Visit the Château de Grimaud

Nestled in the picturesque hills of the Var, Château de Grimaud invites you on a captivating journey through medieval history and architecture. This historic gem, perched majestically on a promontory, offers breathtaking views over the Provencal countryside and is a living testimony to centuries gone by. Just a stone’s throw from our campsite in Port-Grimaud, the Château de Grimaud is waiting to be discovered during your stay.

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<h2>The fabulous history of Château de Grimaud</h2>
<p>Built on foundations dating back to the High Middle Ages, the <strong>Château de Grimaud</strong> bears witness to the evolution of military architecture and seigniorial life over the centuries. Its initial construction, in the 11th century, was the work of the monks of Saint-Victor de Marseille. This fortified castle played a strategic role in the defense of the region, dominating the Garde valley and offering a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.<br /> Great families succeeded one another, first linked to the Counts of Provence, then to King Charles II. In the mid-15th century, Jean de Cossa, Grand Sénéchal, left his mark on the area, founding the village of Saint-Tropez that we still know today.<br /> Then, in the mid-18th century, the lords of the powerful de Castellane family enlarged the building, adding the south towers.<br /> During the French Revolution, the de Castellane family abandoned the château and their house on rue des Templiers to flee to Nice, which was not yet French. The château was then pillaged and used as a stone quarry.<br /> Those that sell best, such as lava stones or serpentinite, are dismantled by a mason and resold. Following the French Revolution, the château was dismantled and destroyed.<br /> Classified as a historic monument, the <strong>Château de Grimaud</strong> has been the focus of restoration campaigns since the 1980s. Indeed, conservation and restoration efforts have been undertaken to preserve this historic heritage. Today, <strong>Château de Grimaud</strong> is a <strong>major cultural site</strong>, attracting visitors eager to discover its fascinating history and immerse themselves in the medieval atmosphere that still reigns here. Visible from neighboring villages such as Cogolin, Gassin and Saint Tropez, the château has become the emblem of the village of Grimaud, even appearing on its coat of arms.</p>

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The architecture of Château de Grimaud

The Château de Grimaud, a fascinating blend of medieval architecture and historic remains, stands like a silent guardian on the hills of Provence. Its ruins, steeped in history, tell the story of an architectural epic that has spanned the centuries.

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The main structure

The heart of the castle, dating mainly from the 11th century, reveals the characteristics of medieval architecture, with its thick stone walls designed to resist attack. The keep, although partially in ruins, still dominates the site, offering panoramic views over the surrounding valley. Originally, it served as a lookout post and last refuge in case of siege.

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Walls and towers

Surrounding the keep, the castle walls, though fragmented, still bear witness to their former robustness. The towers, although partially collapsed, show signs of modifications and repairs carried out over the centuries, reflecting the evolution of fortification techniques.

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Entrance and courtyard

The entrance to the château, once protected by a drawbridge, opens onto an inner courtyard where the daily activities of the garrison and seigneurial court took place. Although this space is now open to the sky, you can still imagine the lively life that once reigned here.

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Some notable architectural features

Notable features include arched windows, loopholes and the remains of fireplaces adorning the inner walls. These details not only add to the aesthetic beauty of the castle, but also provide an insight into medieval life.

Gardens and surroundings

Although the original gardens no longer exist, the area around the château offers a sumptuous natural setting, with Mediterranean flora and breathtaking views of the Provencal landscape.

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Visit the Château de Grimaud

Grimaud castle plays a central role in the life of the village, symbolizing its rich historical and cultural heritage. It serves not only as a historical landmark, but also as a gathering place for various community events and activities. The castle, visible from many parts of the village, remains a key element of Grimaud’s identity, reinforcing the link between its inhabitants and their history.
That’s why a visit to Château de Grimaud is a plunge into history and a journey through the ages, as well as an enriching experience.
The château is open to the public all year round, and admission is free. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.