Port Grimaud, often compared to Venice for its canal system is a beautiful little town only 15 minutes away from St Tropez.
It is the perfect place to spend your holiday as there is something for the whole family. Here you can hire small motorised boats by the hour (no licence necessary) to cruise around the port. Throughout the network of picturesque canals & bridges, there are ice cream shops, typical French markets selling everything “Français” twice weekly and your choice of boutiques & restaurants.
From any of our Port Grimaud accommodation, you are never more than a 10-minute stroll from a beautiful sandy beach.
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
Rue de l’Amarrage, 83310 Port Grimaud Sud – Open all year round between 9.30am & 5.30pm – Closed on Sunday – 0033 (0)4 94 55 43 83
Just a short 5-minute drive from Port Grimaud, there is a hypermarket with surrounding shops & a restaurant/café – 120 Rond-Point de la Foux – Open from Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 8.30pm – Closed on Sunday -0033 (0)4 94 55 24 00
Place de l’Eglise – Open from Monday to Sunday from 7.45am to 12.30pm & from 3.45pm to 7pm – 0033 (0)4 94 43 43 90
24 Place François Spoerry – Open from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 1pm & from 3pm to 8pm – Sunday from 8am to 1pm – 04 89 25 52 15
Pharmacie Port Grimaud
14 Place du Marché – Open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 12.30pm & from 3pm to 7pm – Saturday from 9am to 12.30pm – Closed on Sunday – 0033 (0)4 94 56 39 05
Things to Do
Cultural & historical sites
St François d’Assise church
François Spoerry, the architect & creator of Port Grimaud had this church built in 1966. It was inspired by the churches of Saintes Marie de la Mer. Its stained glass, designed by Victor Vasarely, represents the sun, from the moment it rises to the sunset.
For a very small fee of 1€, you can climb up to the top to admire the beauty of Port Grimaud.
Les coches d’eau
The waterbus system in Port Grimaud is motorized by electricity produced from the photosensitive panels located on their roof. They navigate on the canals in silence, without polluting. The visits last 20 minutes with departures every 15 minutes. They operate from 9am to 9pm every day from mid-February to mid-November. Rates : Adults : 5,50€ – Children between 3 – 12 years old : 3€ – Free for children under the age of 3
To fully enjoy the many canals that constitute Port Grimaud, you can rent an electric boat. No license is required and up to 5 people can share 1 boat. A map of the marina is provided when you embark on your little adventure.
The electric boats are available from the beginning of April until the end of October. The rental price is 30€ for half an hour. These electric boats are environmentally friendly.
Les Bateaux verts
Want to visit the market in St Tropez hassle free? No more issues with parking spaces or traffic. Hop on a green boat shuttle. They operate from and to Port Grimaud, St Tropez, Ste Maxime, Marines de Cogolin & Les Issambres. Fancy a trip to an island by boat? You can choose from a large array of islands for days trips or even an overnight stay, for example the “Iles d’Hyères” are stunning.
For more information regarding the opening hours & prices, please visit : Les Bateaux Verts.
Riviera Water Sports
Looking for some adrenalin fueled activities during your holiday? Look no further. Come to the main beach in Port Grimaud and try one of our many water activities on offer : paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking, sailing (Hobbie cat, optimist), water skiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, parasailing. We also offer the possibility to try towable tubes & pedalboats. Click Riviera Water Sports for more information.
Fancy discovering Port Grimaud & its surroundings all the while avoiding the traffic? Well rest assured, this is possible. Hire an bicycle for the day. This means you can take a relaxing ride into St Tropez without wasting essential holiday time stuck in your car. It is also possible to rent an electric bike. For information regarding rates & opening hours, check out the Energy Bike website.
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.
Salon & Spa by Amanda Lesley
Come & relax whilst on holiday. From hair to nails, massage to hammam and numerous facial & body treatments, lie back and let Amanda and her girls pamper you in style. For more information, please visit : Spa Holiday Marina – 323 Route du Littoral
Food & Drink
Port Grimaud has numerous restaurants offering many types of cuisine. You’ll find ice cream shops that also sell crepes & gauffres (waffles) which are big crowd pleasers.
