Le Lavandou & its beautiful beaches facing the Golden islands
The origin of the name is misleading. Lavandou evokes “lavande” – or lavender. It is more likely that the town name derives from the Provençal word for washbasin: Lavadou. In centuries-old paintings of the hamlet of Le Lavandou, the foreground is represented by fishermen’s wives washing their clothes on the large flat stones of the wash basin.
Le Lavandou is a young "big village" and doesn’t boast the historical monuments-buildings of many towns in the Mediterranean basin. Though what it lacks in history it makes up for in charm:
Le Lavandou is large enough to host several shops, boutiques and seaside restaurants, all while keeping a small town ambiance. The port area is lively with a variety of good seafood restaurants, and its beautiful beach attracts tourists from all over the world.
Facing the famous & wild Porquerolles & Port Cros Islands.
It has a much more modest and authentic feel than the ritzy Riviera towns farther east of St. Tropez, Nice, and Monaco. Centre stage in the village is the “boulodrome” – the red gravel playing surface at the port area where the die-hard locals and tourists show off their skills in the game of pétanque (French lawn bowling). The evening competitions, where locals take their pétanque very seriously, are a pleasure to watch.