The sunniest place in France

Nestled between Marseilles and Toulon, the port of Sanary-sur-Mer is located in Provence on the Cote d’Azur, and is arguably the sunniest place in France. Its beautiful coastline is dotted with small beaches, while Sanary’s quiet, pedestrian streets cluster around the medieval 13th century watchtower—now home to the Frédéric Dumas Diving Museum, and featuring original equipment of undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau.

Visit église Saint Nazaire, a late 19th century Gothic Revival church, or admire the view from the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Pitié, built in 1560. Cap your stay with a stroll along the palm-lined harbor, where you’ll find rows of old Provençal wooden fishing boats, pointus, and if you’re lucky, some local fishermen selling the day’s catch. Or simply taste the freshest seafood in any number of Sanary restaurants and enjoy watching the bustle of everyday life in this charming and inviting town.

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Frédéric Dumas Historical Diving Museum

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Frédéric Dumas Historical Diving Museum

Frédéric Dumas Historical Diving Museum

Discover the history and stories behind the development of SCUBA (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) diving. The early pioneers of underwater discovery, Frédéric Dumas, Philippe Taillez, and the world-renowned Jacques-Yves Cousteau conducted a large portion of their work in Sanary-Sur-Mer.

Romanesque Tower

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Romanesque Tower

Romanesque Tower

Once an important part of the town’s defenses, the tower was constructed in the 1300s. Later, the tower became the local jail, and today, the tower is home to the Frédéric Dumas Historical Diving Museum.

Chapelle Notre-dame-de-pitié

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Chapelle Notre-dame-de-pitié

Chapelle Notre-dame-de-pitié

Built in the mid 1500s, the commanding view of the bay meant the church bell was often the first to ring the alarm at the approach of danger. Today, the church features a large number of ex-voto votive offerings.

Sanary Sur Mer, France At a glance

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Current Time:
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Exchange Rates:
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  • 75.18
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Local Details:
GPS: 43°7'4.88"N 5°48'5.17"E
Size: 19.23 KM2 (7.42 MI2)
Population: 17,068
Density: 888 Pop/KM2 (343 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +33

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