Sainte-Maxime is the Bay of Saint-Tropez's largest agglomeration. It is a dynamic town all year round sports and culture-wise as well as entertainment-wise.
Sainte-Maxime - (Photo : golfe-infos)
This sea-side city comprises numerous quality hotels, restaurants and café terraces with
. A Touch of History : click here
The original village was built on the site of the ancient Greek trading post of Calidianus. Traces of a Roman settlement have also been found here, ransacked by Saracens and pirates. Today's town was founded in the year 1000 by monks from the Lérins islands, who named it after one of the Saints of their order - Maxime.
. "La Tour Carrée" :
Sainte-Maxime had been the property of the Thoronet Abbey monks since the 14th century. They decided to build a tower around 1560, with the aim of attracting a larger population to the town. click here
Sold as national property in 1790, the "Tour Carrée" or Square Tower, which figures on the town's coat of arms, became successively a seigneurial residence, defence post intended to protect the Bay, corn loft, prison, school, customs warehouse and Town Hall during the Revolution up until 1935! It is now a listed monument and home to the town's folk museum.
Tour Carrée Muséum in Sainte-Maxime - (Photo : golfe-infos)
. Chapels & Churchs : click here
. "La chapelle Saint Donat" : also known as "Chapelle du Suy". At the town exit, take the RD 25 road towards Le Muy (10 km). This chapel, with its double pinnacle turret, was built in the 18th century. It houses the shrine of a bishop of Tuscany, who was decapitated by order of the Emperor Cadracien on August 7th, 362. Of note are the ruins of the ancient village named "Le Suy" and the cemetery. A pilgrimage still takes place to the site every year on August 7th.
. Chemin de la Vierge Noire :
. "La chapelle de la Nartelle" : At the town exit, take the RN 98 road towards Saint-Raphaël. At the "Rond-point de la Nartelle" roundabout, take Avenue Mireille, then Avenue de Provence. The chapel's first stone, taken from the ruins of the "Chapelle Saint-Pierre du Vieux Revest", was laid on July 15th, 1956.
. Parish church : The parish church square offers splendid views over the Bay of Saint-Tropez.
take Boulevard Berthie Albrecht which runs parallel to the sea, the Chemin de la Vierge Noire and Boulevard du Meinier. This pretty promenade, which leads all the way to the signal station, links the sandy beaches of "Plage de la Madrague" and "Plage de la Nartelle".
. Parcours de santé des Bosquettes (Health run) :
Take the RD 25 road towards Plan de la Tour, then turn right into Rue Gaston Rebuffat.
. En bordure du centre ville :
découvrez la plage de sable fin en pente douce, bordée d'une promenade ombragée par les pins parasols et les palmiers. Parmi les autres très belles plages, on trouvera à l'est, la Garonnette, les Eléphants, la Nartelle et, à l'ouest, la plage de la Croisette face à Saint-Tropez.
. Adjacent to the town centre :
you will love lazing on the gently-sloping sandy beach bordered by umbrella pines and palm trees. Other beautiful local beaches include "La Garonnette", "Les Eléphants" and "La Nartelle" to the East and "Plage de la Croisette" opposite Saint-Tropez to the West.
. "La pointe des Sardinaux" :
to the East of Sainte-Maxime, where a pretty park has been landscaped for picnics.
. Hôtel de ville :
A former silkworm house, the town hall offers magnificent views over the town and the Bay of Saint-Tropez.
. Sailing : Club Nautique de Sainte-Maxime : Windsurfing, sailing, optimists and catamarans. Lessons, beginners and advanced. Plage de la Croisette.
Sailing - Sainte-Maxime - (Photo : golfe-infos)
. Golf de Sainte Maxime : par 71 by 6155 meters, spectacular and technical course. The first nine holes slope down the valley with a magnificent panaroma over the Bay of Saint-Tropez. Adjacent to a luxury hotel complex.
. Scuba diving : Qualified divers will take you to visit the wonders of the Plateau des Sardinaux (5 to 40 meters deep). At the Rabiou beacon, maiden dives to visit the sites of l'Arche, la Cathédrale or Les Brisés.
Plongée sous marine à Sainte-Maxime - (Photos : Mer & Littoral ››)
. Markets : Monday morning, food market, avenue Georges Pompidou. Thursday morning, food and local produce market, place du Marché. Friday morning, place Jean Mermoz.
. "Petit Train des Pignes" : Scenic railway taking visitors to the "Colline du Sémaphore" (signal station hill). 35 min. guided tour from Easter to October (information at the Tourist Office)
. Aquascope : March 15-September 30, 7 days a week. 30 min tour in a glass-bottomed boat departing from the port.
. "Parc botanique des Myrtes" : 7,5 acre park with over 60 varieties of exotic plants (some are over one hundred years old). Children's games and botanical footpath on Avenue Jean Moulin, on the way to Saint-Tropez via the coast road. click here
. AquaLand : Aquatic amusement park - wave pool, slides, paddling pool, restaurant. Parc de Loisirs des Bosquettes, Route du Muy. Please ask for off-season opening times.
. Maxim’Autruches : Ostrich farm - By-products for sale at the farm. On the Le Muy road on the way to the motorway. (Phone: 04 94 96 75 30) Open all year round, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm and from the 15/06 to 15/09 every day from 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm and during school holidays.
. Take a walk : click here
. A Casino : Open all year round - 80 slot machines, roulette, black jack, stud-poker, video poker, 1 bar and two restaurants.
. a cinéma "Le Pagnol" au Carré Leon Gaumont : click here
Le Carré Léon Gaumont Ste-Maxime - (Photo : golfe-infos)
. LEADING EVENTS : click here
Le rallye du Var (car rally) :
Last weekend in November
Final of the French Rally Championship. As every year, the rally promises to be highly entertaining due to the very rough route and unreliable weather conditions... click here