Ranked among the Most Beautiful Villages of France, Gassin is located in the Var department, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Close to the famous seaside resort of Saint-Tropez, the town is 200 meters above sea level, above the gulf of the same name. Offering a façade on the Mediterranean Sea, Gassin is also bordering Ramatuelle, and takes place in the heart of the Massif des Maures.
Populated since the Neolithic period, Gassin was occupied for a long time by the Saracens, before strengthening and becoming the city that we know today from the sixteenth century. The development of seaside tourism in the region at the end of the 19th century will bring a steady stream of visitors to the village, notably thanks to the installation of a railway.
Today, the Provençal town is known as much for its natural heritage as for its exceptional monuments that dot all the old center. The proximity to the Mediterranean Sea also gives it a great success with tourists from all over the world.
Rich in tortuous lanes and picturesque houses, the village of Gassin is full of tourist sites to discover during a stay.
Set in a small park, the Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption chapel is one of the most beautiful monuments in the town. Built at the end of the 11th century, it still hosts a mass at the village festival. In stone and Romanesque style, the building also serves as a summer home for classical music concerts.
The new Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption church, which replaces the chapel since the 16th century, houses various objects classified in the inventory of Historic Monuments. Visitors can admire a statue of the Madonna and Child of the seventeenth century, an 18th century bell, a statue of Christ from the 16th century, or a bust of reliquary of Saint Lawrence from the 17th century. The building is designed directly on the rock.
In the territory of Gassin you can also discover various monuments inscribed in the general inventory of Cultural Heritage, such as different farms, the presbytery of the 17th century, the remains of a medieval tower, the monument to the dead of the war of 1914- 1918, or the bourg castle of Bourrian.
Small originality of the village, one can discover the smallest street in the world. Indeed, the Androuno does not allow the passage of a man of face, and measures only 29 centimeters wide at its narrowest level.
Today housed in a private home, a blockhouse type R680 can still be seen at Gassin.
Labellisé Jardin Remarkable, the private garden of Marie-Thérèse The Hardy-Halos allows to discover several hundred vegetal species coming from Provence or the Mediterranean.
But Gassin is also very popular for its beaches, and has three: the Moune, the Bouillabaisse, and the Treizain. A sailing school takes place on the latter, and a coastal path allows to follow the sea until Saint-Tropez. Three marked trails allow you to appreciate the surroundings of the village, such as the Provencal forest or the Massif des Maures. Picnic tables allow stops.
Facing the sea, the golf of Gassin is appreciated by amateur sportsmen.
In February, the Enduro des Trois Caps is a pedestrian race that passes through the village.
From Saint-Tropez, the race of Granfondo crosses every year Gassin in April.
Every year during the summer, the actor Leonardo DiCaprio organizes an auction at Gassin in favor of his personal foundation. Many international personalities participate.
On the second Sunday of August, the village celebrates its patron Saint Laurent, including masses in Provence, a meal or musical entertainment.