Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, on the homonymous peninsula that is connected to the mainland by the Isthmus des Sablettes. It is located about fifteen kilometers south of Toulon, of which it "partially" closes the harbor.
The municipality was officially created in 1950. Until then, the village depended on La Seyne-sur-Mer.
Originally made up of islets, the territory became a single island in the Middle Ages, the island of Sépet, and was connected to the mainland in the 17th century.
The history of Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer is intimately linked to that of the nearby military base of Toulon. First with the installation of an infirmary and then a military hospital, then a fort and batteries with defensive vocation and finally a lighthouse. Today, the Navy occupies three quarters of the communal territory, including a naval training center, a diving base and a mechanics school.
From a civilian point of view, formerly focused on agriculture, the activity has focused on tourism, with the creation of a marina and the preservation of a quality coastal environment where beaches And pine forests are appreciated. The city, which has some 5,800 inhabitants, also demonstrates a certain cultural dynamism. It is therefore a legitimately renowned holiday resort.
In terms of its historical and architectural heritage, a visit to the city may include the parish church dedicated to San Marino. It is a chapel erected in 1845, behind the harbor. Consisting of a nave with apse and endowed with two lateral chapels, it will be noted that its square bell tower is decorated with a campanile in wrought iron. Information on +33 (0) 4 94 87 31 66.
Also worth seeing is the Saint-Louis chapel, which is included in the supplementary inventory of historic monuments. It dates from 1830 and depended on the maritime hospital. Since the creation of the school of Marine mechanics in 1937, it is nicknamed the chapel of the mechanics! Visit the Heritage Days in September. Information on +33 4 22 42 86 01.
If you do not visit it again, you can see the Cap Cepet lighthouse, 14 meters high, rebuilt in 1950 after the lighthouse built in 1851 was bombed in 1944.
In another style, one step is imposed on the domain of l'Ermitage, an old agricultural farm dating from the 19th century with 9 hectares of land. The ensemble was acquired in 2008 by the Conservatoire du Littoral to preserve the landscape of potential real estate projects. An ecomuseum has been opened in the main building which evokes the rural past of the peninsula (production of olive oil in particular). A shop and lodgings have also been arranged, which do not prevent the access to the green park. Open from October to May on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm. From June to September, from Tuesday to Sunday from 16h to 19h. Information on +33 (0) 4 94 63 61 69.
A stop at the marina (nearly 1,000 berths including 188 for visitors' boats) and a walk along the coastal customs route along the coast and the coves are also advisable.
This will be the opportunity to discover the five beaches of Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer.
There is the pebble beach of the Coudoulière which owes its name to the "coudoulets", stones rounded by the movement of the waves. It overlooks the open sea, which explains why its water is crystalline. Between this beach and the cemetery Franco-Italian is the beach of Cavalas more commonly called beach of Grave by the inhabitants.
At the entrance to the port, the small sandy beach of the Canon may seem nice but beware, it is not monitored. Same thing for the beach of La Vieille, also near the harbor, and from where the spectacle of the boats in the harbor of Toulon is permanent.
The beaches of Touring and Sainte-Asile, on the other hand, are supervised and equipped for disabled guests. Their sand, points of view on the massif which dominates Toulon, the proximity of pinewoods allow to conjugate farniente and exceptional panoramas.
The seaside resort is obviously conducive to the discovery and practice of many water sports.
For sailing, contact the Center nautique at +33 4 94 63 58 79 or the Nautical Association (which also organizes outings dedicated to sea fishing) on +33 4 94 30 74 76.
You can also 'Initiate to the diving: contact the +33 4 94 06 47 34.
As for the tennis lovers, they can take advantage of the courts of the local club under condition. Information on +33 6 73 52 64 57.
For hikers (on foot or by bicycle), many possibilities of route of variable difficulty can be envisaged. Information on +33 4 94 63 61 69.
In April, the municipality hosts concerts organized within the framework of the festival Présence Féminine (on Toulon and its agglomeration).
The third weekend of April, antique vehicles fair.
At the end of June, the fishermen's day brings together professional or amateur fishermen, locals and holidaymakers alike.
The first weekend of July, first jousts and sardinades (folk battles on the water and friendly meal based on grilled fish). These appointments are almost weekly in July and August.
The last weekend of August, a craft fair and the festival Make art (exhibitions) close the summer season.
The last week of November and the first of December, a book fair brings authors and readers together for signings, readings and meetings.
Finally, no stay in Provence without strolling in a colorful and fragrant market. It takes place every Saturday morning on the harbor.