Sainte-Maxime

Travel Guide

Nestling in the Gulf of Saint Tropez, Sainte Maxime boasts nature, heritage and leisure, all of which have built its reputation as an elegant seaside resort.

Sainte Maxime has one foot firmly on the ground in earthy Provence and the other in the blue waters of the Mediterranean, giving visitors the best of both worlds. Over the course of the last century, this fishing town has turned itself into a popular holiday destination that is easily capable of quenching your thirst for culture, nature, sport and relaxation.

Spread along more than five miles of coastline, Sainte Maxime has numerous public and private beaches. Depending on your choice of beach, you will be able to get away from it all and laze around on the warm sand, enjoy the attractions a stone’s throw from the town centre with your family, or get to grips with whichever water sports take your fancy.

Or, until you get your sea legs, you can set off on foot, horseback or bike for an exploration of Provence. While you walk through the Massif des Maures mountains, listen to the humming of the cicadas, breathe in the exquisite scents along the Mimosa Route and take in the sights of the local plant life, which encompasses olive trees, cork oaks and parasol pines with their edible pine nuts. Back in town, Myrtes Botanical Garden is another place you can go to see the local flora.

Provence’s natural bounty is very visible even in the town itself, notably through its markets. Depending on what day it is and what takes your fancy, you will be able to fill your basket with local produce from both the land and sea, flowers, bric-a-brac and handcrafted goods, with the added bonus of discovering the town’s varied architecture at the same time, taking in Provençal, modern and Art Deco styles.

Let yourself get carried away by the one-metre-gauge petit-train des Pignes which winds through little streets all the way up to the top of Sainte Maxime, where you can enjoy unimpeded views of the gulf. On the way up, inside the Museum of Local Traditions in the Tour Carrée (Square Tower) will teach you more about the customs of yesteryear, with displays of Provençal clothing, craftsmanship and fishing.

You can get to Sainte Maxime by plane, landing at Nice, Toulon or Marseille Airport, or by high-speed train on the TGV from Paris arriving at Saint-Raphaël-Valescure or Arcs - Draguignan station. The town is also linked to the A8 motorway via the D25. Once there, you can get around on the green buses.

Offering heritage, nature, ancestral traditions and modern leisure activities, Sainte Maxime really lives up to its name, giving you the maximum!

Where to stay in Sainte-Maxime

Hotel Le Petit Prince
Hotel Le Petit Prince
3 out of 5
11 Avenue Saint-Exupery, Sainte-Maxime, Var
The price is £66 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
Located in Sainte-Maxime City Centre, this golf hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sainte-Maxime Beach, Plage De Centre Ville and Saint-Tropez Gulf. La Croisette ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (326 reviews)
"The location is very good. The hotel facilities are limited, but considering 3 star rating, it good. The toilet faculty, although large, yet it lacks a lot of small touches. A soap or shampoo self around the shower is available. After the shower the whole bathroom is wet and unusable. The reception ..."

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2020

Hotel Le Petit Prince
Best Western Plus Hotel Montfleuri
Best Western Plus Hotel Montfleuri
4 out of 5
3 Avenue du Montfleuri, Sainte-Maxime, Var
This family-friendly Sainte-Maxime hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Saint-Tropez Gulf and Musée de la Tour Carrée. Sainte-Maxime ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (315 reviews)
"Very nice hotel, friendly staff… just the room is too small…"

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2021

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Best Western Hotel Matisse
Best Western Hotel Matisse
3 out of 5
11 Boulevard Frederic Mistral, Sainte-Maxime, Var
Located in Sainte-Maxime City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Plage De Centre Ville, Sainte-Maxime Beach and Saint-Tropez Gulf. Musée de la Tour ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (225 reviews)
"Right in the town centre but not busy, large spacious rooms, and happy hour was a huge bonus!"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2020

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Best Western Hotel Matisse
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Lou Trelus
Lou Trelus
4 Montée de la Grande Croisette, Sainte-Maxime, Paca
The price is £76 per night from 7 Dec to 7 Dec
Situated in Sainte-Maxime, this beach aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saint-Tropez Gulf and La Croisette Beach. Les Cigales Beach and Sainte-Maxime ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (44 reviews)
"The property has lovely views. When we arrived, the door to our unit was open--come to find out, there was a reason for this. The room was modest; not quite as pictured. The refrigerator wasn't plugged in, which was annoying because we'd bought wine to cool off. As soon as we closed the door to keep ..."

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2021

Lou Trelus
Sainte Maxime: Duplex village house in the heart of Sainte-Maxime
Sainte Maxime: Duplex village house in the heart of Sainte-Maxime
This family-friendly Sainte-Maxime holiday home is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Musée de la Tour Carrée and Sainte-Maxime Beach. Plage De Centre ...
4/5 Very Good! (9 reviews)
Early September 2018 stay
"Located in the pedestrian restaurant quarter of Ste Maxime with parking within 5 minutes, the best of all worlds, to be close to what Ste-Maxime has to offer and venture further afield. The property has everything you would want for a base for a couple. Clean, air conditioning, good cooking facilities ..."

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2018

Sainte Maxime: Duplex village house in the heart of Sainte-Maxime
Pierre & Vacances Résidence Les Platanes
Pierre & Vacances Résidence Les Platanes
3 out of 5
1 Chemin du Preconil, Sainte-Maxime, Var
Located in Sainte-Maxime City Centre, this beach residence is within a 5-minute walk of Saint-Tropez Gulf, Sainte-Maxime Beach and Plage De Centre Ville. Musée ...
3.6/5 Good! (89 reviews)
"This is a no frills option. It is basic accommodation which is clean. The location is central to the beach, shops, restaurants and bars. The payable secure parking is also very good."

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2020

Pierre & Vacances Résidence Les Platanes
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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