Grimaud, with its medieval and Provençal village testify of a history going back in time, to the Gallo-Roman era. Formerly the biggest village of the territory with 1000 villagers, Grimaud gave its name to the territory : “the Gulf of Grimaud” until the end of the XIXth century when it then became the current and well-known “Gulf of St Tropez”.
Rue de la Mairie, 83310 Grimaud – Open all year round between 8.30am & 5.30pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday – 0033 (0)4 94 55 69 00
Tourist office :
679 Route Nationale, 83310 Grimaud – Open all year round between 9am to 12.30pm – 2pm to 5.30pm – Closed Tuesday & Sunday – 0033 (0)4 94 55 43 83
616 Route de Cogolin – Open from Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 7.45pm – Sunday from 8.30am to 1pm – 0033 (0)4 94 55 77 05
14 Route Départementale 558 – Open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 12.30pm & from 2.30pm to 7pm – 0033 (0)4 94 43 37 58
Things to Do
Historical & cultural sites
Saint Michel Church
As early as the XI century, the village of Grimaud has had a church. It was replaced by the beautiful Saint Michel church of Provençal Romanesque style we know today. The quality of construction of this church in granite and limestone, prove the wealth of the village at the end of the XII century and the beginning of the XIII century. This edifice, originally covered with schist slates, has undergone some modifications in its original architecture such as the construction of the bell tower (XVI century), the sacristy (XVIII century) and the widening of the openings to the south. Due to a cruel lack of space, the cemetery surrounding the church was moved to the Saint-Roch mill at the end of the XIX century.
Inside, there are some traces of ancient frescoes decorating the walls and the vault. Above the transept, a fresco from 1850, depicts Saint Michael, Saint Peter and Saint Bartholomew. The stained glass and resin windows were replaced by the jeweller Jacques Gautier in 1975. An organ was installed in 2015 by the workshop Pasqual Quoirin.
During the Middle Ages, the village stretched from the top of the hill, from the castle to the church. The Rue du Baladou served as a link between these places.
Maison des Arcades
The Maison des Arcades or « des Templiers » obtained its name thanks to the arches seen today in the rue des Templiers. Many important people have lived in this house that dates back to the XV and XVI centuries. Since 2018, it has become a municipal showroom with different artists welcomed all year round.
Maison des Arcades, Impasse du Balladou, 83310 Grimaud – Open from Tuesday to Friday from 2.30pm to 6pm – Thursday from 10am to 12.30pm – 0033 (0)4 94 55 69 23
Just below the castle, you’ll find a windmill that was built in the XVI century. First called Moulin de la Gardiole, it became Moulin “Saint-Roch” in the XVII century, following the construction of the chapel dedicated to this saint. It is one of four windmills in the Commune.
In the 1990s, the roof, the wings and the mechanism were restored. In front of the building there was a grinding area, where horses trampled with their hoofs, the sheaves of wheat. Sometimes they pulled a roll of stone, increasing the efficiency of the action. Once the dust and pieces of straw had been removed, the grains were carried to the mill to be crushed by the 2 stone millstones. The miller installed sails on the wings (or antennae) of the mill. During the milling, he had to be attentive to many parameters such as the strength and the orientation of the wind. An adequate speed of the wheels made it possible to produce a suitable flour. The use of these mills ended at the beginning of the XX century.
The Fairy Bridge
Below the castle, down a rocky track, you’ll find the remains of an aqueduct that was used to supply the village with water, from the XVI to the XVII century. The river that flows beneath is called “La Garde”. It is still possible to see the remains of the original ceramic pipe. In its present ruined state, it is known locally as “Le Pont des Fées”.
This unique system, as well as the natural riches of the surrounding area, contributed in 1927 to the classification of the valley, as a “remarkable site”.
Set up in a former oil mill & cork factory, the Museum of Arts & Folk is an invitation to the XIX century’s lifestyle in the countryside. Discover the local history of Grimaud, thanks to the surprising collection evoking the past (tools, garments, household objects etc…). Visit an old farmer’s apartment reconstructed in the Museum. You will find yourself in another era so different from today.
