This picturesque coastal town, named after the saint Maxime, is situated on the French Riviera, on the north side of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. Due to its location behind the Massif des Maures, Sainte-Maxime is protected from the cold wind called ‘Mistral’ and with over 300 annual days of sun, the weather is a real attraction. You can spend days and days on the beach, as Sainte-Maxime offers a 10 km sandy beach with all kinds of water sports. Plage de La Nartelle and Plage du Centre Ville are popular beaches for families, as they both have clear water and fine sand. If you like hiking or mountain biking, you are sure to find a nice trail starting from Sainte-Maxime into the coloured hills. The old town is situated in the south western part of the town, where the 18th century church with beautiful marble altar can be found; definitely a must to visit! Another monument is the Place du 15-Août-1944, named in honour of Saint-Maxime’s liberation day, at which the port is located. Within the old town and the port, the architecture is characterized by Art Deco, typical for the town and much loved by the Maximois; the residents of Sainte-Maxime. Here, plenty of restaurants, cafés and terraces can be found in order to spend a relaxed afternoon, enjoying the local specialities. Around this area, a daily covered market takes place as well, at the Rue Fernand Bessy, where you can buy some of the local specialities to take back to your villa. Sainte-Maxime is easy to reach, when first flying to Nice and taking the car from there.