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What to do and see In and around Le Lavandou, Bormes les Mimosas
Le Lavandou ("the village of washerwomen") nowadays is a picturesque seaside resort set against the dramatic backdrop of the Massif des Maures.
With its 12 kilometres of coastline, a fascinating mixture of sea creeks and long beaches linked (during the season) by a tourist "train" running up and down the coast road, Le Lavandou looks out to the "Iles d’Or" (the islands of Port-Cros, Le Levant, Porquerolles). A 20-minute boat trip will take you to the nearest island. Its crystalline waters teem with marine life and act as a magnet for divers from all over Europe. The island of Le Levant is the site of a marine reserve unique of its kind in Europe.
Other destinations well worth exploring include Bormes-les-Mimosas (France's best-kept village, 5 km from Le Lavandou), Cogolin on the Gulf of St Tropez, St Tropez itself, Hyères and the Giens Peninsula (not to be missed by nature lovers).
Traditional crafts, history, culture… Another way to discover the Var by way of Le Lavandou, Bormes les Mimosas and the region is by visiting:
Parks and gardens
- Bormes les Mimosas: Jardin Exotique gardens, 5 km from Le Lavandou
- Le Rayol-Canadel: Domaine du Rayol botanical gardens, 10 km from Le Lavandou
- Hyères: the 7 hectare Olbius Riquier gardens, 23 km from Le Lavandou
- La Londe-les-Maures: Jardin d’Oiseaux Tropicaux with its tropical bird collection,13 km from Le Lavandou
- Bormes-les-Mimosas: Arts et Histoire, barely 5 km from Le Lavandou
- Le Lavandou: Musée de la Mer
- Ramatuelle: Traditions des Maures et de la Provence
- St Tropez: L’Annonciade, with works by Matisse, Braque, Picabia, Dufy
Traces of a fascinating past
- Hyères, made famous by Pauline Borghèse in the 19th century
- The Cistercian abbey of Le Thoronet, a masterpiece of Romanesque art
- The Château d’Entrecasteaux, built in the 16th and 17th centuries, and its gardens designed by Le Nôtre