Sanary-sur-mer, France


For my lomolocation, i’d like to present to you a calm little commune that holds great space in my heart. When i moved to France from the Philippines, this is where i ended up living for 7 years. Sanary-sur-Mer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France.

Let’s begin with a little history, hoping i won’t bore you with…

The seafront location was part of the commune of Ollioules. In the 16th century the seigneur established a fishing village here, clustered around the medieval watchtower, under the protection of “Sanct Nazari” of Lérins Abbey. The port was constructed and the harbor deepened in the mid-16th century. The little fishing port of Saint Nazari was finally granted its independence from Ollioules in 1688, and in 1890 officially received its local name in Provençal, Sanary, which was formalized and distinguished as sur-Mer in 1923. As a tourist rendezvous, the village underwent a strong decade of growth in the 1980s.

Sanary sur mer is a great place to live in and a wonderful commune to go to on holidays. Just for a nice walk thru the streets filled with plenty of boutiques and excellent little restaurants or simply enjoy a beer and a cigarette at one of the many bars along the port.

It has always been for me a place where i could stroll on forever, even despite the fact that it itsn’t really a big big place to stroll in. But listening to the many cicadas sing, you can look things in a different way, during those 7 years of my life, i was able to truly enjoy seeing the same things, over and over again, and now that, it has been 4 years that i’ve moved away from Sanary, especially from my recent little trip back there. Well, I’m so happy to see, that things haven’t changed much and that beauty still catches my eyes.

Here are couple of photos I did while strolling around in sanary with a friend of mine.

Those rocks, that REACH OUT to the sea on a straight ligne giving you the feeling that you’re ON THE EDGE of the world, is a place where i used to spend countless nights looking at the stars and listening to the break of waves. I simply had to take photos there.

From the seashore, thru the fountains and the esplanade,to the kiosque and the port.
Walking on the marina, next to these beautiful fishing and sailing boats.
The Saint-Nazaire church, of neo-medieval style, built in the end of the 19th century by Michel Pacha is a replacement to the acient roman style church from the 16th century.

Sanary also has a museum (sadly there were some roadwork all around it so i couldn’t get some decent photos), the Frederic-Dumas museum, devoted to submarine archeology et to the history of scuba diving equipment, especially the one linked to the progress in the autonomous scuba set (beeing able to bring down oxygen with you in the water and not beeing linked by a tube to the surface).

As for the personnality references:

  • Jacques Cousteau owned a villa in Sanary-sur-mer, named the Baobab villa, who know belongs to his son.
  • Frederic Dumas spent his childhood in one of the many little bays around Sanary, pioneer of scubafishing first in apnea then with suba sets. He was first man to reach 60 meters (196 feet) of depth with a prototype of scuba set, he and Jacques Cousteau worked on.
  • The architect and mayor (1819-1907), aka Michel Pacha for having built 110 Light towers on the Ottomans Coasts, transformed Sanary into a seaside resort.

4 years ago, i was to busy with my other passions that i wasn’t doing any photography. Nevertheless, my eyes were my cameras and my memories were the photos.

Thanks for tagging along and I hope these photos will let me share with you, what i felt, feel and hope to feel for my next trip back in the fresh little commune of Sanary sur mer.

written by mikahsupageek on 2010-08-27 #places #port #sensia #lubitel #love #location #marina #provia #france #cicada #esplanade #travel-destination #sanary-sur-mer


  1. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    Superb! Thanks for letting us take a stroll with you Mikah =)
    That 'Reaching Out' shot of yours is so iconic, and the streetscapes are just so beautiful. Galing!

  2. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    hehe =) Maraming salamat Joanne =)

  3. juanix
    juanix ·

    hi mikah! Wow, thanks for sharing us your love for Sanary-sur-Mer & your memories of the place. I just learned about the place today, it's so beautiful! Excellent photos as well :-)

  4. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    @juanix Thanks so much, I'm so glad you enjoyed discovering about this beautiful place !

  5. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    Bravo! your 1st article! :)

  6. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    @lawypop yay =)

  7. sidsel
    sidsel ·

    Excellent article! I definitely will stop in Sanary-sur-mer next time I'm around Côte d'Azur, thanks for sharing!

  8. cecilialisbon
    cecilialisbon ·

    Je suis d'origine de la Seyne sur mer (juste à côté de sanary et six-fours) et je trouve ces photo très belles, qui illustrent vraiment bien la beauté de la région! bravo en tout cas et merci pour ce bel article :)

  9. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    @cecilialisbon merci =)

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