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All information gathered first-hand, since 1995



On our visit to Le Lavandou in Feb 1997, a small fire near the fishing-boat part of the port brought out the local firemen for a display of efficiency (photo).

Le Lavandou is on the "Corniche des Maures", where the sides of the Massif des Maures mountains join the sea. The area along the coast there is very built-up, but the Maures are directly behind and easy to get to.



History of Le Lavandou

Name

First record, , about 1700: Lauvandoun. This is variation Lavadou, a synonym of Lavoir, or of Lavandula stoecha, a very Provencal lavender flower.

Gallo-Roman: The Greek city of Alconis was established in the Cavalière Bay, about 4 km to the east.

Medieval: Sainte Catherine de Sienne embarked from Lavandou in 1376, when she convinced Pope Gregory XI to leave Avignon for Rome. Saint François-de-Paule landed here in 1481, and the local fishermen carry a statue of him in processions in the adjoining Bormes-les-Mimosas. In 1524, Le Lavandou was pillaged and burnt several times by the "connétable", the head of the Royal Army under the Bourbons. In 1529, Maures pirates ravaged the town, and in 1539, Charles-Quint's fleet had their turn. The location was established as a residential town about 1730, by Genoan fishermen, and grew in 1765 with the arrival of Catalan.


Tourist Office

Bvd de Lattre de Tassigny (opposite the marina)

Tel : 0494 71 00 61; Fax: 04 94 64 73 79

Web: www.ot-lelavandou.fr/

Email: info@lelavandou.com

Dates

Corso fleuri: March
Boat Show: April
Windsurf Week: May
Artisanal Food Fair: June
Custom-Car Show: June
Fête de la St-Jean: 24 June
Fête de la St-Pierre: end June
Foire Artisanale: Sept
Market: Thur mornings. It's a good big market, at the end of Ave Vincent Auriol. We have several photos from Le Lavandou in Beyond's Markets section.


Transportation Le Lavandou

The Toulon-Hyères airport is at Hyères, 22 km to the west.

Department 83, Var Buses

See Beyond's Var Department Bus Schedules for downloading the Var bus-lines map [Plan du Reseau] and bus-line schedules [Horaires] (link for PDF files).

  • Schedules for the Var bus lines are on the VarLib Horaires-Ligne page (http://www.varlib.fr/horaires_ligne/?rub_code=6") - type the line number in the Numéro ... ligne box to access the bus schedule PDF link. (Type a couple of digits in the box to get a list of route numbers.)
  • Hyères Airport - St-Tropez Bus 7803

    Var bus line 7803 connects the Toulon-Hyères Airport with all the towns along the coast to Saint Tropez.
     
    - For Hyères or Toulon, transfer (at any of the stops) to line 7801.
     
    - For Grimaud, St Maximin, Fréjus, transfer at St Tropez to line 7601.
     
    The complete route for bus line 7803 is: Hyères Les Palmiers airport, La Londe-les-Maures, Bormes-les-Mimosas, Le Lavandou, Le Rayol-Canadel, Cavalaire-sur-Mer, La Croix-Valmer, Gassin, La Foux, St Tropez.
     
    Schedules for the Var bus lines are on the VarLib Horaires-Ligne page (http://www.varlib.fr/horaires_ligne/?rub_code=6") - type the line number (7803) in the Numéro ... ligne box to access the bus schedule PDF link. (Type a couple of digits in the box to get a list of route numbers.)

    Toulon - Le Lavandou - St-Tropez Bus 7801

    Var bus line 7801 connects the Toulon with all the towns along the coast to Saint Tropez (but not the airport).
     
    - For the Toulon-Hyères Airport, transfer at La Londe-les-Maures to line 7803.
     
    - For Grimaud, St Maximin, Fréjus, transfer at St Tropez to line 7601.
     
    The complete route for bus line 7801 is: Toulon, La Valette, La Garde, La Crau, Hyères (center), La Londe-les-Maures, Bormes-les-Mimosas, Le Lavandou, Le Rayol-Canadel, Cavalaire-sur-Mer, La Croix-Valmer, Gassin, La Foux, St Tropez.
     
    Schedules for the Var bus lines are on the VarLib Horaires-Ligne page (http://www.varlib.fr/horaires_ligne/?rub_code=6") - type the line number (7801) in the Numéro ... ligne box to access the bus schedule PDF link. (Type a couple of digits in the box to get a list of route numbers.)

    The main rail line runs through Toulon, 43 km west.

    Vedettes Ile d'Or et Le Corsaire

    This company has boat tours to the three islands, Porquerolles, Port-Cros, Le Levant as well as along the coast between the towns of Le Lavandou, Cavalaire, La Crox-Valmer and Saint Tropez. Schedules (horaires) and prices (tarifs) are available directly from their website.
    •   Location: Harbour Station; at the Port, far western part near the beach, beside the Gare Maritime across from the Office de Tourisme.
    •   Entry: Prices are given on the Vedettes Ile d'Or website; it's 25 euros (2010) from Le lavandou to Port-Cros or Le Levant.
    •   Tel: 0494 710 102
    •   Email: info@vedettesilesdor.fr
    •   Web: www.vedettesilesdor.fr
    •   Locations (tickets and debarkment) at Le Lavandou, Cavalaire, La Croix-Valmer.


    Hiking

    • Latitude, Longitude: 43.136803, 6.365852

    Maps

    IGN (1/25,000) #3446 ET "Le Lavandou, Parc Nat. Port-Cros, Corniche Maures"

    Michelin "green (1/100,000) #114 "French Riviera - Var"

    Didier Richard (1/50,000) #25 "Maures Haut-Pays Varois"

    The Massif des Maures is full of great hiking trails, including the long-distance Grandes Randonnées GR 51 and GR 90, local trails and many possible loop hikes.
    • The GR 90 starts on the road between Le Lavandou and Bormes-les-Mimosas, and crosses the Maures to the north. It passes Collobrières (about 15 km) before joining the east-west GR 9. A good hiking guidebook is the "FFRP - Massifs Provencaux (ref. 906)".
    • The GR 51 (The Balcony of the Cote d'Azur) crosses through the Maures a couple of km north of Le Lavandou. To join the GR 51, you can take a local trail from La Fouasse, just to the east, or follow the GR 90 up through Bormes-les-Mimosas.
    • A coastal hiking path goes south, past Port de Bormes and around the Cap Bénat. To the east, this path follows the coast past Cavalière and around the Cap Nègre.
    • There are loop hiking trails around two of the Hyères islands. Porquerolles is the largest; Port-Cros is more hilly and forested.


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