Sainte Maxime – Beaches, old town, restaurants

Sainte Maxime is well positioned with more than 10 kilometres of white sandy beaches along the coast including La Nartelle which is renowned for its fine sand and clear waters where water sports of every description are available.

Sainte Maxime Map
Sainte Maxime Map

La Nartelle is the biggest sandy beach nearest to the villa.

La Nartelle Sainte Maxime
La Nartelle Sainte Maxime

 

Pointe des Sardinaux
Pointe des Sardinaux

The Pointe des Sardinaux sits between the beaches of La Nartelle and La Madrague, on the photo above, La Nartelle can be seen to the right and La Madrague to the left.

La Madrague has opportunities for  scuba diving with H2O Scuba and to the west of the town, Garonnette and La Plage des Eléphants beaches have water skiing, windsurfing, jet skiing and snorkelling.    La Plage des Eléphants was named after local author Jean de Brunhoff who wrote the childrens’ much loved series “Babar”.

H2O Scuba Saint Maxime
Yours truly H2O Scuba Saint Maxime

The Sainte-Maxime’s Plage du Centre Ville (town beach), has a central location right in front of the Casino with a restaurant.  It is flat and sandy and ideal for families because it is sheltered, ensuring the swimming is very safe.  Havana Plage and Paris Plage both have good on-the-beach restaurants.  The beaches are particularly popular with families, however in mid-summer they are virtually full and there is no shade so it is advisable to bring or rent a parasol.

In addition to all types of water sports, there are also two sports halls and many outdoor facilities including tennis, an 18 hole golf course, hiking, archery, horse riding and mountain biking to enjoy.  A cycling path along most of the coast towards St. Tropez and Port Grimaud has recently been extended and touring the Massif des Maures by foot or by bike is a popular way to explore the countryside.   Two modern shopping centres, a casino and even a music school are available for visitors as well as a cinema and a theatre.

The Botanical Gardens (Jardin Botanique de Ste Maxime) also called Parc des Myrtes, is found beside the N98 opposite Le Croissette plage.  This large, shady botanical park is very quiet and peaceful despite being so near the busy beaches.    A tranquil area full of regional trees and bushes, this is a pleasant place to sit and ponder and there is also a children’s playground and space for picnicking.

Sainte Maxime Town.

The streets of the town are pedestrianised so there is ample opportunity to visit the shops and cafés which line the streets in the old town opposite the harbour.     There is a daily covered market at Rue Fernand Bessy near the market place.  Every Monday, the ‘Capet’ food market in Ave. George Clemenceau takes place and every Thursday in Place des Sarrazine regional produce, fruit and vegetables are sold.  On Fridays, the Marché Forain in Place Jean Mermoz holds a large mixed market.

The ferry to Saint Tropez goes from the port. In the summer this is the only sensible way of visiting Saint Tropez.