Ideally located in the heart of the French Riviera, staying with us in Le Lavandou will allow you to easily discover all the richness of the Var. Sport, relaxation, culture, there is something to enjoy for everyone. Please find below some suggestions and ideas of activities and landscapes to discover for you. Do not hesitate to contact us in preparation for or during your stay for more information and personalized advice.
For a long time, the first fishing port of the Var, Le Lavandou was originally only a district of the municipality of Bormes Les Mimosas. Raised to the rank of municipality a hundred years ago, Le Lavandou has now more than 6,000 inhabitants year-round. Formerly called “Le Lavadour”, the town would take its name from the Provençal dialect “lavadou”: the place where one washes the linen, thanks to the presence of the Creek of the Old which made it possible to its inhabitants to wash their linen and their crockery.
Boardwalk along the pier, Saint Louis church, Provencal markets, you will enjoy strolling through the narrow streets of Le Lavandou and why not mingle with its inhabitants to share a game of pétanque on the central square.
Leave the pier and join the Bay of Saint Clair to discover the Painter’s Path. Authentic cultural meeting place, Le Lavandou has welcomed and inspired many personalities and neo-impressionist painters (Jean Cocteau, Theo Van Rysselberghe, Henri Edmond Cross, François Rabelais…).
One of the most beautiful heritages of Le Lavandou: its 12 beaches of fine sand spread over its 12 kilometres of coastline.
Hidden or steep creeks, better equipped and supervised beaches, or private beaches, no doubt that you will find your happiness on one of the beaches of the town.
From Le Lavandou, board a ferry to the Golden Islands (Le Levant, Port-Cros and Porquerolles). Being authentic little paradises, each of the islands is an invitation to discover the treasures that nature has in store for us.
Perched on the hill overlooking Le Lavandou, Bormes les Mimosas is a typical Provencal village. Go to the castle to admire the view of the Lavandou Bay and the Golden Islands.
Another must in Provence: its many many vineyards. From the Château de Brégançon to La Londe les Maures, there are dozens of wineries to discover for tastings or walks in the vineyards.
No need for an introduction anymore.. Saint Tropez, its bell tower, its pier and its yachts and its famous Place des Lices. Only 40km from the hotel, we encourage you to drive there and enjoy the different viewing points along the road.
Discover the Var
The Var is a privileged touristic destination and more than one stay will be necessary to discover all its treasures. From the pretty town of Hyères, which hosts international events every year (Fashion Festival, Olympic Sailing Week), don’t miss the visit of its historical centre and its Templar Tower and take a stroll around Giens at the tip of the double tombolo. On the other side of Toulon and its harbour, you can discover the cellars and vineyards of Bandol. Don’t forget to make a detour to Le Castellet, a highly perched village, which hosts major car races and a motorcycle grand prix every year.
Further inland, discover the Thoronet Abbey and the Chartreuse de la Verne in the Massif des Maures, overlooking the village of Collobrières, known for its chestnut sweets. Make a stop for a hike in the Massif de la Sainte Baume then continue to the Verdon (Alpes de Haute Provence) to discover its canyon and the magnificent Lake of Sainte Croix.
Very appreciated by sportspeople, all your desires of escapades should be fulfilled in the Var. Water sports lessons, hikes along the Coastal Path, cycling, walking and mountain bike rides, scuba diving baptisms: there’s something for everyone!