Sanary-sur-Mer is a seaside town in the Var department, about ten kilometers from Toulon in southern France.
Port of Sanary sur Mer
The city is famous for its typically small port with its fountains. The best two examples, signed Emile Aldebert, are located on the port side and represent the Marine and the Agriculture. Do not forget to visit the “Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Pitié”, built in 1560. The site offers a beautiful view of the bay of Sanary, the Embiez archipelago and inland. The Roman Tower, built in 1300 now houses the Frederic-Dumas Museum, which is devoted to underwater archaeology. The Exotic Garden of Sanary-Bandol delights children. It overlooks the bay of Bandol and has an amazing collection of tropical plants and many rare animals, giant turtles, marmosets, cockatoos …
A decorated boat in the port of Sanary
Sanary sur Mer with its six beaches is the ideal place to learn to dive and enjoy the sun. The beaches of Lido, La Roche Taillée and Dorée share 400 meters of white sand and are the most crowded. At the bottom of the Bay of Bandol, the Gorguette Beach is also very nice. Bay Cousse Beach is a pebbly beach. On the other side, the beaches of the Esplanade and Portissol are smaller and are lined with pretty houses.
Take advantage of your holiday to visit Six-Fours and particularly the area of Brusc and its small marina.
A Sanary sandy beach in the area of Bandol
It’s impossible not to stop in Toulon, overlooking Mont Faron, a city with a rich history. The Cathedral Sainte-Marie-de-la-Seds is built on the remains of several churches which date back to the fifth century. It is also in Toulon that you will experience the Cours Lafayette, home to one of the most famous markets of Provence. If you have time, go to the opera to enjoy one of its shows. It is renowned for its acoustics and its plans are signed by Garnier. From the “quai Cronstadt”, you can visit the harbour, the marine cemetery at the military arsenal through the Bay of Lazaret and its mussel parks, Saint-Mandrier...
Renécros beach in Bandol
Within an hour you are in Aix-en-Provence, enjoy the trip to make a stop or two to visit the towns and villages: Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, Cassis, Aubagne ... Saint-Cyr- sur-Mer, a few kilometres away, has a lovely beach and a nice walk along the sea front. The town is surrounded by vineyards and pine trees. A La Ciotat near Cassis, you will enjoy the architecture and small churches and taste one of the specialties of the region on the terrace of one of the many restaurants, while enjoying the sun. Birthplace of Marcel Pagnol, don’t miss going to Aubagne, a city surrounded by hills and cliffs. From there, stroll in the vineyards for a change of scenery!
Finish with the discovery of the Calanques of Marseille, only about fifty kilometres away!