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Grimaud Castle

The Castle symbol of the power of the former Gulf of Grimaud.

This height above the fertile plain has undoubtedly been frequented since at least the end of antiquity. The 11th century charters evoke the castrum of Grimaldo, undoubtedly prior to this date.

The building and destruction

of Grimaud Castle

The village grew and the economy developed for three happy centuries. This prosperous period ended in the middle of the 14th century. Economic and population crises due to the plague and war obliged the inhabitants to assemble at the top of the hill where they built this rampart for their protection in the 1370s. The fortified front door was here, but only a few traces remain.

The fortifications evolved over time; somewhat basic in the 11th to 13th centuries and reinforced in the 15th century, they reached their height during the 17th century.

Abandoned at the end of the 18th century, and dismantled during the French Revolution, the castle was completely destroyed.

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OWNERSHIP OF THE Castle

has changed hands many

Grand families followed, first related to Provence counts, then Charles II of England. In the middle of the 15th century, Jean de Cossa, a grand seneschal, left his mark on the area when he founded the village of Saint-Tropez that we all know today.

Then in the middle of the 18th century, the seigneurs from the powerful De Castellane family expanded the building and ordered the construction of the southern towers.

It is a classified Historical Monument and has undergone restoration projects since the 1980s.

The castle was the place of residence of the lords who ruled over the Gulf of Grimaud.

Open-air theater

at the foot of the castle

Since the terraces were installed many years ago, totally blending into the landscape, the castle has buzzed with excitement on summer evenings.

It is a magical concert venue and theater stage during the summer festival, Les Grimaldines.

Advice for making

the most of your stay
Mapof the village

At the Tourist Information Office, you can obtain a map of the village, which indicates the places of interest, such as the castle.

Walkin the village

Make the most of your trip to the castle by visiting the village. You will need around an hour and a half to take in the village, with its narrow streets and historic landmarks.

Free visitof the castle

Several times a year, the Cultural and Heritage services in Grimaud offer free guided visits. Contact us on + 33 (0)4 94 55 43 83 for more details.