Once a fishing village, Le Lavandou is now a seaside resort that deserves a diversion through its beaches as far as the eye can see, its transparent waters, its dolphins and its landscapes.
Located at the foot of the Maures Massif and facing the Golden Islands, Le Lavandou is an authentic fishing village. Although there are very few left, Le Lavandou was founded just a century ago by Genoese and Catalan fishermen attracted by the particularly fishy sea.
Le Lavandou is also an excellent base for discovering the surrounding natural heritage. Its beaches are among the most beautiful in Provence and it is a privileged port for visiting the Hyeres Islands.
Le Lavandou is particularly famous for its beaches: it boasts an incredible number of beaches stretching along its 12 km of coastline, from the Anglade district to the Pramousquier district.
Each one has different characteristics and a picturesque nickname: whether you are sportsmen looking for excitement, families with children or young couples, you will find the beach for you.
It is a beautiful beach of fine sand called La Branchée.
Given its considerable size and fine sand, this beach is particularly suitable for families: children can happily play with balls and let off steam in a thousand different games.
In addition, there are numerous restaurants right on the beach and a beautiful wooden pedestrian promenade from the end of Avenue Général Bouvet to Port de Bormes.
In the heart of Le Lavandou is a large sandy beach, called La Familiale, lined with palm trees facing the islands of Levante and Port-Cros.
Surrounded by a beautiful pedestrian seafront promenade, you will find numerous bathing establishments with restaurants and the possibility of practising many water activities such as diving clubs, pedalo rental, water skiing, sailing school, canoeing and kayaking. In fact, the beach will delight windsurfers on days with an easterly wind.
Aiguebelle beach, called la Charmeuse, is a beautiful beach of fine sand alternating with discrete coves, 4 km from the centre of the Lavandou.
The golden sand and transparent water will give you a private and quiet corner of paradise. Scuba diving enthusiasts will be enchanted by the small rocky coves with their crystal-clear waters. The underwater life of Le Lavandou is particularly rich: you can easily admire bream, gobies, octopus, sea urchins, soles hidden in the sand.
La Fossette beach, also known as La sorridente, is a beautiful beach 3 km from the town centre.
This magnificent beach of fine sand with its clear waters, its verdant setting, the colour of the water is truly an enchanting place, seducing visitors with its beauty reminiscent of famous paradise islands from a catalogue.
Equipped with restaurants and parasols, it can be reached on foot via a beautiful coastal path.
Rossignol beach, called the secret, is a pretty cove 6 km from the town centre. More than a beach, it is an intimate and quiet cove: this corner of paradise, lined with rocks, is particularly frequented by those who enjoy a full tan.
Access is somewhat difficult: one has to descend a steep and craggy path.
The Saint-Clair beach, called the Pearl, is a magnificent sandy beach 1.5 km from the town centre.
With its clear, transparent waters, it is perfect for exploring the seabed around the ‘whale’, a rocky point that characterises Saint-Clair beach.
Saint-Clair beach is a beautiful family beach with a splendid view of the Iles d’Or, Le Levant and Port-Cros. Don’t miss the sunrises and evenings on full moon days, when you can admire extraordinary views of the moon over the sea.
The elephant beach is located about 5.5 km from the centre of the town of Le Lavandou and is nicknamed the wild one, precisely because of its unspoilt appearance, sheltered from view.
With its fine white and silvery sand, access to this beach is by no means convenient: in fact, one has to descend more than 100 steps to get to Jean Blanc beach, walk a few metres in the sand and pass the rocks jutting out into the sea.
Pramousquier beach, called la Mystérieuse, is located 8 km from the centre of Le Lavandou. Its name comes from the fact that it is accessed via small paths and is less easy to find than the town’s other beaches.
Surrounded by greenery and isolated from the crowds, Pramousquier beach is sheltered by Cap Nègre and is characterised by black and white sand that seduces with its beauty in all seasons.
Layet beach, also called l’Anse du Boucanier, is located 6 km from the centre of Le Lavandou.
It is a well-known beach in the Var region, as naturism is practised there. Surrounded by dense vegetation consisting of pine, eucalyptus and mimosa trees, it is accessible by small paths leading to this paradisiacal beach.
