Feel Le Lavandou with our top 3 sensory experiences…
See the town’s international port, which boasts no less than 1,100 berths
Smell the lush Mediterranean vegetationsurrounding Le Lavandou, contributing to its ‘Ville Fleurie’ label
Touch the warm Mediterranean waters off the Plage du Rayol or Plage de l’Escale, both boasting blue flag status and excellent for swimming.
Once a humble fishing village, Le Lavandou is now a family-friendly beach resort with a small but intact old town and 12km of golden sand along the Var coast. Despite its small size it boasts an international port with 1,100 berths divided into three docks, along a stretch of over seven hectares of water, and the whole resort is surrounded by a protected expanse of lush Mediterranean vegetation – in fact, Le Lavandou is a listed Ville Fleurie. Le Lavandou’s founders and first inhabitants were Genoese and Catalan fishermen, attracted by the rich fishing in its surrounding waters. Originally a hamlet under the wing of neighbouring Bormes-les-Mimosas, Le Lavandou became an independent town in its own right in 1913.
Le Lavandou’s shoreline is of course its main draw: beaches and creeks blend into different colours, from azure and amethyst to the bright turquoise of the sea. Diminutive Plage du Rayol and Plage de l’Escale are particularly enchanting, fringed by fragrant pine trees with a restaurant on the sand – and if you follow the coastal road west you'll reach Plage du Layet, the beautiful beach at neighbouring Cavalière. All are wonderfully safe for swimming and watersports, with their Blue Flag status. To see more of the area, take a boat trip to the Îles des Hyères, four picturesque islands shimmering a short distance off the coast (Porquerolles, Port-Cros, Bagaud and Levant).