This is Travel in Marseille Provence travel guide, a guide made by Marseille people for everyone. Here you will find out about Provence best places and travel tips. This page takes you on a journey to one of the most famous towns of the Côte d’Azur Varoise, Le Lavandou, and its 12 sandy beaches.
A modern seaside resort, « Le Lavandou » attracts also people for its beautiful countryside. Walking in and around the town you will discover a luxuriant nature and many gardens. As regards the seaside, it is 12 sandy beaches and a rich seabed. The town is indeed called « la Cité des dauphins » (« the dolphins town ») as there are dolphins swimming nearby. Here you will find all you need to know about the activities of this gorgeous little town.
Discover Le Lavandou Heritage
Le Lavandou must-sees are: the “Castle” also called « la Maison du Lavandou » (« Lavandou’s house ») where you can find the Tourist Office; the 14 fountains, ideal for a refreshing break when it’s getting hot ; the eight gardens with hundreds of vegetal species.
History lovers will also visit the three little chapels like Saint-Clair chapel where an impressive procession takes place in September, « La fête du Romérage ».
Enjoy 12 km of coast and beaches
With no doubt, the most beautiful thing about the town is its 12 beaches. Some of them won the “Pavillon Bleu d’Europe” label, a European label that certifies a high environmental quality, or the “Pavillon Étoiles de Mer” label for swimming waters. From L’Anglade to Pramousquier quarters, discover Le Lavandou twelve fine sandy beaches and its gorgeous hidden coves.
Taste the Lavandourain wines
At the heart of the town is the only wineyard, it’s called the « Domaine de l’Anglade » and has ten grape varieties (six of black grape). The domain uses a traditional method to cultivate its vines, with no herbicides or chemical fertilizer. The vineyard is open to public for visits and wine tasting sessions (reds, whites and rosés).
Domaine de l’Anglade: avenue Vincent Auriol, 83980 Le Lavandou – 04 94 71 10 89. Wine tasting sessions must be pre-booked.
Take a walk in Le Lavandou and its surroundings
The Tourist Office offers different itineraries to discover Le Lavandou. For a short course, try the trail along the coast that takes only forty minutes (return trip). For those who like serious walking, take the walking trail called « Les balcons de Cavalière », about 3h30 with no break. There is a bit of climbing, but it is nothing compared to the beauty of the panoramas you will see!
Escape to « les îles d’Or »
From le Lavandou, you can take the shuttle boat to the three Golden islands: Le Levant, Port-Cros et Porquerolles. Believe us, it is something you don’t want to miss! All islands have an extraordinary flora, a rich seabed, which is one of the most beautiful of Europe. By walk you can discover these amazing sites and admire the breathtaking landscapes.
Port-Cros island can be only discovered by foot, while it’s really pleasant to cross Porquerolles by bike (you can brings yours on boat). Le Levant island only offers 10% of its surface to public, as the rest is a military zone. Be aware that it is possible to sail to Porquerolles from Le Lavandou only between April and October.
It takes 30 minutes to go to Le Levant or Port-Cros islands and 50 to Porquerolles.