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Sainte-Maxime Visitors Guide

Nestled between the rolling hills of the Massif des Maures and the glittering Bay of Saint-Tropez lies the picturesque city of Saint-Maxime. Fishing village turned idyllic retreat for artists, poets and writers, this Côte d'Azur destination can now boast a whole host of attractions and a year-round entertainment programme… alongside its natural, and more beautiful assets.

With 11km of breath-taking beaches and a wide range of water sports available, Sainte-Maxime is ideal for those seeking a relaxing, sun-soaked retreat or active break away. Take the opportunity to try the likes of jet-skiing, diving, sailing, kayaking and SUP, or lie back on luxury loungers by beachside restaurants that boast their very own private pools. Further inland, there’s the chance to show off golfing skills on several courses, including the city’s only golf resort, Amarante Golf Plaza. Alternatively, explore a mountain range strewn with olive trees and Umbrella Pines while hiking, horse riding or mountain biking.

The city itself is home to art deco architecture, charming streets leading to Provençal markets and an infectious laid-back attitude. Those wishing to gain insight into local history and culture can visit museums and galleries, or attend one of many traditional festivals that fill the city’s cobbled streets. However, being known as Saint-Tropez’s sister means that it’s not short of exclusive boutiques or Michelin-Starred cuisine either. While, when it comes to evening entertainment, the city has a casino, and both a beachside open-air theatre and contemporary arts venue that host concerts, shows and dance performances.

Sainte-Maxime’s 800-capacity port also offers easy access to other key destinations along the French Riviera. The glamorous streets of Saint-Tropez are only a 15-minute boat ride away; ideal for those seeking designer shopping and celebrity-spotting, or alternatively opt for a day out at Cannes. The awe-inspiring ‘Venice of Provence’, Port Grimaud, is only 20 minutes away, while history-fans may enjoy excursions to the Island of Ste-Marguerite, where the ‘Man in the Iron Mask’ was imprisoned. Whether you opt to discover more about local culture, take part in exciting leisure activities or simply admire the awe-inspiring scenery, there’s plenty to keep all ages entertained in Sainte-Maxime.

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Bay of Sainte-Maxime

The Bay of Sainte-Maxime is home to both breath-taking beaches and a vast marina that offer fun-filled activities suitable for all ages.

Bay of Sainte-Maxime
Saint-Tropez
Saint-Tropez

Bay of Saint-Tropez

The Bay of Saint-Tropez can deliver an unforgettable day out for all ages with glamorous destinations to visit and a variety of exciting activities on offer.

Bay of Saint-Tropez
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Istock SUP

La Nartelle Beach

The sandy La Nartelle beach offers visitors the chance to try water sports, soak up the sun on loungers and explore a natural peninsula.

La Nartelle Beach
Water Park
Water Park

Aqualand Sainte-Maxime

Aqualand Sainte-Maxime can provide a fun day out for the whole family with an array of water slides, outdoor pools and delicious dining options.

Aqualand Sainte-Maxime
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Le Musée de la Tour Carrée

Le Musée de la Tour Carrée is Sainte-Maxime's most famous museum and tells the story of the town's rich history... whilst being an important archeological landmark in its own right.

Bay of Sainte-Maxime

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