La Croix-Valmer travel guide

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La Croix-Valmer is a small town on the Cote d'Azur south-west of Saint-Tropez, in an attractive location with beaches backed by the pine covered Maures Massif, a substantial part of which is now a protected reserve.

Exploring La Croix-Valmer

The town itself has some interesting 'belle-epoque' (early 20th century) villas to see, of which the imposing Maison des Peres du Saint Esprit and the Orangery are the most impressive, but it is true to say that it is the coast, the beaches and the scenery that attract the crowds during the summer months rather than the architecture.

There is also a small open air theatre where performances can be held in summer and some apartments and cafes, and views along the coast to the Iles d'Hyeres, but there is little to detain you in La Croix-Valmer town.

Beaches of La Croix-Valmer

Approach to the beach at La Croix-Valmer

There are several high quality beaches at La Croix-Valmer extending over several kilometres of coastline and in a lovely setting with rocks and trees as a backdrop. The water here is beautifully clear and the beaches are sandy, and have been awarded the 'blue flag' for cleanliness and facilities, which includes free shuttle buses from the town to the most popular of the beaches.

From west (near Cavalaire-sur-Mer) to east the beaches at La Croix-Valmer are: Plage du Debarquement; Plage de la Bouillabaise; Plage du Vergeron; Plage de Sylvabelle; Plage Héraclée; Plage de Gigaro; Plage de Jovat and Plage des Brouis.

The best known and most visited of these beaches are the Plage de Gigaro and the Plage du Débarquement. These two beaches have full facilities and can become quite busy in summer while some of the others are much quieter and have less or no facilities - the choice is yours!


In fact we recommend that during your visit we explore as many of the beaches as possible since they are really quite different in character, and Plage Sylvabelle (involves walking down a flight of steps to get to the beach), Plage Brouis (the most undiscovered and wild of the beaches, beyond the Cap Lardier headland to the south-east and almost an hour walk to get here) and Plage Héraclée are also all very lovely if smaller than the principal beaches.

Interesting to remember when you are here - the beaches around La Croix-Valmer were important landing beaches during the invasion of southern France towards the end of the second world war, in particular the Plage du Débarquement.

Beach at La Croix-Valmer

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When you want a change from beach scenery there are some very attractive coastal paths to follow starting here, with frequent views across the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and the many different facets of the coast here, including Cap Taillat (shown in photograph above). Walks in the Massif de Maures hills are also very attractive.

You should also visit the villages at Gassin and Ramatuelle, both very picturesque and with far reaching views across the coast and the Mediterranean, at less than five kilometres from La Croix-Valmer, and the lovely Port Grimaud, town on the coast nearby that is reminiscent of Venice.

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Gassin, listed as a 'most beautiful village in France' is high on a hill above Saint-Tropez

Gassin guide


A small village just a short distance inland from Saint-Tropez, Ramatuelle can become rather busy - but is also very recommended...

Ramatuelle guide


The focus at family-friendly Cavalaire-sur-Mer is firmly on the beach and related activities

Cavalaire-sur-Mer guide
Port Grimaud

Port Grimaud

The port at Port Grimaud, and the colourful houses along the waterfront, is mostly quite new and very beautifully maintained

Port Grimaud guide


The scenic village of Grimaud is made even more charming by the many gardens and flowers in the village

Grimaud guide


As well as its very famous harbour, town centre and beach Saint-Tropez also has a charming medieval village centre to explore

Saint-Tropez guide

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Address: Croix-Valmer, Saint-Tropez, Draguignan, Provence, 83420, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 43.208611, longitude 6.568889

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Jardin Germaine l’Hardy-Denonain: remarkable garden (3 km)
  • Gassin: most beautiful village (3 km)
  • Grimaud: recommended detour (8 km)
  • Domaine du Rayol: remarkable garden (9 km)
  • Massif des Maures: site of natural beauty (17 km)
  • Bormes-les-Mimosas: ville fleurie 4* (20 km)
  • Jardin d’oiseaux tropicaux: remarkable garden (28 km)
  • Frejus: town of art and history (28 km)
  • Frejus Cathedral cloisters: national monument (28 km)
  • Cathédrale Saint Léonce (Frejus): religious monument (28 km)
  • Eglise de St Raphaël (Saint-Raphael): religious monument (29 km)
  • Parc zoologique de Fréjus: zoo or wildlife park (33 km)

Market days in La Croix-Valmer, France

Regular market(s) are held in La Croix-Valmer each Sunday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at La Croix-Valmer (Francais)