From Le Lavandou to St Tropez

The coastal road between Le Lavandou and St Tropez, has some of the most beautiful bays, surrounded by high hills and mountains offering shelter, and stunning scenery, which have also restricted any mass development.

From Le Lavandou to St Tropez

The bays of St Clair, Aiguebelle, and Cavaliere, are all wonderful, but my favourite place is the wonderfully named Rayol de Canadel, where I suggest two options.

From Le Lavandou to St Tropez

Either have lunch on the terrace of the impressive Hotel Bailli de Suffren, overlooking its own private beach, or try the very old-fashioned, but delightful ‘Tropicana’ beach restaurant on Canadel Plage, which is like the rest of this coastline used to be fifty years ago.

After leaving Rayol de Canadel, you should follow the coast road through a protected area, which runs for maybe ten miles until you reach the crowded and busy Port of Cavalaire sur Mer, with its large marina, but this is not for me, so push on towards St. Tropez, following the D559, but when you get to La Croix Valmer, turn right onto the D93 which will take you over up into the mountains, and then down towards La Ramatuelle.

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Thursday, August 16th, 2012