If you are planning a summer vacation, then there is nothing like a French Riviera Road Trip. Check out our post for a full fledged 10 Day South of France Road Trip Itinerary . Located on the French Riviera in the Provence region of France, is a medieval village filled with history, enchanting canals and vibrant colors. Compared to some of the bustling cities nearby, Grimaud is the perfect place to relax and savour the tranquility it has to offer. Here are five things to do in grimaud france and what you must not miss during your visit.
1. Chȃteau de Grimaud
Dating back to the 11th century, this castle has been rebuilt and restored many times over the years. The ruins, which consist of the castle, a church, and a stone windmill, are a top attraction in Grimaud and can easily be reached by foot from the village.
Sitting at the highest point in the village, the castle also serves as a spectacular place to take in the view of the town below and the water in the distance.
2. Port Grimaud
Known as “The Venice of Provence”, this quaint port is brimming with character and distinctive architecture. Port Grimaud is just a short, 10-minute drive from the village of Grimaud. For the full experience, be sure to check out the Le Petit Train de Grimaud. This tourist train will take you on a tour around the village and also bring you to the port.
Sitting on the edge of the Golfe de St-Tropez, Port Grimaud is comprised of roughly seven miles of canals lined with pastel-colored homes and filled with boats of all kinds. Port Grimaud is a great place to sunbathe with an ice cream in hand as you watch the yachts float by. If you’re looking for something more adventurous, the area offers a variety of water sports, golf, tennis and horseback riding.
Port Grimaud is also home to various markets that occur regularly throughout the year on Sundays and Thursdays.
3. The Narrow, Flower-Filled Streets
Grimaud is certifiably swoon-worthy. If the enticing canals and ancient castle ruins weren’t enough to draw you in, the flower-lined streets will. For the most picturesque areas, head to La Placette, which is the oldest part of the city. From there, head down Rue des Templiers and continue west. You’re bound to have a surplus of photo opportunities, so be sure to have your camera ready.
4. Azur Park
Located just 10 minutes from Grimaud village, this family-friendly amusement park is the perfect place to enjoy the sunshine with the whole crew. Azur Park boasts 35 attractions, two miniature golf courses and a lively restaurant in the center of it all. With baby rides, roller coasters and even a trampoline park, there’s bound to be something for everyone. Admission is free, but you do have to purchase passes for the attractions.
5. Massif des Maures
Located on the outskirts of Grimaud is the beautiful Massif des Maures. Running parallel to the French Riviera, this mountain range stretches roughly 35miles. Its rolling hills, wildflowers and abundance of pine, chestnut, and cork oak trees entice people out of the town center and into the wilderness.
Although the highest point only reaches to about 2,559 feet, the mountains offer spectacular views of the coastline and countryside in every direction. For a 360-degree view, hop on the Bormes-les-Mimosas trail, which encompasses beach, roads, and dirt paths on the 8-mile trail loop. If you’re not up for the hike, Route des Cretes is a gorgeous drive.
Bonus: St. Tropez
Located just 20 minutes from Grimaud is this coastal town known for its cobblestoned streets, art scene, beaches, and nightlife. If you happen to need a break from the serenity found in Grimaud, be sure to take a day trip to St. Tropez. Port Grimaud offers shuttle boat service to and from several times a day.
Disclaimer – This post is written by Valentina Valencia , a guest author from AllTheRooms.