|Suburban traffic|| 100 || m ||Airport|| 40 || km |
Holiday Park; In the countryside; Near water
A medieval town situated next to the seaside, with a modern lake-side village nestled at its feet- this is how one could define "Grimaud". The village of Grimaud has a long history, beginning with the Gallo-Roman age. In the 11th century its steep summit drew the attention of military strategists owing to the fact that it is situated high up on a peak which dominates the Gulf of Saint Tropez and controls access from the north and from the Maures mountains. Be sure to visit the beautiful church of St. Michel. The religious devotion to this site has been unfailing: three wonderfully preserved chapels mark the history of Grimaud: Notre Dame de la Queste (11th century), the Penitents’ Chapel (15th century) and the St. Roch’s Chapel (18th century). As to recent history: its major feature is Port Grimaud. Here, in 1966, the architect François Spoerry realized a visionary and ambitious project: the marina or "lake-dwelling" city. Today Port Grimaud is one of the most frequented places in France, with its quays of 12 km lined with gardens and "fishermen's houses" where boats can be moored. A true architectural success!