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Cruises to Sanary-Sur-Mer

Sanary-Sur-Mer (Photo:Christian Musat/Shutterstock)

About Sanary-Sur-Mer

Sanary-sur-Mer -- located in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region of southeastern France -- has just about everything you'd expect of a seaside village in the French Riviera. It's got its fair share of historic buildings to explore, including a medieval Romanesque watchtower, a 16th-century chapel and Eglise Saint Nazaire, a 19th-century church in the style of the Gothic Revival. It's still an active fishing village with fishermen selling their catch on the wharf each morning and quaint wooden boats bobbing in the marina throughout the day. There's a traditional open-air market at Kennedy Square, just a few steps from the tender point at Quai du Levant, where you can buy French baguettes, a dizzying number of cheeses (some of them pretty stinky), fruit and pastries, perfect for an impromptu picnic aboard your ship later in the day. Sanary's coastline is also dotted with a number of small but worthy beaches for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling when the weather cooperates. Locals told us that their town is the "sunniest place in all of France" and the data backs up the claim with an annual average of only 61 days of rain -- mostly during wintertime.

The only thing to note is that Sanary-sur-Mer is known for being windswept -- especially in the winter and spring -- due to the mistral, a wind current that blows in from the Rhone Valley. Swells can make tendering to and from this port a bit bumpy.

The modern-day diving industry was born in Sanary-sur-Mer, and oceanographer Jacques Cousteau owned a home here for most of his life. The surrounding area is internationally renowned for vineyards and olive groves so it's no wonder you can book a ship-sponsored, wine-tasting tour to nearby Le Castellet or Bandol.

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15 Night
Italian Trio 15d Vce-bcnDetails

243 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jul 15, 2023
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Seabourn Sojourn

10 Night
Western Mediterranean Gems IDetails

145 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Sep 29, 2022
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7 Night
Yachtmans Harbors Of The Rivieras 7d Bcn-cvvDetails

243 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Aug 15, 2023
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7 Night
Yachtmans Harbors Of The Rivieras 7d Bcn-cvvDetails

243 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Apr 23, 2023
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Romance Of The RivierasDetails

145 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Aug 21, 2022
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Enchantment Of The Western Med 15d Lis-cvvDetails

243 Reviews
Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Apr 15, 2023
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Yachtmans Harbors Of The Rivieras 7d Cvv-bcnDetails

243 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Nov 11, 2022
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15 Night
Enchantment Of The Western Med 15d Cvv-lisDetails

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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Nov 10, 2023
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France Intensive VoyageDetails

11 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Azamara
Apr 15, 2023
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Riviera Rhapsody 23d Lis-vceDetails

243 Reviews
Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Aug 7, 2023
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Romance On The RivieraDetails

145 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
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Yachtmans Harbors Of The Rivieras 7d Cvv-bcnDetails

243 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
May 16, 2023
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21 Night
Mediterranean TapestryDetails

145 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Sep 18, 2022
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Maltese Magic & Spanish IslesDetails

145 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Sep 29, 2022
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10-nt Rivieras & Yacht Harbors VoyageDetails

11 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Azamara
Jun 28, 2023
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Why go to Sanary-Sur-Mer?

Pros:

This quaint fishing village has a traditional open-air market mere steps from the tender port

Cons:

Sanary-Sur-Mer can be quite windy during some months, which can make for a bumpy arrival and departure

Bottom Line:

This charming port will give you a taste of authentic seaside French living

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The official currency is the euro. There are several banks with ATMs within walking distance of the tender point, including Societe Generale, which is across from Kennedy Square just steps from Quai du Levant along Boulevard d'Estienne d'Orves. For up-to-date currency exchange rates, visit www.xe.com.

Language?

French is the official language of Sanary-sur-Mer, and trying to speak a few words goes a long way with the locals. Say bonjour to greet someone. Table pour deux means table for two and merci means thank you. Since this is a tourist town, most shopkeepers and waiters do understand enough English to help you get by.


Sanary-Sur-Mer Cruise Reviews
Nice quiet fishing village.Read More
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RustyIV
Small laid back town that had a lovely local buzz - amazing food at Brise Restaurant for lunchRead More
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WanderingKiwi
Tendered in Toulon due to weather but took 15 minute taxi ride to Sanary..... Loved, Loved, Loved this city. There was a "Just Rose" Wine festival we went too. FabulousRead More
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SandyNYC
very nice and pleasant. Lots of information again from guide.Read More
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