In the surroundings
The region around Sanary
The region offers numerous recreational opportunities for water and wind lovers, but also hikers and cyclists get their money’s worth with tours in the Calanques or in the direction of Hyères as well as further inland.
Golf enthusiasts have a fantastic, challenging course only 15 minutes away (Golf de Dolce Frégate Provence). Many other exciting opportunities to play golf are available within a radius of less than 0.5 – 2 hours’ drive.
Racing and motor sport addicts can enjoy the nearby racetrack Circuit Paul Ricard – Le Castellet (20 km).
Small excursions in the region to les Ambiers, La Cadière d’Azur, Le Castellet, Cassis or Hyères with its offshore islands and the Foundation Carmingnac offer a lot of variety and relaxing moments.
The Mediterranean cuisine is known for its many great fruits and vegetables, fresh fish and other delicacies. The wine region around Bandol with the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) Bandol is an insider tip for wine connoisseurs. You will find exceptional white, red and rosé wines and possibilities for wine tasting.
Nearby in Portissol
Within walking distance, you will find all you need for your daily supplies. On the boulevard Dr. Raphael Boyer you have an excellent bakery and a small general store on the right. A little further down the street there is a pharmacy, a café and a shop with bathing supplies and other useful things.
There are two restaurants on Portissol beach: Le Bard’ô and O Petit Monde – one French and one Italian. Le Bard’ô is offers plenty of variety for a sundowner, small appetite or large menu. O Petit Monde prepares exceptional, somewhat robust pasta dishes and surprises with other very fine dishes.
O Petit Monde prepares exceptional, somewhat robust pasta dishes and surprises with other very fine dishes. Make sure to reserve a table in advance!
Nearby in Beaucours
Beaucours is a quiet residential area of Sanary located a little away from the usual summer hustle and bustle. It is easy to reach and is located between Bandol and the old town of Sanary.
Shopping for daily needs can be found around the Rondpoint de Purkersdorf, named after the Austrian twin town of Sanary.
More shopping and restaurants can be found in Portissol or Sanary-sur-Mer itself.
For bulk grocery shopping, there are several supermarkets either back towards the highway exit of Bandol or when driving through Sanary towards Toulon. Some of the supermarkets (Casino) are open 24/7.
The city of Sanary-sur-Mer
Sanary-sur-Mer fascinates by its harbor and its old town. The harbor and city center are traffic-calmed, and port area is mostly a pedestrian zone. Parking is available at the end of Boulevard Dr. Raphael Boyer on the left or on the east side of the harbor as well as in town.
Foreign newspapers can be purchased at the kiosk in the harbor (mostly from the previous day).
At the end of the harbor promenade is a daily market with colorful vegetables, fruits, fish and other wonderful foods until about 12:30. Fish can also be purchased directly from the fishermen.
On Wednesday mornings there is a typical French market with all kinds of products such as clothing, shoes, table linen, baskets, and more food. The marketplace has been awarded as the most beautiful market in France. It is recommended to go early in the morning to explore because of the heat and the many visitors. Here, too, people start packing up again around 12:30.
During the summer months, there is also a daily night market on the harbor promenade. Don’t miss out on the atmosphere.
There are many restaurants in town for lunch and dinner. The Restaurant de la Tour on the harbor, for example, serves excellent seafood.
But the many cafés and restaurants along the promenade also invite you for a café au lait with croissant in the morning, a café gourmand (espresso with small delicacies) in the afternoon and an aperitif in the evening.
The old town is located in the alleys behind the port. Just dive in and discover the many small boutiques, grocery stores and pubs. The stores close over lunch between 12:30 and 15:30, and in the evening they close around 19:00.
Beach and sea
The sandy beach of Portissol is only a few meters away from our studio and invites you to swim and snorkel. On very stormy days, especially in spring and autumn, when the beach is closed for swimming, surfers enjoy this bay.
Those who prefer to enter the water on rocks can do so at Kima Plage or behind the restaurant O Petit Monde.
The Maisonnette is located at the Baie de Cousse and the Plage de Beaucours, a pebble beach. This small cove overlooking the island de Bendor is in a residential area a bit off the main roads.
Other sandy beaches nearby are la Plage Dorée in Bandol on the way back to the motorway and the long beach at Six-Fours-les-Plages on the other side of Sanary. All water sports are possible there as well.
Excursions in the vicinity
The whole region offers a wide variety of excursions.
Worth exploring are the small medieval towns of Cassis or Le Castellet but also the City of Toulon (15 km) or of course Marseille (about 50 km).
Les Calanques are great for hiking and is one of the most beautiful French national parks. Hikes usually start in Cassis. A nice hike with a view of the sea takes you from La Ciotat to Cassis. Or take a walk along the coast between Les Lecques to Bandol.
There are also great destinations for golfers in the area:
- Golf la Fregate (15 minutes away)
- Golf of Valgarde (30 minutes)
- Golf de Marseille la Salette (45 minutes)
- Golf de la Sainte Baume (60 minutes)
- Golf de Barbaroux (75 minutes)
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