dame de la Queste