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A town of sun and promises!

For its charm and personality as well as its mild climate, Sanary is a sought-after area to live or holiday in. A picturesque harbour-town, fiercely proud of its history and independence, Sanary, conferred with the title ‘on sea’, is today a charming coastal shelter and a thriving cottage-industry fishing port. Every morning, weather permitting, fishermen unload their catch of mullet or monkfish. During the season, divers return to shore with ‘échinodermes’, more commonly known as sea urchins, (see pictures and article), which always excite curiosity among the tourists and delight the locals. For those who know where to look, one can find as many treasures inland as on the shore; tasty and originally-shaped local vegetables, seasonal fruit filled with honey; golden apricots, succulent vineyard peaches and plump figs that, like the cherries, are only really exquisite when hand-picked in the early hours. One musn’t forget the local, sweet muscat grapes and its vineyards which, thanks to the stubborness of a certain few, created the Bandol ‘appellation’.

If you are a regular visitor, you’ll quickly notice that Sanary is active all year round; even in the middle of winter, ‘Sanaryens’ and other strollers meet on the quay, or on the promenade, to lounge and make the most of the sun. To the left, a lovely, shady promenade bordering a park; across the yacht’s masts, you can glimpse the leafy banks leading up to the Notre Dame de Mai Church and the Island of Embiez; to the right, the shipyard at the foot ot the green hills of Portissol, at the top of which is perched a charming chapel which can be reached by the ‘Montée de l’Oratoire’, where you can view the whole bay.

A microclimate protects the town: it rarely rains. You can swim from May to October and choose from beaches of fine golden sands to colourful rocky coves for fishing. You can also discover various water sports in Sanary, windsurfing, water-skiing, sailing and deep-sea diving in the depths discovered long ago by world famous names. For walkers and hikers, there are many pleasant trails.

Finally, Sanary is a town of culture which maintains its rich history; the Tour Romane houses the Frédéric Dumas Museum, one of the ‘founders’ of deep-sea diving, and many of the intellectuals who stopped here are acknowledged and acclaimed, and billings at the Theatre Galli are often of national and even international fame. Numerous art galleries display the work of local and famous artists as well as the thematic programs organised by the town hall and held throughout the year. This sustains the progress Sanary has mastered, not only in tourism but also in town planning and maintains a certain quality of life, of which many are envious.

Sanary is a town of sun and promises!


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