Le Dramont & Île d’Or

The coastline surrounding the Dramont peninsula and the Golden island is truly spectacular. 

While travelling en-route to the west side of the Riviera, from Mandelieu to Fréjus you will pass the stunning volcanic red rocks of the Estérel with its tiny coves and rocky headlands. Cap Dramont is part of the Estérel National Forest. At the summit of the Cap Dramont, a semaphore was built in 1860 on the ruins of a watchtower dating back to 1562. It is still used as an observation post. The main beach in the Dramont was one of the most important ones during the landing in Provence. 20,000 GI’s from the 36th Infantry Division from Texas disembarked on August 15th 1944 and above the beach there is a landing craft, several plaques and large memorials with the important history that this beach played in the liberation of southern Europe in WW2. At the foot of the cape you can see the very picturesque port of Poussaï.

I’ile d’Or extraordinary destiny started in 1897 when an architect of the Dramont, by the name of Sergent, bought it for only 280 francs (a Peugeot car was twenty times more expensive!). A few years later, it changed owner and the Doctor Auguste Lutaud acquired it, perhaps in a card game! He declared himself “August the 1st”, sovereign of the island. He had the red rock tower built according to the unusual Sarasin architecture (in the region, architects used to favour the architecture of Genoa with a round base). The island became popular for sumptuous receptions. Today, it remains private property.

  • Village of Callian

    Callian

  • Glider

    Tourrettes

  • Explore the vineyards

    Château Saint-Esprit

  • La Camiole river waterfall

    La Camiole River

  • Lac St Croix

    Lac de Sainte-Croix

  • Provençale tomatoes

    Bagnols-en-Forêt

  • SUP on Lac St Cassien

    Lac St Cassien

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    Domaine Terres Destel

  • Plage de Pampelonne

    Plage de Pampelonne

  • Crystal clear waters

    Île de Porquerolles

  • Cannes fireworks

    Cannes

  • Montauroux

    Montauroux

  • St Tropez

    St Tropez

  • Village of Callian

    Seillans

  • View from Mons

    Mons

  • Aerodrome

    Aerodrome

  • Village of Callian

    Saint-Paul-en-Forêt

  • Village of Callian

    Fayence

  • Mimosa forest

    Tanneron

  • Explore the vineyards

    Château des Selves

  • Valensole

    Lavender fields of Valensole

  • Stunning coastline

    Le Dramont & Île d’Or

  • Port Grimaud

    Port Grimaud & Saint Maxime

  • Île Saint-Honorat shoreline & monastery

    Îles de Lérins

  • Port Hercules Monaco

    Monaco & Cap d’Ail

  • A lot of wine!

    Château de Berne

  • Gorges du Verdon

    Gorges du Verdon

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    Château Sainte Roseline

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    Domaines Ott*

  • Explore the vineyards

    Domaine Grande Bastide