Gassin is perched on a rocky hilltop less than 4 km from the sea and has an unbeatable view over all the Bay of Saint-Tropez.
The village has many narrow alleyways (one claimed the narrowest in the world) and stone houses built around the church. Gassin is one of France's most beautiful villages and has won prizes for the quality of its architectural renovations.
Gassin... one of France's most beautiful villages ! - (Photo : golfe-infos)
The vineyards at Gassin produce prizewinning A.O.C. Côtes de Provence wines. You will adore strolling through Gassin's quiet streets with their many porticoes and Medieval gates adorned with bougainvillea, plumbago and Virginia creepers.
. A touch of history : click here
The first written traces of Gassin... or rather "Garcin", go back to 1234-1235. At the time, the "castrum" or ancient castle occupied today's Rue de la Tasco. It was surrounded by ramparts or "Barri", which were subsequently used to support the village houses.
Remains of these ramparts can still be seen in certain streets, held up by buttresses, with impressively thick doors and windows. The name of Gassin (formerly Garcin, Garcinum, Garcino) is thought to originate from a word meaning "steep place". The village was not officially named Gassin until the mid-18th century .
At the turn of the 20th century, the job of postman was highly sought-after in Gassin - the village, which was one of the French Republic's largest administrative "communes", possessed no less than 5 to deliver the mail! It should be mentioned that in addition to the current village, the "commune" extended to Le Dattier (by the beautiful white house you can see on leaving Cavalaire), through Cape Lardier.
La Croix Valmer and Cavalaire did not exist at the time !
. Orientation table : located at Montée Saint-Joseph, in the village, to the left of the car park.
. "Notre Dame de l'Assomption" church : on the village square, was completed in 1558. The bell tower, which was built separately from the rest of the church, is probably the oldest section. The church formerly bore battlements, which were destroyed in 1793. It is home to the shrine of Saint-Laurent, the village's Patron Saint, a golden virgin and many paintings. A 16th century white marble font, decorated with 4 angel heads, plus a fragment of a Christ by the Spanish school can be admired in the sacristy. The modern cross was designed by Roger Roux in 1968.
. "Notre Dame de Consolation" chapel : This small Romanesque chapel set in the middle of the woods was a parish church up to the mid-16th century. Located 500 metres to the North of the village, it is said to have been built after the Plague hit the area.
. The « Moulin à vent de Verdagne » : Set in the plain, in a quarter bearing the same name, this windmill was built in the 19th century. The tower is still standing. Acces : Take the Route du Brost from the village - the windmill is located inside Verdagne camping site. Open all year round.
. Moulins de Paillas : on the RD 89 road. Panoramic views over the Golden Islands and the Bay of Saint-Tropez.
The "Marines de Gassin" : comprising a residential complex, shops and a pretty sandy beach, are set along the coast from Port-Grimaud and the "Marines de Cogolin".
Gassin... Provençal village - (Photo : golfe-infos)
. Galerie Deï Barri : Art exhibitions, Place Deï Barri. Open from April 1-September 30 and until 10.30 pm in July/August.
. Foyer des Campagnes : Photo, art and sculpture exhibitions. From June to September.
. Want to play golf ? : the 18 hole golf course of Gassin stretches over 6100 meters in a beautiful protected landscape with unbeatabe views over the four villages of the peninsula : Grimaud, Gassin, Ramatuelle et Saint-Tropez. It offers a varied and technical game.
. Numerous vineyards : Château Barbeyrolles, Les Maîtres Vignerons, Château Minuty, Domaine de Bertaud-Belieu, Domaine de la Rouillère, Domaine du Pin Pinon, Domaine du Bourrian, Domaine Tropez-Béraud.
"Maison des Confitures", (House of Jams) : Chemin du Bourrian. From the village, take the RD89 road towards Carrefour de la Foux. After the "Parc Montana", take the Chemin du Bourrian on your right towards Saint-Tropez.
"Maison des Confitures à Gassin" - (Photos : Maison des Confitures ››)
. Petit Village : A wonderful opportunity to taste the wines produced by the "Maîtres Vignerons" association and choose from an excellent selection of local produce (olive oil, jams, honey, pottery, Provençal fabrics and books, etc.). Great gift ideas!
. Take a walk : click here
. Azur Park : Amusement park situated at Carrefour de la Foux on the RN 98 road. Take the D89 from Gassin to La Foux, then the R.N. 98 towards Saint-Tropez. Open April-September every day from 3.00 pm-2 a.m. click here
Parc d'Attractions Azur Park Golfe de Saint-Tropez - (Photo : golfe-infos)
. Le Tropical Golf : same address as Luna Park, crazy golf and garden with prehistoric animals, open 7 days a week from April-October.
. LEADING EVENTS : click here
Polo Masters St-Tropez/Gassin :
late August - early September. click here