La Croix-Valmer has some interesting ‘belle-epoque’ (early XX century) villas to see, of which the imposing “Maison des Peres du Saint Esprit” and the “Orangery” are the most impressive but it is true to say that the coast, the beaches and the scenery play an equally important part in attracting the crowds during the summer months.
There is also a small open-air theatre where performances are held in the summer as well as a large choice of restaurants and cafés. The views along the coast to the “Iles d’Hyères” of which you can visit by ferry are amazing.
102, Rue Louis Martin, 83420 La Croix Valmer – Open from Monday to Thursday from 8am to 5.30pm – Friday from 8am to 1pm – Closed on Saturday & Sunday – 0033 (0)4 94 55 13 13
287 Rue Louis Martin – Open from Monday to Friday from 9.15am to 12pm & from 2pm to 6pm – Saturday from 9.15am to 12pm – Closed on Sunday – 0033 (0)4 94 55 12 12
Debarquement, Le Rond-Point du, 2 Clos de la Ricarde – Open every day from 7am to 8.30pm – 0033 (0)4 94 52 00 39
Plage de Gigaro, 1 Boulevard Saint-Michel – Open every day from 8am to 7.30pm – 0033 (0)4 94 54 32 18
1559 Boulevard de St Raphaël – Open every day from 7.30am to 8.30pm – 0033 (0)4 94 79 79 98
2-9, D559 – Open every day from 7am to 8pm
73 Rue Louis Martin – Open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 12.30pm & from 3.30pm to 7pm – Closed on Sunday – 0033 (0)9 62 57 28 27
Pharmacie de la Croix
Rue Louis Martin – Open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 12.30pm & from 3pm to 7pm – Closed on Sunday – 0033 (0)4 94 55 11 60
Things to Do
Cultural & historical sites
XIX Century Villas
Maison des Pères du Saint Esprit
Without doubt this is the most imposing monument of the village. This large building was used by navigators as a landmark when they sailed along the coast. The building has changed names several times : “Hotel de Bon Repos”, “Hotel d’Angleterre” then “Hotel d’Angleterre et Kensington” and after that “Grand Hotel de la Cote d’Azur”. Since 1963, the building has been a retirement and convalescent home for priests, nuns and monks.
This imposing building was built at the beginning of the century and was a hotel from 1906 to 1914. People stayed here for remedial treatment – it was called the Solarium. During the First World War (1914-1918) all the hotel’s activities ceased then 1923 the property was sold to the “Comité Commun de l’Hygiène de l’Enfance”. Since 1969, the medical and professional Institute has been a boarding school for troubled adolescents.
This building, built in 1900, was actually intended to be given to the congregation of the “Sisters of Nazareth”. They installed an orphanage there but abandoned the management of the building quite quickly. Sponsored by the Domaine, the building was transformed for use by the tourist industry : The “Grand Hotel” was created and it was very important during that period in promoting the development of La Croix Valmer.
Equipped with your own flippers, diving mask and snorkel, set off to explore a fabulous fauna and flora. Enjoy the beauty of the anemones, discover the mystery of the shipwreck…
In full autonomy and with the help of floats with underwater information panels, discover at your rhythm the treasures at the edge of the Crocodile Islet, the fauna, the flora and the underwater landscape. With a maximum depth of 3 meters this underwater path is adapted for all swimmers.
In July and August, guided snorkelling sessions are organised every Thursday morning by certified instructors from the “Observatoire Marin de la Communauté de Communes”.
Registration is compulsory at the Tourist Office. Snorkelling equipment is not provided. Participation fee : 5 €/person. Adult accompaniment is required for children under the age of 14. The minimum age required is 8.
Fitness and botanic paths
While enjoying the view, the fitness path allows you to exercise on its 1km long course thanks to its gym apparatus. You can also discover the local flora through the botanic path and its descriptive signs.
Inaugurated in May 2009, this remarkable site is classified “Sensible Natural Area”. The site of “La Pierre Plantée” is spread over 6 hectares on a hill below the village, in the heart of vineyards and agricultural parcels. For more information, please call the Office de Tourisme.
Bicycles & Mountain bikes
Another way to discover the Var region is by bicycle. Whether a ride with the family or with friends, there are as of today, 72km of the cycling path are built, of which 59km are exclusively for non – motorized users. By taking the coastal cycle path you will discover the diversity of the landscape, the richness of the flora and an exceptional coastline.
For more information regarding the different cycle paths available and how to access them, please call the Tourism Office.
There are multiple options when it comes to “hikes”, from nature lovers to experienced walkers there is something for everyone.
Starting from the tourist office, there are different walks you can embark on. From discovering the shorelines to the XIX and XX century villas, these walks will offer cultural and historical information as well as beautiful views.
Departing from “La Plage du Débarquementʺ, this coastal path called ʺLe Sentier du Littoralʺ is a breath-taking hike over rocky terrain and narrow paths with amazing views. The beauty of this walk is that you can tailor the duration to your liking. You can walk as far as you want before turning back. There are small beaches along the way which offer the possibility of cooling down or taking a picnic break.
Other than the sentier du littoral, there are other coastal walks that start at the “Plage de Gigaro”. Some of these paths join up.
For more information, please visit the tourism office website.
Food & Drink
Every Sunday all year round in “La Place des Palmiers”, the heart of the village turns into a vast market in the shade of Pine trees. Discover La Croix-Valmer’s market and take a little piece of Provence back home with you.
Evening craft market
From late June to late September, an evening crafts’ market is organised in the “Forum René Rinaudo”, every Thursday night. At a time of day when the air is cooler, come and stroll through the village and meet the locals, happy to share their work and craft with you.
221 Rue Louis Martin – Open 7 days a week all year from 9am to 12am – To guarantee fresh products at reasonable prices, Café Valmer uses only seasonal products and offers different suggestions every day. They offer many seafood options as well as meat and pasta dishes – 0033 (0)4 94 79 57 67
Rd Pt de la Croix de Constantin, D559 – Open 7 days a week all year round from 11am to 11pm – As well as a large choice of pizzas, there is the choice of meat and pasta dishes without forgetting salads – Pizza house does takeaway too – 0033 (0)4 94 54 24 63
1031 Avenue de St Raphaël – Open from Tuesday to Saturday evening – This restaurant is part of “La Cigale” hotel, it offers a more refined choice of dishes as well as a beautiful view from the terrace – 0033 (0)4 94 54 34 76
The history of La Croix-Valmer began during the Roman period. 125 years BC, Rome intervened to pacify the Provençale region which was then in the midst of fighting between the Celto Ligures and the Greeks of Marseille. The Romans established the “Pax Romana” and the Mediterranean coast was transformed into a holiday resort favoured by the Roman families.
The Roman villa of Pardigon, built on 3500² meters, was occupied by the affluent Roman gentry who cultivated grapes and olives to produce the region’s wines and olive products. Nearby were the farm buildings and workers’ houses as well as a maritime fishpond and a seaport. Pardigon was one of the biggest maritime villas on the Gallic coast.
The Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating “in hoc signo vinces” (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. On April 16th 1893 a stone cross was erected on the site where tradition says this vision occurred. La Croix-Valmer became a commune on 6th April 1934, separating from the commune of Gassin.
The area has been inhabited since ancient times, as demonstrated by the discovery of remains such as prehistoric tools, cists, and the Roman farm of Pardigon (dating from the III century BC).
During the Second World War, the beaches of La Croix-Valmer were part of the Allied invasion of Provence during Operation Dragoon. The name of one of the local beaches, Plage du Débarquement (“Landing Beach”) bears witness to this.