If you are looking for somewhere to watch the football or the rugby, to sing a bit of karaoke, to watch a band or to play pool, this is the place for you. With friendly English & French speaking staff, this is the perfect venue to get together for a catch up over a few drinks or a meal. You’ll find dishes ranging from pizzas to salads & pastas, as well as a daily plat du jour. On Sundays, you can even indulge in a traditionnal British roast dinner. It is open from 10am to 1am, 7 days a week with happy hour prices from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. If you fancy a sing along, karaoke is every Thursday night but if you prefer to let someone else sing, there is live music to enjoy every Friday & Saturday evening. Les Jardins de la Mer, 83310 Port Grimaud. 04 94 56 44 11
This typically French restaurant offers pizzas, salads, pasta dishes as well as daily plats du jour. There is usually a selection of fish to choose from. Enjoy your meal in the sunshine on the hull shaped terrace facing La Place François Spoerry or on the rear terrace overlooking the canals. This restaurant is very popular and it is recommended that you book. It is a favoured lunch spot for locals and workers alike. This popularity is achieved by good reasonnably priced food, fast service & lovely helpful staff. Come & try for yourself at 26 place François Spoerry, 83310 Port Grimaud. Open all year. 04 94 56 21 73
La Table du Mareyeur
If you are a fan of fresh fish & seafood, this is THE place to go. Indulge in huge sharing platters with a large selection of shellfish & oysters. Their menu also includes fabulous steak and other options for non-fish lovers. With a covered terrace overlooking the canals, this is the perfect setting for a typical Mediterranean dinner amongst friends and family or for a romantic meal. You can order your seafood platters to takeout and enjoy them on your own terrace or boat. Are you looking for a venue to host a reception, a wedding or a business meal? Their wonderful team is on hand to help you organise the perfect event in this beautiful setting. Don’t take our word for it, come & try it for yourself. It is open from March to October. Low season it is open from Tuesday to Sunday evening as well as Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday lunchtime. High season it is open every evening as well as Thursday & Sunday lunchtime – 11, Place des Artisans, 83310 Port Grimaud – 04 94 56 06 77
If you fancy cooking yourself, you can find all your fresh local ingredients at the market on Thursday & Sunday mornings in la Place du Marché, Port Grimaud I and on Monday & Friday mornings in Place François Spoerry. You’ll find fruit, vegetables, flowers, cheese, meats, bread, cakes, Provençal products as well as clothes, bags & handmade objects such as jewellery and children’s toys.
This is the story of a man who had a dream. François Spoerry, originally from Alsace, he loved the sea. His dreamed of being in the Navy but failed because of his poor eye sight. He loved sailing and regularly went to Greece with his friends where he would complain that he could not moor up close to his holiday home.
So, it was from this moment on, that a different dream was born. The dream of creating the perfect seaside town. He dedicated the rest of his life making this dream become a reality. In order to complete this crazy project, he had to find flat ground and ideally a marshland. He was in luck, as the perfect location was up for sale in the 1960’s, in the heart of the Golfe of St Tropez. It was appreciated by fishermen but was heavily plagued by mosquitos.
François Spoerry had to fight for another four long years to obtain the building permit. In June 1966, the first houses were built. Within four years, the swamp became an interlacing network of peninsulas and canals, a mosaic of streets and squares which were the foundations of today’s Port Grimaud.
His dream went beyond a berth at the end of the garden, beyond the construction of a marina. He wanted a real community life. A community where everyone could get together, go shopping, dine and party… and this is what he achieved. There was a common house, yacht clubs, a cinema, a school & a church.
Today, there are about 2,500 to 3,000 houses, divided into a dozen different categories. Initially, there were fewer than 10 house designs for this seaside town. On the other hand, externally, no two houses are the same. The most sought-after homes are the fishermen’s houses. They are amongst the most spacious and are built on 2 or more floors.