Port Grimaud, St.-Aygulf

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Port Grimaud

At the most west part of the Golfe de Saint Tropez is Port Grimaud, sometimes a bit exaggeratedly called the Venice of France. Okay, there are about 2,500 canal side houses and there are water-taxi services, but that's it. The village is still to celibrate its 50th birthday, so it's fairly modern. To get a good picture of the canals you have to climb the tower of the Saint François d'Assise church. More interesting is its"mother village", Grimaud. Grimaud is situated on a hill, six km inland. It's a fortified, traffic-free so-called village-perché.

The busy coastal road N98 in the direction to Fréjus- Saint Raphaël leads to Saint-Aygulf. For me this seaside resort is a sentimental journey destination. I spent a number of summerholidays in the eighties at the local Prexotel,  a base of the foreign legion restyled as a basic holiday camp including swimming pool. The houses were crap, but the atmosphere brilliant. I was looking in vain for this prexotel and after asking some old teethless locals, I came to know that the camp had been demolished entirely and replaced by expensive appartment blocks. Good bye youth!

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Port Grimaud
Port Grimaud
Venice of the Côte dAzur
Venice of the Côte d'Azur
Port Grimaud
Port Grimaud
Saint Aygulf
Saint Aygulf
Saint-Aygulf beach
Saint-Aygulf beach
Saint-Aygulf Grand Parc (former Pr…
Saint-Aygulf Grand Parc (former P…
Saint-Aygulf
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