Winter is an ideal time to walk around port towns like Sanary-sur-mer, just near Toulon in the Var. The sun was shining, the skies were blue and there were few tourists mulling about. It was a Saturday in February so most shops were open and the large open air market was full of choices for fresh produce.
Sanary made me think both of St Tropez and also Juan-les-pins (in the Cote d’azur) but a miniature version of both. It’s easy to walk around and it’s super clean. The main road, in front of the port where pretty sail boats dock, was closed off to traffic (must be a weekend thing) so people can walk freely, dine without having to see cars, and children can cycle or peddle their scooters around. It was a slice of heaven on an otherwise chilly and windy day. There are some really great shops too, high quality boutiques and a huge choice of restaurants (see the town hall’s restaurant list here: http://www.sanary-tourisme.com/preparez-votre-sejour/restauration.html)
We had lunch at the new Café de Lyon where the mussels dish with chorizo and penne was absolutely divine.
Provence Living has a cyber friend, Tuula, who runs Belle Provence Travels and we recommend visiting her site and following her on Facebook because she’s the expert living in this area: https://belleprovencetravels.com/
Sanary is about an hour and a half’s drive from Cotignac. I highly recommend a visit (but maybe not in July or August when it’s too hot and too touristy).