St Tropez, France
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A short panoramic drive from St Tropez allows you to experience the beauty and contrast of modern Port Grimaud and medieval Grimaud village.
First, visit a village of unique charm. Port Grimaud was designed by the famous architect François Spoerry. It looks like an old Mediterranean fishing village, but Port Grimaud is a modern complex of luxury houses, fully equipped marinas, and seven miles of meandering quays. Embarking a water taxi, take a pleasant cruise through the wandering canals of this lively village. Passing pastel houses, alleys, bridges, and tiny squares, you'll come to understand Port Grimaud's nickname -- 'the little Venice of Provence'.
Proceed through the countryside and up to Grimaud, a 'perched' village. After a short uphill walk, admire the quaint and rustic dwellings as you stroll towards the center of the village along a lane that leads to a monumental fountain. The village of Grimaud has a long history, beginning in the Gallo-Roman era. Situated on a high hill and dominating over the Gulf of St Tropez, the village's steep summit drew the attention of strategists in the 11th century as the site afforded control over access from the north and the south. Enjoy some free time to browse among the winding alleyways alive with local craftsmen and tiny stores.
Please note: Shopping is limited in villages outside of the main touristic season.