Open every day throughout the year – Closed on Monday – Free entry
Fun for all the family
Want to challenge your friends? Come & find out who is the fastest driver at the Karting in Grimaud. Fun for all ages, from 7 to 77 years old. Choose between 160cc, 250cc or 270cc karts (age dependent). Open 7/7 – 37 Carraire d’Aïgo Puto, 83310 Grimaud – 0033 (0)4 94 56 00 12
Ranch de La Mène
Horse riding, bike ranch tours, themed rides, nocturnal rides, Bivouac, mini farm, trampoline & bouncy castle. Hours of fun for the whole family. Indulge in a burger, a pizza or a steak in the onsite restaurant. Open in the summer from 8am to 12pm & from 5pm to 10pm – Closed on Sundays. Open out of season from 9am to 12pm & from 2pm to 5pm – Closed on Mondays – 255 Chemin de la Tour 83310 Grimaud – 0033 (0)6 11 81 11 32
9-hole golf course, driving range, putting green and golf lessons. Golf Up is the perfect place to go with friends and children. Never golfed before? No problem, there is a range where you can practice and you can even take lessons whatever your age or expertise. The 9-hole course takes approx. 1 hour to complete. After your round, you can wind down at the “10th hole” with your favourite tipple on the terrace of the restaurant which is also open for lunch & dinner. 39 Carraire d’Aïgo Puto, 83310 Grimaud – 0033 (0)4 94 43 08 08
Here is another fun idea to entertain the children whilst on holiday. 60 platforms & a snack bar are available for an adrenaline filled moment shared with family or friends. Chemin Bagatin, 83310 Grimaud – 0033 (0)6 22 76 63 29 – For information regarding prices & opening hours, click here.
Laser Game Outdoor
Come & challenge your friends to a game of laser quest with no paint and no pain. 1 hour = 20€ – Espace Multisport, Les Prairies de la Mer, 1910 Route du Littoral 83310 Grimaud – For more information and bookings, call 0033 (0)6 78 27 22 82
Bad weather? Or simply looking for a way of entertaining the children? Come & have a game or 2 of bowling. It is equipped with rails & ball slides for your youngsters to also participate. There are also pool tables & car racing games as well as a bar. 1721 Route du Littoral, 83310 Grimaud – Open Monday 3pm to 8pm – Tuesday to Sunday 3pm to 1am – 0033 (0)4 94 56 26 69
The little train
Want to visit the small medieval town of Grimaud & then take a tour of the seaside town of Port Grimaud? Why not sit back & take in the scenery whilst riding the little train that runs multiple times throughout the day. Kids will love this little train ride (45mins) which is commentated – For information regarding running times & prices, please visit : Le Petit Train.
Food & Drink
There are many restaurants & cafés in the little town of Grimaud. Wander up the narrow-cobbled streets to find the perfect place to enjoy a coffee or indulge in local specialities such as Bouillabaisse, Pistou soup, Niçoise salad, Tarte Tropézienne, Tapenade, Aioli and Ratatouille… accompanied by a glass of local rosé, rouge or blanc from one of the many local vineyards.
Restaurant Les Santons
A beautiful gastronomic restaurant in the heart of the village since 1962. For more information regarding the menu, opening times & contact details, please visit : Restaurant Les Santons.
L’écurie de la Marquise
Typical Mediterranean restaurant hidden in the back streets of the old town. 3 rue du Gacharel, 83310, Grimaud, France – 0033 (0)4 94 81 59 04
Beautifully prepared & displayed dishes await you in this Provençal restaurant. You can order take away as well. Don’t forget to order their home-made ravioli. For more information, please visit : Aponino Restaurant
Restaurant Fleur de Sel
Come & enjoy a seasonal and original menu prepared by the amazing chef. The restaurants many professional reviews are proof enough that you should book a table here during your holiday. For more information, please visit : Restaurant Fleur de Sel.
Galerie Enoteca – Wine bar
With 2 lovely terraces and superb cheese & charcuterie platters, friendly accommodating staff & regular live music, not to mention a great selection of wines from around the world, what is there not to like? It would be recommended to venture inside as the artwork and eclectic style is well worth a look.
Boulevard des Alizés – 0033 (0)4 94 81 00 00 – Open from April for the summer season with live music every Thursday evening.
Every Thursday morning throughout the year, in La Place Neuve, come and discover the many stalls offering local produce such as fresh fruit & vegetables, fresh fish, bread, cheese, honey… You’ll find local delicacies like olives, tapenade, charcuteries…. In addition to the culinary side of the market, you can often find fabrics (napkins & tablecloths are popular) ceramics and other local crafts.
Jas de Robert. This is the biggest and most popular Sunday morning flea market in the Golfe of St Tropez. Individuals can come and sell the contents of their garage so there is always a large variety of items on display each week. Professionals also make a weekly impression with items on sale that attract collectors and anyone with an eye for art. There is a restaurant if you fancy a coffee stop mid-morning or lunch after browsing in the hot sun.
The Grimaud castle is historically linked to the Grimaldi family, as Gibelin Grimaldi was rewarded with the territory for helping to drive out the Saracens in 973AD. It’s easy to see that the Grimaud Château was strategically built as a defensive overlook during the Middle Ages.
Torn down by Richelieu in the 17th century during the Wars of Religion, the château has been only partially rebuilt. Today, the ramparts are used as a backdrop for outdoor theatre. A short walk behind the ruins leads to an old 17th century windmill that was used to grind flour. It was renovated in 1990. As a guarantor of the village’s memory, the castle was declared a historical monument in 1928.
Surrounding the castle, there are notable chapels and churches such as Notre Dame de Queste, the Chapels of Pénitents and Saint Roch and the churches St Michel and St Pons.