Var in a nutshell
The large perched village of Grimaud has retained its traditional Provençal character with narrow cobbled streets, shaded squares and steep flights of stone steps that lead up to a ruined medieval castle. In contrast, the Port of Grimaud below is modern, built in the 1960s, and is an active summer spot.
Grimaud is a lively village boasting markets every Thursday and Sunday, well-located for the glamour of St Tropez and the natural beauty of the surrounding Maures Massif hills. The calendar of fetes, celebrations and festivals is full year-round.
Perched villages, while very pretty and famed for their steep narrow streets, can be challenging for some people and Grimaud offers a kindly solution in the form of an ornate glass elevator, which lifts folk from the lower end of town up to the main square above.
By air: Nice International Airport - 103km
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La Garde Freinet
A medieval French mountain village in the Massif de Maures, in the Var department. Strategically placed between the Argens Valley and St Tropez Bay (15km).
The village has two halves, the older part of town, with its narrow streets (some even carved out of rock) sits around a 16th century church. The rest of the village has wider streets and 19th century houses. The town, elevated on a long narrow ledge, commands broad views in all directions.
La Garde Freinet is an attractive and bustling town with plenty of good shops, restaurants and markets to discover. It has a tasteful and well-preserved appearance, with stones houses and old-fashioned street names. It is a flourishing crafts centre that is surrounded by cork oak and chestnut forests.
By air: Nice International Airport - 108km
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All distances are approximate.
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