Ramatuelle is a village in a hill overlooking the Meditarian sea .  When you enter the medieval heart of the village, the cobbled streets curve round around its chateau.Jasmine, bougainvillea and honeysuckle are nearly everywhere in this village.The  stone houses open their pastel shutters onto covered stalls of local crafts, produce and fine art galleries.

In the Ramatuelle  you have the Bonne Terrasse bay, the final rampart before the legendary Pampelonne Beach. Forget the movie images with Brigitte Bardot or Louis de Funes, this nature area is one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Ramatuelle is the inner sanctum of numerous artists; we know for example that Gérard Philipe lived here. In 1985 the Brialy Festival was launched, named after its instigator Jean-Claude Brialy. Brigitte Bardot lives here part of the year.

The origin of the name Ramatuelle remains a mystery although some believe it may be Arabic (from Ramadan). The village is mentioned for the first time in the 11th century in a Saint-Victor de Marseille Abbey charter. It has retained its structure and medieval walls. In the Middle Ages, the parish church which at the time was called Notre-Dame du Pin was more or less where the town hall is today. The current church was built at the end of the 16th century backing onto the ramparts. A 14th century watchtower was adopted as the bell tower. On 15 August 1944, Pampelonne beach played a role in the Provence Landings.

 

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