La Croix Valmer, a unique destination...
it is 2 of the 3 capes of the Saint-Tropez peninsula,
it is a jewel of nature nested the heart of a national park,
it is an exceptional environment, preserved and respected.
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La Croix Valmer is a village nestled in an exceptional environment, in the heart of a protected area belonging to the Conservatoire du littoral which is managed by the Port Cros National Park.
What to do, what can you discover?… An area rich in walking, cycling and mountain bike paths, postcard landscapes, breathtaking panoramas, a magnificent coastal path… read our practical guide to find what you can do!
Cap Lardier is the first of the three capes of the Saint-Tropez peninsula and the most wooded. It is one of the last remaining undeveloped areas of the peninsula. Classified in 1930, it has 6 km of coastline protected from real estate pressure. Pedestrian paths run through its Mediterranean pine forest that shelters the 3 varieties.
Cap Taillat is a natural jewel, enclosed between Cap Lardier and Cap Camarat, and is recognizable thanks to its isthmus. It offers amateurs no less than 2.5 km of coastal footpaths lined with remarkable vegetation. Trails also allow to explore inland and discover the vineyards and historical remains (Briande dolmen). Also classified in 1930, it offers, from its summit, a bird’s eye view of the other two capes and Hyères’ isles.
Walks by the 2 caps
… and many other settings & routes to discover
Like the landscapes and flora of the 2 capes, the fauna is very exceptional and varied. No less than 120 species of birds have been counted, Hermann’s turtle, European pond terrapin and ocellated lizard, 2 remarkable insects : the cotton grasshopper and the serrated magpie. Numerous marine species (Grouper, Corbs, large mother-of-pearl) also share the turquoise waters.
Oaks & Pine trees
This is one of the few locations that shelter the 3 species of oaks (holm, cork and pubescent) and the 3 pine trees (Aleppo, umbrella and maritime) prior to the 2017 fire.
A multitude of habitats, both terrestrial and maritime, are referenced : grey dunes, cliffs, Posidonia meadows, Serapias lawns (orchids), Jupiter’s Beard, Dwarf Palm, and the Blue Thistle (symbol of the Conservatoire du Littoral). Nearly 500 species have been listed. The management of the site, more than ever, aims to encourage the return of the habitats and species that existed prior to the 2017 fire.
Actions for sustainable tourism & Eco-friendly holidays…
Environmental preservation is at the heart of local concerns ! This is why the Tourist Office, hand in hand, with the local authorities, sets up awareness-raising actions, particularly for its visitors :
The recent reconfiguration and development of the Tourist Office’s forecourt has allowed the installation of a special pedal board ! A few turns of the pedals will allow you to stretch your legs but above all to recharge your smartphone.
For several years, the Tourist Office has been filling your beach basket in its own way! It invites you to try eco-friendly holidays by proposing a small playful guide which lists and reminds you of the good behaviour and precautions to take during the summer period in terms of the environment at sea and inland, navigation, recycling… And for smokers, it offers free beach ashtrays to plant in the sand !
And in 2021, operation “Without litter, the beach is so much nicer“… so obvious, isn’t it?!?!