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The authenticity of Provence, the charm of the Riviera

Sanary-sur-Mer is a genuine fishing port and village, situated in the heart of Provence. It is reputedly one of the French Mediterranean coasts-most typical and authentic fishing port. Its very ancient natural harbour, set in the heart of the town, is permanent home to around 100 heritage vessels dating back as far as 1895, plus some old Provencal fishing boats locally known as "pointu" (sharp boats : so-namde for their pointed bows and sterns).

Sanary has possessed its own fleet of fishermen from time immemorial. Twelve professional fishermen continue to sell their day's catch every day on the port.

Sanary is also known for having provided shelter for famous exiled German artists and writers such as Thomas Mann, Arnold Zweig, Franz Hessel and Bertolt Brecht (just to name a few) who resided here between 1933 and 1942.

Wander through its pedestrian streets and discover its charms: the mosaic of colors of the buildings bathed in sunshine: the warm welcome of the local population, small, shady, timeless squares with the refreshing sound of water flowing from the fountains and the numerous arts and crafts workshops, design and fashion boutiques.

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