Cogolin is the perfect place to enjoy the quiet beauty of the Provencal countryside and still be close to the flashy lifestyle of the Cote d’Azure.
Renown as an artisan’s town, the small but always busy Cogolin lies just south of Grimaud and west of Saint Tropez, on the edge of the Maures Mountains, with an opening to the Gulf of Saint Tropez.
The settlement gets its name from the French word for little hill, “cougoul” and is actually divided into two separate parts, the Lower Village which is located inland and the Marines de Cogolin, 4 km away, right on the water. It is this part that is appealing to people interested in destinations.
Travel & Arrival
Air travel to Cogolin is made possible via Saint Tropez’s international airport, La Mole, which is situated just 8 kilometers south-west, a 10 minute drive on the N98 road. There are buses and taxis that make this run, although the taxis are known to be very expensive, outside people like tourists and crews being known targets for French cabbies.
Driving to Cogolin is easy if you follow the N98 when coming from Saint Tropez or the D668 road when coming from Grimaud. Since it’s a small, old city care should be taken with local traffic regulations and restrictions.
Avant & Apres Sail
Booking a hotel in Cogolin is actually rather cheap, which is why some parties prefer to stay here and make daily commutes to Saint Tropez. The one thing these hotels have in common is the cozy, familiar atmosphere that should be appealing to many.
The main sightseeing objectives are the 14th century clock tower, the St. Sauveur Church or any of the craft factories which cater to the pretentious Côte d’Azur market, things like reeds for wind instruments, pipes for smoking, knotted wool carpets or wrought-iron furniture, in other words, everything the sailors can't find in a harbor shop. A great view of the whole St. Tropez peninsula can be seen from place Bellevue. There are also museums to be visited, like Musee des Templiers, Musee Raimu (dedicated to the actor with the same name) and the Musee Empreintes Traditions.
But probably the most animated area of the city is the port, where the old architecture is replaced by a more contemporary style. Here you’ll find marinas, shops, restaurants, boutiques that not only cater to the needs of the groups but also provide them with entertainment.
Events & Actions
Apart from the frequent exhibitions of local handicrafts, the city keeps its quiet atmosphere. However, there is plenty for you to do here if you’re into boats. With great marinas, the town can offer a pleasurable experience for anyone sailing in or looking for a experience. Infrastructure and services mirror other locations on the French Riviera.