Located on the French Riviera in the Var department, the seaside resort of Le Lavandou is known for being one of the finest in the region. Its mild climate, picturesque landscapes and twelve beautiful beaches make this place a popular summer destination. From the Massif des Maures to the islands of Levant and Port-Cros, activities abound and that impress every visitor who are delighted to take in the festivities and good restaurants in town.
Founded by Genoese fishermen, Le Lavandou has been part of the neighbouring town of Bormes before becoming a popular tourist destination. Facing the sea, the resort offers a vast marina and twelve main beaches that earned it the nickname "the twelve sands resort ". The colour of the sand varies from white to dark brown in places. The Anglade, Saint-Clair, La Fossette, Aiguebelle, Jean Blanc, L'Elephant, Rossignol, Le Layet, Cavaliere, Cap Negre and Pramousquier.
St Clair beach in Lavandou - between public areas and private beaches
The efforts of the town to protect its assets have been rewarded with several awards such as "Pavillon Bleu of Europe", "Pavillons Etoiles de Mer" and "Swimming Water Certification." The beaches of Saint-Clair (towards Saint-Tropez, particularly popular with windsurfers), Cavaliere (in the shade of pine trees) and Grande Plage Beach offer from May to September amphibious chairs to allow everyone to enjoy the pleasures of swimming. The latter is the most family orientated and offers many activities: diving, water skiing, sailing, pedal boat rental and beach equipment for hire ...
Anglade Beach - View of the port of Bormes
Anglade Beach is the most fashionable, with its private areas and restaurants. Easily accessible, it is bordered by a promenade that leads to the Port of Bormes.
La Fossette - a beautiful beach in a natural setting
For holiday makers in search of peace and quiet, the beaches of La Fossette and Elephant are ideal, less crowded and untamed. The track can be difficult from Jean Blanc Beach (accessible by steep stairs from the bike path) but the beautiful vegetation and views make it worthwhile. It's the same for the Rossignol Beach, probably the most secret, bordered by rocks well hidden. Pramousquier Beach consists of black and white sand, near the area of the same name.
Jean Blanc with its extra fine coloured sand
Nudist enthusiasts are not forgotten! Around the Layet point (before the Cap Negre where there are, among others, the family house of Bruni-Sarkozy), there is the famous Layet Beach with one of the best cabins of the French Riviera where you can enjoy fresh fish or bouillabaisse on a wooden pier (not just for naturists!). Around you, a few discrete coves also very charming.
A small cove on the Layet point
Plages.tv team has selected the most beautiful beaches of the Lavandou for you to discover on your holiday on the Var coast.
From the Lavandou harbour to Fossette Beach, the coastal path is a nice walk and if weather permits do not hesitate to sail to the islands of Levant, Port Cros and Porquerolles. From the port of Lavandou, you can go on Bormes les Mimosas beaches using the Littoral trail by taking the direction for Cap Benat. The further away you go, the more you discover the secret places and the small coves.
The town is also popular for its many markets where you can discover the gastronomy and local crafts. The main market is on the avenue Vincent Auriol all year round and, during the summer, the Cap Negre Avenue hosts the flea market “Puces à Cavaliere”. Every Wednesday in July and August, night-time craft market is a delight for tourists. Visiting the area is the opportunity to discover the vineyards and villages of Bormes-les-Mimosas, la Moôe, Collobrières ... The first is a medieval city of the XII century with its typical Provençal squares and chapels. You can admire the Fort of Bregançon. The Mole is the oldest village in the area, dating back to 1008. Grimaud offers beautiful landscapes between land and sea and further on, Saint-Raphaël allows you to explore the Massif de l'Esterel and coves of Boulouris, not to mention the coves of Anthéor and Trayas. Forty kilometres away, the mythical village of Saint-Tropez and its market of Provence are a must-to-see, but beware of the crowd!