There is a cycle path along part of the coastline after Port Grimaud, in the direction of Sainte Maxime. This area is however very crowded in the summer time.
Grimaud is situated along the Maures Massif, and the wooded hills stretching to the west and forming an arc around the north and north-east. There are many trails suitable for Mountain biking, especially along the side of the neighboring village of Ramatuelle.
Hiking in the Maures Massif
GPS : 43.273216, 6.520159
Maps : IGN (1/25.000) #3545 OT “Saint-Tropez, Ste. Maxime, Maures Massif”
The beginning (or the end) of the GR9 trail (Grande Randonnée) is situated at St-Pons-les-Mûres, next to autoroute N98, just north of Port Grimaud. You can leave from there to join Aix-en-Provence but, if you can, avoid the summer heat. Spring and autumn is better for hiking through the hills of Provence.
The GR9 begins not far from Port Grimaud to the north-west and stretches up until La Garde-Freinet, then towards the west through the Maures Massif.
The GR51 trail (Balcon from the Côte d’Azur) passes just next to the fishing village of Grimaud. To the north, the GR51 joins GR9 again for a while, and then heads to the north after Plan-de-la-Tour, then to the east up to Le Muy and Roquebrune-sur-Argens. To the south, the GR51 crosses the picturesque village of Cogolin, and then heads to the west, to join Cassis and Marseille.
Shorter hikes are available in the hills directly to the north of the village, such as a short walk to the Pont des Fées, or a little further north to La Roche Percée. Skilled sportsmen or weekend athletes could therefore be in their element spending their holidays in Grimaud.
Dive into the Blue Mediterranean
The Gulf of Saint-Tropez and its surroundings offer magnificent under-water experiences.
The waters around Port Grimaud are more suitable for dive training and for diving amateurs though.
However, the UCPA does offer stays for teenagers.
This article was first published here in French.