In the Gulf of Saint Tropez, Sainte Maxime faces straight south and is sheltered from the winds by the Maures Mountains. This exceptional site makes for an ideal vacation spot.
The wonderful weather and the beautiful location have attracted artists poets and writers for many years. Jean de Brunhoff, the creator of Babar the Elephant, lived in the area for a long time. It was in Sainte Maxime that he wrote the first ot the Babar series, In Voyage de Babar pages 4 and 5 represent one ot the beaches here. it is now known as La Plage des Eléphants (Elephant Beach).
You should enter the old town by walking through the lively pedestrian streets, and then continue on towards the superb gardens ot the "Promenade". The walk ends up on the pier overlooking the gulf.
Discriminating tourists will be delighted by the beaches in the center, and by those on the way out of the city, La Croisette Beach, for example. The best beaches are to the west of Sainte Maxime and in particular, La Nartelle.
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Sainte Maxime is a commune of the Var département located on the French Riviera in the south of France, 90 km from Nice and 130 km from Marseille. The main industry is Tourism.
The small town is situated at the northern shore of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. In the north the Massif des Maures mountain range protects it from cold winds of the Mistral. The beach achieved Blue Flag status in 2005. A ferry service operated by Les Bateaux Verts connects Sainte Maxime with Saint-Tropez.
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