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What’s on in Sainte-Maxime this September

1 September 2016

Attend a Fascinating Exhibition & Glamorous Regatta During a Late-Summer Stay at Amarante Golf Plaza

Alongside the chance to soak up the late-summer sunshine on one of its many stunning beaches, Sainte-Maxime and its surroundings area can also offer a variety of exciting events to attend this September. Those interested in local history can head to a 16th century tower to see an exhibition about the city’s transformation from fishing village to Riviera resort. While a 15 minute boat ride will offer the chance to see 300 traditional and modern yachts race in Les Voiles de Saint Tropez… and attend the regatta's legendary celebrations! Find out more about what’s on in and around Sainte-Maxime this September and plan your perfect stay at Amarante Golf Plaza.

‘Sainte-Maxime: A Century of Evolution’ Exhibition

La Tour Carré

1st September – 15th December 2016

History fans keen to discover more about Sainte-Maxime should head to the 16th century La Tour Carré to see its brand new exhibition. The impressive square tower will be offering the chance to see a range of historic documents and postcards that will take visitors on a journey through the city’s fascinating past from 1880 to present day. ‘Sainte-Maxime: A Century of Evolution’ will follow its transformation from trading post to leading tourist destination, providing an informative experience for all ages.

Sainte-Maxime was founded by monks from the Lérins Islands in 1000 AD and named after one of their saints, Santa Maxima. Its location and local resources meant it became a booming trading post for fish, cork, wine, olive oil and natural minerals. However the area began to grow from a farming and fishing village in the 18th century, to a flourishing Côte d'Azur town that attracted artists and tourists alike by the early 20th century.

Poets and writers also descended on its cobbled streets to enjoy the stunning scenery and sun-soaked climate. One of the most famous authors to stay here was creator of the Babar books, Jean de Brunhoff, who featured a local beach in The Travels of Babar, which was subsequently named "La Plage des Elephants”. Meanwhile, the town’s main beach was central to ‘Operation Dragoon’ during the Second World War, which led to the liberation of the South of France.

With such a rich history to explore, this exhibition will undoubtedly offer a fascinating day out during a stay at Amarante Golf Plaza. Admission is included in entry to the La Tour Carré, which also offers permanent exhibitions relating to local traditions, culture and history, including displays of Provencal costumes, tools and art. Entry is priced at just 2.30€ for adults, 0.75€ for children aged 10 to 16, while children under 10 enjoy free admission.

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez

Various Locations in Saint Tropez

24th September – 2nd October 2016

The town of Saint-Tropez is located a mere 15 minute boat journey or 30 minute drive from Sainte-Maxime. Though internationally admired for it nightlife, shopping and celebrity clientele, this picturesque destination is also well-known for its famous Classic Regatta every September. 300 yachts are set to descend on the Riviera town, each carrying a crew eager to compete in nail-biting races and attend the legendary regatta parties. If the awe-inspiring sight of these rare and beautiful boats isn't impressive enough... the non-stop events line-up will be truly unforgettable.

The last competition of the Mediterranean sailing season began back in 1981, when the owner of a Swan 44 challenged the 12 metre Ikra to a race. Since then, classic and contemporary yachts of all ages and sizes – some measuring up to 60 metres – have sailed across the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, in the hope of winning a trophy.

This year’s contestants will include the 39.4 metre, 1933 J-Class yacht Velsheda, alongside traditional boats ranging from a 1892 Gaff Cutter called Marigold to the 2016 Code 0 Teewa. While modern entrants will vary between a 1976 Sloop yacht called Monique-Anne VI to many boats built in 2016, including the Genapi; a Club Swan 50 that measures 15.24 metres.

The entertainment line-up will include live music from the likes of the Verdolini Jazz Band, alongside Tahitian dancing, a wine auction, boules competition and a carnival for crew members. As well as a range of parties, there’ll also be up to 20 stands to browse daily in the ‘Village des Voiles’. Find the full events programme here and plan the perfect day (and evening) out in Saint Tropez this September.

Whether you opt to learn more about local history or join in regatta celebrations, an outstanding September getaway awaits in Sainte-Maxime.


A Summer of Cultural Events in Sainte-Maxime

Experience Sainte-Maxime this summer as July and August see an influx of cultural events and evenings of entertainment across the Cote d’Azur resort; including art exhibitions, firework displays, traditional festivities and opera under the stars.

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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez: A Classic Sailing Regatta Near to Sainte-Maxime 30 September - 8 October 2017

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