There are also small coves around the superb rocky point of Layet. Don’t leave the beach without tasting the delicious dishes at the Chez Jo restaurant, eating with your feet in the water or in the sand.
The Cap Nègre beach, called La pacifica, is located 7 km from the centre of the town of Lavandou.
This beautiful sandy beach is surprising for the colour of its fine sand in shades of red. Access is not easy and you have to walk past the rocks separating it from the Cavaliere beach.
A natural continuation of the beach du Cap Negre, the Cavalière beach, known as la sporting, is located 7 km from the centre of Le Lavandou.
The name already reveals its main feature: the possibility of practising all kinds of water and beach activities such as parasailing, jet skiing, water skiing, beach volleyball, pedalo hire and many other sports.
Situated between Cap Nègre and Pointe du Layet, in places you will find shade provided by the superb pine trees that line the fine sandy beach.
Jean Blanc beach is located 5.5 km from the centre of Le Lavandou: a superb wild beach, it is accessible via very steep steps.
Shaded by lush vegetation, it reveals itself to be a true piece of paradise with its clear waters and its secluded and quiet location.
Moreover, its white sand with silver grains has given it the nickname L’écrin d’argent, or The Silver Casket.
This enchanting village is the perfect summer holiday destination: it combines all the typical charm of Provence with the beauty of the Côte d’Azur sea.
Fountains are the symbol of life and can be found in every village in Provence. In Le Lavandou, there are no fewer than 14 of them, offering passers-by their crystal-clear murmur like a magical spell.
The itinerary of the 14 fountains, which dot the town with their cheerful gurgling, can be found in detail at the Tourist Office: the circuit winds its way through the narrow alleyways of the centre, framed by the colourful palaces, and you can thus discover all the Provençal charm of this town.
Don’t miss the fountain of the three dolphins and the fountain-washers, a true symbol of the town.
Every Thursday morning, all year round, one of the most beautiful markets in the Var takes place in Le Lavandou. You will find fruit, vegetables, local produce, flowers: each season colours the stalls of the Provençal market in a different way.
A stroll through the market is a must, to experience a picturesque atmosphere full of all the scents of Provence.
If you don’t have much time and would like to take an overview of the coastline, there is the little beach train, which is particularly fun for those travelling with children in tow.
The little train takes the coastal path to the Pramousquier beach: you will enjoy a superb walk along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the Var region.
If you wish to reach the beaches by bicycle or simply discover Le Lavandou in a different way, you can take the old Train des Pignes railway line, which has been completely reconverted and upgraded into a safe and accessible cycle path for all.
This regularly shaded route, thanks to the abundant vegetation, is particularly suitable for families. It runs alongside the sea for 8 kilometres, from Le Lavandou to Pramousquier.
In summer, in the stretch of sea in front of Le Lavandou, it is possible to meet dolphins and sometimes even whales.
Le Lavandou is in fact part of the Pelagos Sanctuary, a maritime area covered by an agreement between Italy, Monaco and France. The aim is to protect this unique natural territory in Europe.
With its 87,500 km² of maritime space, the Pelagos Sanctuary holds a biological heritage of great value, frequented by many species of cetaceans such as sperm whales, dolphins and whales, as well as 8500 animal species.
The summer period is the best time to meet curious dolphins, huge whales or even to see their births. Sighting excursions depart from various locations besides Le Lavandou: Villefranche-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap Ferrat, Antibes, Mandelieu-La Napoule, Saint-Raphaël, Sainte-Maxime or Hyères.
Many operators on the Côte d’Azur will allow you to get as close as possible to these large mammals: a unique opportunity to photograph and meet dolphins and whales in their natural environment, without compromising their tranquillity.
In the following map you can see the location of the main places of interest mentioned in this article
Le Lavandou, a small seaside resort open all year round, offers a range of accommodation to suit everyone: holiday flats for rent, hotels, B&Bs, holiday villages and campsites.
You will have no difficulty finding accommodation to suit your budget, in the heart of the village or by the sea.
The town can be reached via the A8, A57 or A50 motorways, exit Hyères, le Muy or Brignoles.
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Le Lavandou is a small village on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, facing the famous Golden Islands of Hyeres, in the heart of the French Riviera.