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Family and elegance

With its dynamic marina, Sainte-Maxime is a very popular seaside resort. It backs onto the Massif des Maures, a vast wooded area thanks to the surrounding hills. The largest city in the Gulf, Sainte-Maxime is welcoming and lively throughout the seasons.


Coming from Les Issambres, the eye is captured by the incredible beauty of the blue immensity. The waves first border a steep coast before reaching the sand of La Nartelle, a beach very popular with lovers of water sports and swimming. At its end, Pointe des Sardinaux, a protected natural site, faces its beacon at sea, a renowned diving spot. The three bends that follow concentrate all the beauty of the Côte d’Azur: magnificent umbrella pines clinging to the cornice… There are barely a few hundred meters left before reaching the marina over which the bell tower watches over. ‘church. Just a stone’s throw away is the beautiful city center beach. After crossing the bridge and its bow-string arcades, then crossing the nautical club, you will discover the attractions of the Croisette beach: on the port side, head for a carpet of soft pebbles, on the starboard side, long live the warm sand . So, dive into the turquoise water…


Sainte-Maxime is very attached to its Provencal roots; here we celebrate the votive festival and invite you to discover local folklore, such as the Saint-Pierre festival or that of Saint-Jean which celebrates the olive, because the Maximois region is home to the largest olive grove in the Var. Don’t forget to visit the Maures forest before leaving the area. Take the Col du Gratteloup and take the picturesque road which leads to the Plan de la Tour crossing Catalugno. Enjoy the view, it’s superb!


If you enjoy shopping, there are many beautiful boutiques in Sainte-Maxime and welcome you all year round. Looking for activity? You can practice all water sports (sailing, diving, boating, jet skiing, water skiing, etc.), but also practice golf, tennis, all forms of hiking (mountain biking, horse riding, hiking), or enjoy a family stroll in the Myrtles botanical garden. On the cultural side, there is no shortage of shows at the Théâtre de la Mer or the Carré Gaumont, as well as numerous exhibitions. Events await you over the months: corso du mimosa, Bike Festival, Fest’italia, summer evenings, Rallye du Var or Maxime Geek Univers… Enjoy beautiful evenings with music on the seafront terraces or in the many and tasty restaurants, or even try the jackpot at the Casino! Finally, if you like contemporary architecture, the Tourist Office offers you its thematic guided tours.


Departure from Simon-Lorière promenade. Avenue Général-de-Gaulle, take Quai Condroyer on the right (statue by Maximois sculptor Jean Portal.) to go to the harbor master’s office (architecture reminiscent of a ship). Return via the shopping arcade, cross avenue du Général-de-Gaulle. The Square Tower, the oldest building in the city. Opposite is the church (its main altar and the campanile). Go up rue Jean-Aicard then rue Paul-Bert, Montée de la Résistance to the covered market. Market Square (fountain, by sculptor Gérard Zislin). Go down rue Courbet then rue and place des Sarrasins. Continue to Place Louis Blanc, rue de Verdun, avenue Jean-Jaurès in the city center. Avenue De Lattre-de-Tassigny. Casino Beach (stele commemorating the Landing in Provence, seaside gardens, Simon-Lorière promenade.


The town owes its name to an 8th century Provençal nun, mother superior of the Callian monastery. This saint is celebrated every year in May during a bravado. Depopulated in the Middle Ages, a repopulation project undertaken by the monks of the Thoronet Abbey, lords of the place, in the 16th century failed and it was in the 18th century that Sainte-Maxime developed through the construction of houses on the banks. of the sea: the embryo of the village and the current port. The railway line linking Toulon to Saint-Raphaël at the end of the 19th century enabled its economic and touristic expansion.


• Visiting Sainte-Maxime means strolling along the recently renovated seafront avenue to go shopping, enjoy an ice cream or have a drink on the terrace. For a cultural trip, do not hesitate to pass through the old town, appreciate the architecture of the interwar period (several buildings have the label “Remarkable contemporary architecture”).
• Take advantage of this getaway to smell the scents: spices, fresh fruits and vegetables, cold meats, flowers from the Provencal market or the covered market. Rather fish, go to the port to the fishermen’s stall, rather flea market, head for the seaside promenade. You want to relax, head to the Myrtles botanical garden; and right next to the seaside: swimming, relaxing, the dream!


• From the square in front of the parish church, a lovely panorama over the entire Gulf of Saint-Tropez.
• From the town hall esplanade (former silkworm farm), magnificent view of the town and the Gulf.
• From the Château des Tourelles where Léon Gaumont lived.
• Pointe des Sardinaux, small wild pine forest, ideal for picnics or discovering the aquatic fauna and flora.



Sainte-Maxime Tourist Office
Catégorie 1 – Marque « Qualité Tourisme »
21, place Louis Blanc
83120 Sainte-Maxime
+33 (0)4 94 55 75 55 –
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Copyright : Emmanuel Bertrand / Office de tourisme de Sainte-Maxime