8 Best Things To Do In Le Lavandou, France

things to do in le lavandou france

Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, Le Lavandou is an idyllic township where the mayor had once passed an unusual bylaw which makes it illegal for anyone to die in the small town. The city of culture offers a broad range of leisure, entertainment, festivities, quality accommodations, numerous shops and very good restaurants. Also called the city of the dolphins and whales, Le Lavandou has 12 sandy beaches with a variety of fine sands, grain sizes and different colors.

Le Lavandou has a mild and temperate climate as well as hot, dry summers, making it the perfect place to spend some quality time outdoor. You can reach Le Lavandou from Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport either by taking the train and changing train in Toulon or taking the bus lines (7801 and 8814) from Toulon to Le Lavandou. For the active, outdoorsy type travelers, these eight fun outdoor activities can’t be missed:

1. Hiking at Sentier du littoral

The coastal trail from Le Lavandou is a 3-kilometer (2-mile) stroll along the sea, offering a breathtaking view of the islands of Port-Cros and Le Levant. This walk is set in magnificent panoramas, giving you a moment to get closer to nature. A walk through the trail will take you about a 20 minute journey one way. There’s also a bike path if you prefer to ride a bike instead of hiking. To get to the trail, head to the Port of Lavandou on the right of the tunnel. Remember to wear a pair of comfy shoes, some protective headgear and sunscreen, especially in the summer.

Sentier du littoral

Address: Sentier du Littoral, 83980 Le Lavandou, France

Website: Sentier du littoral (in French)

2. Scuba diving and snorkeling at Pramousqueir Beach

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One of the 12 sandy beaches worth checking out, Pramousqueir Beach is home to plenty of amazing accommodations by the beach. For beachgoers, you can sunbathe, swim, play water sports or go scuba diving and snorkeling, all in one place. Watching the sunset is one of the best things to do while you’re here!

Pramousqueir Beach

Address: 83980 Le Lavandou, France

Website: Pramousqueir Beach

3. Go sailing on Lavandou's oceans

If you’ve always wanted to rent a boat and go sailing into the ocean, there are plenty of boat renters in Le Lavandou that let you rent a few types of boats with hourly or daily rates. Take your partner for a romantic sail and candlelight dinner on a boat, or sail with your family and friends for some ocean adventure!

4. See all of Le Lavandou on La Grande Roue

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Want a panoramic view of Le Lavandou? Get on the Big Wheel of Le Lavandou! The slow-moving wheel stands about 33 meters (108 feet) high, offering you a breathtaking view of the beach and Le Lavandou’s city center. A ride on the wheel takes three rounds, but that’s enough to sightsee and snap a few amazing photos!

La Grande Roue

Address: Quai Gabriel Péri, 83980 Le Lavandou, France

Facebook: La Grande Roue

5. Golfing at the Mini Golf Exotique

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Another thing for the entire family to enjoy is playing at the mini golf course of Mini Golf Exotique! There are over 10 themed mini golf courses in a tropical setting that would serve as a perfect backdrop to your vacation photos. There’s also a cafe where you can have good hearty meals and enjoy some boozy drinks.

Mini Golf Exotique

Address: Avenue du Grand Jardin 83980 Le Lavandou, France

Website: Mini Golf Exotique (in French)

6. Lavandou Flower Parade

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The Lavandou Flower Parade, which is basically the festival of the sun and flowers, happens in March of every year. One of the most anticipated events in Le Lavandou, the flower parade never fails to attract about 18,000 spectators every year. More than 20,000 chariots are adorned with natural flowers, with charioteers in their finest attires greeting spectators with colorful dances, alongside cheerleaders, musicians, bands and troubadours. There’ll be a reenactment of a famous battle to close the sun and flowers festival.

Lavandou Flower Parade

Address: 83980, Le Lavandou, France

Website: Lavandou Flower Parade

7. Saint-Pierre Festival

Le Lavandou - Eglise Saint-Louis (2009)
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Also known as the feast of St. Peter, the celebration is held in July of every year. The traditional festival features fishermen celebrating the sea and asking the patron saint of fishermen, Saint-Pierre, to give them great catches all year long. The ceremony begins with a procession from the Church of St. Louis and then ends with a sea trip for a blessing of the waves. Some of the programs to look forward include folk dances in front of the City Hall, procession, open air mass (held at Ernest Reyer’s resting place) and ‘blessing at sea’ ceremony.

Saint-Pierre Festival

Address: 83980, Le Lavandou, France

Website: Saint-Pierre Festival

8. The Romérage Festival

The Romérage festival is held every September, reviving an ancient local tradition when Lavandou was still a small fishing hamlet attached to Bormes. Once a year, the villagers would celebrate their religious patron St. Clair by holding a long and solemn procession through the streets. There will be singing and dancing, as well as a procession that leads the participants from the church of Saint-Louis to the front of the St. Clair Chapel. The places are 2 kilometers (1 mile) apart. There will also be three short plays performed on the square of Romérage to conclude this procession before giving way to folk dances.

The Romérage Festival

Address: 83980, Le Lavandou, France

Website: The Romérage Festival

Fun under the sun in Le Lavandou

With a mild and temperate climate, it’s always a breeze to spend a long time outdoor in Le Lavandou. Whether you’re into cultural attractions or sightseeing or would simply like to bask in the sun, Le Lavandou is the place where you get to enjoy all of them!

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Dayana is a freelance writer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She lives by the Rumi quote, "Let the beauty we love be what we do."

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