Set between the Massif des Maures and the Mediterranean Sea, Le Lavandou is a gateway to the French Riviera. The seaside resort is drenched in sunshine for most of the year and boasts some of the best beaches on the Mediterranean coast. Stroll around the charming town centre, visit offshore islands and enjoy the laid-back Provencal lifestyle.
Things to do in Le Lavandou
Le Lavandou’s picturesque town centre will charm you with cobbled streets and sunny plazas. Stop for coffee and croissants at an al fresco café and admire historic landmarks like pastel-coloured Eglise Saint-Louis.
Sunseekers flock to Le Lavandou to enjoy the sultry Mediterranean climate. Choose from 12 postcard-perfect beaches, some lined with palm trees and others backed by low-lying hills. Pavillon Bleu is one of the best, with crystalline water and Blue Flag status. Le Lavandou also boasts some of the top dive sites on the French Riviera, including the Pelagos marine mammal sanctuary.
Ferries depart from the port and take you to offshore islands like Ile de Port Cros and Ile de Porquerolles. Spend the day relaxing on sugar-white sandy beaches, swimming in turquoise bays and exploring scenic walking trails. As you sail around the bay, look out for playful dolphins splashing in the crystal-clear water.
From sun-drenched al fresco cafes to candlelit bistros, Le Lavandou is brimming with places to enjoy authentic cuisine from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Try local dishes such as scrambled eggs with black truffle, rich “ratatouille” stew and fig pesto flavoured with anchovies. Pair your meal with a glass of fruity Provencal wine.
Getting around Le Lavandou
Le Lavandou is located in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. The resort is a two-hour drive from Nice and 1.5 hours from Marseille. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore the region at your own pace.