Lavandou photo lavandou040.jpg (7 k) Le Lavandou is a seaside resort town, with all the trappings, such as discos and crowds, but also fine sandy beaches right along side. It was a lovely seaside fishing port, built in 1880, destroyed in 1944, and rebuilt after the war. Today it has an active yacht marina, with the nearest section reserved for the fishing boats still plying their trade. A fish market is held there every morning from 8h-11h, unless the weather prevents the boats from going out.

location map for Le Lavandou area map
Dept: Var (83)

Nearby: | Bormes-les-Mimosas 3 km | Cannes, France 103 km | Cavalaire-sur-Mer 20 km | Frejus 62 km | Hyères 22 km | Maures Mountains | Pierrefeu-du-Var 31 km | Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer 10 km | Saint Tropez 38 km | Sainte Maxime 42 km | Toulon 43 km |

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.



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.

Office de Tourisme

Bvd de Lattre de Tassigny (opposite the marina)

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




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










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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