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Sainte-Maxime

3.9
Beaches · Piers & Boardwalks · Scuba & Snorkeling
Sainte-Maxime is a commune and city in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. I.e. on the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) in southeastern France 90km from Nice and 130km from Marseille.VillageThe small town is south facing at the northern shore of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. In the north the Massif des Maures mountain range protects it from cold winds of the Mistral. Sainte Maxime was founded around 1000 AD by the Monks from the Lérins Islands outside Cannes. They built a monastery and named the village after one of the Saints of their order - Maxime. Fishing was the mainstay for the inhabitants but during the early 19th century increasing amounts of lumber, cork, olive oil and wine was shipped to Marseilles and to Italy. The village grew and in the 20th century it started to attract artists, poets and writers who enjoyed the climate, the beautiful surroundings and the azure blue water. In front of the old town you find the characteristic tower - La Tour Carrée - built by the monks in the early 16th century to protect the village from invaders. With an addition of a battery of cannons and with the Tour du Portalet in Saint Tropez the whole bay was protected. As late as in the beginning of the 19th century, Napoleon ordered a restoration of the battery while also adding cannons on the Lérins Islands. The tower is now a museum.
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Plage de la Nartelle ©
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Plage de la Nartelle
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Port de Sainte-Maxime
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Port de Sainte-Maxime
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Kelys
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Kelys
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Sainte-Maxime

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Port Grimaud Grimaud
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours Castellane
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
TakSea Saint-Raphael
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Hidden gems in Sainte-Maxime

Pointe des Sardinaux ©
Wildlife Area
Pointe des Sardinaux
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Domaine des Beaucas ©
Winery / Vineyard
Domaine des Beaucas
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Promenade Aymeric Simon Loriere
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Aqualand Saint Maxime
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Sainte-Maxime

Jardin Botanique des Myrtes
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Jardin Botanique des Myrtes
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Plage de la Madrague
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Le Paddock Plage Privee Sainte Maxime
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Plage du Centre Ville
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Plage du Centre Ville
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Museums in Sainte-Maxime

Galerie Regard ©
Art Gallery
Galerie Regard
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Musee de la Tour Carree ©
History Museum
Musee de la Tour Carree
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Duration: 1h 30 min

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Zipline
Zipline
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Waterskiing / Jetskiiing
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
3.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
Water Glisse Passion ©
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Water Glisse Passion
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La Cave du Marche
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La Cave du Marche
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Domaine de La Pierre Plantee ©
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Domaine de La Pierre Plantee
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Duration: 30 minutes
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Canyon
Les Gorges du Verdon Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
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Duration: 1h 30 min

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