Why Holidaymakers Love Port Grimaud on the French Riviera
While the hustle and bustle of some of the Côte d'Azur’s most popular holiday destinations like St. Tropez and Cannes are often the main attractions for holidaymakers, these picture-perfect beach resorts aren’t the only hot places to visit on the French Riviera.
The south-eastern coast of France has an abundance of hidden treasures that offer a slower pace of life with all the charm and luxury of the bigger resorts. One of these places has to be Port Grimaud that lies less than ten kilometres from St. Tropez, but is a far cry from the throngs of tourists and crowded beaches.
France’s ‘Little Venice’
Unlike many of the historical towns and villages along the Côte d'Azur, Port Grimaud, also known as ‘Little Venice’ is a relatively modern construction built in the sixties, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s not unique.
The ambitious vision of architect Francois Spoerry’s to create a seaside village built on the sand dunes of the Gulf of Grimaud, lying beneath the medieval village of Grimaud, resulted in a Venetian-style settlement with canals, interlinking bridges and Venetian inspired architecture that beautifully blends the charm and sophistication of the modern French Riviera with an Italian twist that you won’t find elsewhere.
It’s this unusual and intriguing combination that makes it one of the most visited spots on the French Riviera, with people seeking to witness the amazing architectural achievement first hand, as well as experiencing a different take on a holiday in the French Riviera. With a maze of waterways and a laid back atmosphere, it offers a much quieter and peaceful location to enjoy.
A boater’s paradise’If you’re in love with the sea and boating life, then Port Grimaud will give you definitely keep you entertained, whether it’s enjoying a morning coffee at one of the waterfront cafes whilst watching the boats go by, or taking a trip around the pretty canals on a boat yourself; there is always something to see here. The Marina that lies south of the main village also gives visitors the opportunity to see some impressive yachts up close. However, there are also boat hire companies that give the opportunity to explore more of the surrounding areas, as well as take the shuttle boat to St. Tropez, which is a relatively quick and scenic way to see more of the Côte d'Azur. Also, the beautiful sandy beach of Port Grimaud that lies on the outer edge of the village offers a haven for relaxation and some watersports if you wish. With clear blue sea and soft sand, it’ the perfect place to watch the world, including boats, go by.
As you would expect when visiting the French Riviera, luxury and style go hand in hand and Port Grimaud doesn’t disappoint on either front.
There are a great deal of luxury hotels on offer in this pretty village that will give you everything you need for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. From staying in a plush hotel suite in one of the many villas, to renting a stylish waterfront apartment or even an entire house, you’re sure to find fabulous luxury accommodation and stunning views that will meet all your requirements.
Food heavenNaturally, a big part of any holiday is the culinary delights you’ll get to indulge in while you’re away and Port Grimaud offers some fantastic choice for restaurants from high-end dining at Michelin star restaurants like Villa Belrose that serve up gourmet dishes in a beautiful setting to fusion cooking with fresh seafood at restaurant Le Mûrier. There are plenty of choices on offer to satisfy every appetite and guarantee a memorable meal in Port Grimaud. The perfect place to explore
Another attractive reason for many holidaymakers to choose to stay in Port Grimaud is its fantastic location. St. Tropez is just a boat ride or short drive away to the south, while Sainte-Maxime is just twelve kilometres to the north by car. There are also plenty of other beaches and villages to explore close by, including Grimaud on the hill just above Port Grimaud and Ramatuelle and Pampelonne.
The beauty of a holiday in Port Grimaud is that it tailors to everyone’s ideals. With the sea breeze rolling in off the Mediterranean, the picturesque Venetian-style buildings and a modern French Riviera village that’s brimming with character and charm, it’s a must-visit holiday destination.