La Croix Valmer is a little seaside resort typical of the 50's.
The best way to visit La Croix Valmer is on foot on its many walks in a luxuriant nature which has been preserved thanks to the "Conservatoire du Littoral" (Coastal Preservation Society). From Gigaro to the Capes Lardier and Taillat you can admire the beautiful umbrella and Aleppo pine forests with their many species of birds.
La Croix Valmer vue sur la Baie de Cavalaire - (Photo : golfe-infos)
The coastal path will take you to little coves and beaches with crystal-clear water (rewarded with the European PAVILLON BLEU (blue flag)). Its many historic ruins (the Taillat Dolmen, the Roman ruins at the beach of Pardigon, the Napoleonic batteries at the Cape Lardier) and vineyards tell the origins of La Croix Valmer.
Gigaro Beach, la Croix Valmer - (Photo : golfe-infos)
La ceinture côtière offre de petites criques qui abritent des mini-plages de rêve aux eaux marines et sous-marines de première qualité (récompensées depuis de nombreuses années par LE PAVILLON BLEU européen.). De nombreux vestiges (le dolmen de Taillat, les ruines romaines qui jonchent la plaine de Pardigon, les batteries napoléoniennes du Lardier) et domaines viticoles rappellent les origines de la commune.
. A Touch of History : click here
The origin of La Croix Valmer's name is thought to be owed to the Roman Emperor Constantine. While travelling to Rome in 312, Constantine is said to have seen a cross in the sky accompanied by the words "In Hoc Vinces" ("By this sign, you shall vanquish"). He immediately converted to Christianity and adopted the "labarum"- a standard bearing the sign of the cross.
The stone cross at the crossroads of the RD 559 and the RD 93 roads leading to Gigaro beach, was erected in 1893 in memory of the miracle.
The village itself was built further to the creation of "Domaine de la Croix" vineyard in 1882. Successively called "La Croix", "La Croix de Cavalaire" and "La Croix des Mimosas", the village became "La Croix Valmer" in 1934, on the initiative of the first mayor and administration, which feared the name would be confused with that of other villages.
. The "Conservatoire du Littoral" (Coastal Preservation Society) : Cape Lardier offers an astonishing variety of scenery. Thanks to its southern location, on a latitude with Port-Cros island and the Cape of Corsica, Mediterranean flora thrives in the park, as do many bird species - kestrels, owls, puffins and gannets...
. Early 20th century villas : A walk back through history as you discover La Croix Valmer's villas dating back to 1900.
The "Route du Col" : Panoramic views over the Golden Islands and the Bay of Saint-Tropez. ›Panoramic views from the Maures and Estérel hills : Amazing scenery you can explore all year round on foot.
La Croix Valmer - (Photos : L. Caille)
. The road to Ramatuelle : At the village exit, you will pass in front of the "Maison des Pères du Saint-Esprit" - La Croix Valmer's very first hotel. Take a look at the glazed tiles topping all the neighbouring houses. The picturesque road winds through the forest to the "Colebasse" pass.
. "Les moulins de Paillas" at Ramatuelle (windmills) : Panoramic views over the Golden Islands and the Bay of Saint-Tropez.
. For diving fans :
Discover the fabulous unspoiled sea beds around Gigaro, rich in subsea flora and fauna.
. "Ecole de Voile" (Sailing school) :
(optimist, catamaran, windsurf). Courses for children from April 1-October 30. Plage du Débarquement.
Spot 100 meters before you get to the bay of Gigaro : take the little road on your right in the direction of "Heraclée Plage", and move 100 meters to the right when you get to the beach. Beware of the rocks on the surface to the left. Great spot for waves when the west wind (Ponent) or the north west wind (Mistral) is blowing : waves up to 2,5 meters high.
. "Piscine Municipale" (Public swimming pool) :
Aquagym, swimming lessons. Avenue de Provence.
. Take a walk Walks from Cap Lardier and Cape Taillat : click here
. Artistic activities : at the " Maison des Arts et de la Culture", all year round - courses - sculpture, mosaics, pottery, drawing, sewing, etc...
. Library : Odyssée 80. Open Mondays from 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30 am -11.00 am and Sundays from 10.30 am -12.00 pm.
. Vineyards and cellars : Visits, wine-tasting and sale.
Vineyards and cellars la Croix Valmer - (Photo : golfe-infos)
. Pétanque (boules) : in the center of the village near the town hall.
. The Provençal market : Every Sunday morning, Place des Palmiers. The market lends La Croix Valmer a really typical Mediterranean atmosphere.
. LEADING EVENTS : click here
Les Nocturnes Croisiennes : July & August
The tourist office organises free entertainment all summer with Traditional, Jazz, Country, Salsa, and Holy music or variety shows.
Le festival des Anches d‘Azur : end of June and beginning of July.
Every year since 1996, brass bands from the world wide come and play in the gardens of the Villa Turquoise.