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Sanary sur Mer

Stopover in Sanary

Well established between Six Fours les Plages, Bandol and Ollioules, visit Sanary-sur-Mer for a typical Provençale getaway. Get carried away for a day in the fishing port or the narrow streets of the village in this picture postcard setting. 
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Discover maritime traditions by the port

Pointus traditionnels
Take a walk along the jetties to see the traditional little fishing boats known as "pointus". Visitors will be charmed by these colourful wooden boats with delightful names such as le Mistigri, le Fanny, le Jojo Dédé…

On fine mornings, you can see fishermen returning to port to sell fish from their boats along the quayside. Gilt-head bream, red mullet and sargos mingle with wrasses and other lion fish that are often used to make fish soup.

Why not take a boat trip on a "pointu" on traditional festival days.

A charming Provençal village

Eglise St Nazaire
Take the narrow pedestrian streets in the city centre to discover fashion boutiques, artisan stalls, and art galleries. Sanary has also become a popular shopping destination in the Var region.

The port facing the sea is home to the Tour Romane, dating from the 13th century, erected to defend the bay it overlooks. It houses the Frédéric Dumas International Diving Museum where you can discover objects and documents related to the history of independent scuba diving and the 3 Musketeers of the sea, Taillez, Cousteau and Dumas.

Opposite the port, the neo-Byzantine facade of the église Saint Nazaire is the departure point for thechemin de croix pilgrimage route, also known as the hill of shrines, with a spectacular view over the city. At the summit is the chapel of Notre Dame de la Pitié, nestled within Portissol hill, once looked after by a hermit.

In time with the Provençal markets

What better than a Provençal market to discover the local products of our region: olive oil, tapenade, provençal fabrics, navette biscuits, colourful fruit and veg... The main market on Wednesday mornings in Sanary is unmissable. Don't hesitate to visit, and make sure you go early as it gets very busy.

In July and August, take advantage of the cool evenings to discover the artisans at the night market with your family.
Marché nocturne
Did you know?

The Zoa exotic animal park is home to more than five thousand tropical plants and some of the most striking animals imported from every continent on the planet. The song of exotic birds accompanies you as you make your way around the park. A wonderful day out for young and old.