The French Riviera

Sainte Maxime is well positioned with more than 10km of white sandy beaches along the coast including La Nartelle which is renowned for its fine sand and clear waters where water sports of every description are available. La Croisette is a supervised beach for those who like the sun and sea with public and private facilities inviting you to relax and have fun. There is also a sailing school which offers training courses and tuition at every level for children over 7 years of age. La Madrague has opportunities for  scuba diving and to the east, Garonnette and La Plage des Eléphants beaches have water skiing, windsurfing, jet skiing and snorkelling.

Sainte Maxime is a family orientated town and recent developments include a new cultural centre built with a cinema and activities for both children and adults.  The new road (D25) from Le Muy to Sainte Maxime has made the whole area more accessible and it is increasingly attractive as a holiday destination and restaurants and bars with music are springing up everywhere. However, the town retains its local traditions and there are several festivals throughout the year in celebration of its history.  

The Bay

The Botanical Gardens also called Parc des Myrtes, is found beside the N98 opposite La Croisette plage. This large, shady botanical park is very quiet and peaceful despite being so near the busy beaches.  A tranquil area full of regional trees and bushes, this is a pleasant place to sit and ponder and there is also a children's playground and space for picnicking.

The streets of the town are pedestrianised so there is ample opportunity to visit the shops and cafés which line the streets in the old town opposite the harbour. There is a daily covered market at Rue Fernand Bessy near the market place. Every Monday, the Capet food market in Ave. George Clemenceau takes place and every Thursday in Place des Sarrazine regional produce, fruit and vegetables are sold. On Fridays, the Marché Forain in Place Jean Mermoz holds a large mixed market.

Did you know? La Plage des Eléphants was named after local author Jean de Brunhoff who wrote the children's much loved series Babar.

Sainte Maxime

Sainte Maxime overlooks the Gulf of St. Tropez in the department of Var in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. This charming seaside town is situated on the French Riviera 90km from Nice and 130km from Marseille. With the beautiful clear waters of the Mediterranean to the south and the Maures mountains to the north, Sainte Maxime has breathtaking views in every direction.  The Massif des Maures give natural protection from the cold winds of the Mistral and with over 300 days of sun annually, the weather is a major draw for visitors and is famous for the inspiration it offered to poets, writers and artists over previous generations.  

St Tropez Bay

In addition to all types of water sports, there are also two sports halls and many outdoor facilities including tennis, an 18 hole golf course, hiking, archery, horse riding and mountain biking to enjoy.  A cycling path along most of the coast towards St. Tropez and Port Grimaud has recently been extended and touring the Massif des Maures by foot or by bike is a popular way to explore the countryside.   Two modern shopping centres, a casino and even a music school are available for visitors as well as a cinema and a theatre.

Sainte Maxime has an excellent selection of restaurants, some overlooking the Gulf of St. Tropez which provides a sumptuous backdrop to mouthwatering menus. Though some restaurants are quite expensive, there are plenty of reasonably priced places to eat in comfortable surroundings offering a warm welcome.

Flowers in St Tropez