The French Riviera
The Côte d'Azur, often known in English as the French Riviera, is the Mediterranean coastline of the south eastern corner of France, extending from Menton near the Italian border in the east to either Hyères or Cassis in the west.
The French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) has the glitz and glamour rivalled by few places on earth. Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco or the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other less well known attractions such as the perched villages of Eze and Gourdon, the perfumeries of Grasse and the glass blowers of Biot.
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About Grimaud ans Port-Grimaud
GRIMAUD, a charming medieval village crowned by its Feudal castle, which, for a long time, was considered the guardian of the former Gulf of Grimaud, as the Gulf of St Tropez was called until the end of the 19th Century. The village invites to take a walk through the centuries ; strolling along shady little lanes at the discovery of remarkable sites provides calm and serenity, even at the height of the season. Take a plunge into the heart of history. Welcome to Grimaud !
The commune of Grimaud is divided into two : the old village built on a hill, the waterside village of Port Grimaud designed by François Spoerry down in the plain by the sea.
The village is charming : perched on a hill in the midst of beautiful countryside. Its flowering winding paved streets will take you past sumptuous dwellings superbly renovated. The Romanesque church and the Castle are living witnesses to Grimaud's Medieval past.
In the waterside village it 's as if you were really living on the water : you can have your boat berthed in front of your living room. Port Grimaud was built in 1966 and is a living witness to harmony between sea and architecture. This unique master piece is one of the Var's most visited sites.
About Saint-Tropez village
Saint-Tropez is a town dedicated to Art, Culture and Tradition.
Saint-Tropez is a myth everyone dreams about. the village remains the unavoidable destinantion for famous people, sea lovers, History, Art and Heritage addicts.
Saint-Tropez owes much of its international renown to the many famous artists who have stayed or lived there.
A high standard world known events programme runs all the year round, contributing to building the legend of the town.
But apart from all those festive moments, Saint-Tropez remains a small fishing village, true to its image, with a variety of charmingly different aspects which the guides of Saint-Tropez will help you appreciate. Follow them along the colourful alleys, the Provençal market where you will find all the local products which have made the reputation of the village, the XVIth Century Citadel, and the famous Annonciade Museum
The rest is history, although the magic of Saint-Tropez is still very much alive today. Just what makes the town so charming is not easy to pinpoint - it will depend on your mood, the weather and the time of day as you approach by the winding road. That's generally when your heart starts beating a little faster..
Come and enjoy the wide range of quality hotels and restaurants, the cultural heritage and the numerous activities and entertainment day and night in St-Tropez.
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About Gassin village
From the top of its rocky spur, Gassin offers exceptional 360° views over the whole peninsula - it's just like being in a helicopter !
Here too, it's best to leave your vehicle behind to appreciate this village with its well-preserved stone houses, jostling around the church and the old Medieval fortress. Gassin's ancient streets are often topped by flowering porticoes; its alleyways are so narrow that one of them is considered as the world's tiniest! Will you manage to squeeze through ?
You can see La Croix-Valmer, Saint-Tropez, Grimaud, Sainte-Maxime, Les Issambres and beyond still the ramparts of Gassin.
Like most fof the villages located on the peninsula, Gassin, has remained faithful to its wine-growing tradition. And that's a lucky thing for the environment. Lucky for the local economy too. On this crystalline soil, vines flourish on the hillsides or in the plains, nurtured by the southern sunshine and cradled by the sea air. Here, the vineyards boast prestigious names. Appreciated the world over, the "Côtes de Provence" AOC wines they produce are highly-reputed and regularly recompensed at a national level. But this international opening really is the village's only little foible - here, discretion is cultivated above all.
Nonetheless, that didn't prevent Gassin from receiving the "Marianne d'Or" prize recently for the quality of its architectural restoration work and adjacent new village, created by the architect François Spoerry, who also designed Port-Grimaud. Gassin has also received a prestigious European award for its rebuilding work and has just been named one of "France's most beautiful villages" !
An early evening drink on the terrace of "Les Barris", under the age-old nettle trees, will allow you to judge for yourself !
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