St Mandrier Sur Mer Destination Guide

Situated across the harbour from Toulon is the charming fishing village of St Mandrier Sur Mer. The coastline is popular with fishermen, swimmers and scuba divers, evidently, there are two very good scuba diving clubs.

Activities

If you enjoy hiking there are many walking trails up the luscious green hills that surround the village with beautiful views of Toulon, the lles d’Or as well as the bay of Tamaris.

There is a chapel dedicated to San Marino found behind the harbour dating back to 1845. The Saint Louis chapel was founded in 1830 and is also worth a visit. The Cap Capet lighthouse is lovely and was rebuilt in 1950, after the bombings in 1944. You could visit the marina, which is clean and well maintained as are the beaches. There are five beaches in total, some sandy and others with pebbles, however, you can enjoy water sports and activities such as kite surfing, kite sailing, swimming and diving.

If you don’t mind a short drive, you could visit Toulon. This French naval base has a wide variety of things to see and do such as taking a cable car, or walking if you are up to it, up Mont Faron. From the top, the panoramic views are breathtaking and you can go on walking trails or even visit a sanctuary for wild cats. You could take a tour of the military harbour and visit the museum with its 18th century gatehouse and mound of naval paraphernalia.

The beaches are sandy, clean and well facilitated – many of them carry the blue flag award. If you enjoy Provençal markets then you must visit Cours Lafayett. Vendors sell everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, olive oil and cheeses to freshly baked pastries and bread. The street is long and pedestrianised and the market is open every morning except for Mondays.

Travel

The city of Toulon is a mere 15 km south of the village. Toulon-Hyeres Airport is around 38 km away via the A570.

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