Curio Local Guide

La Seyne-Sur-Mer

Authored by Carolane Domart
Carolane Domart
Freelance Social Media Marketer and Blogger

We sent Carolane Domart to the Grand Hôtel des Sablettes Plage, Curio Collection by Hilton to create a La Seyne-sur-Mer, France Local Guide. Grand Hôtel des Sablettes Plage is a historic hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea perfect for taking in stunning views, golden sunsets and visiting Les Sablettes private beach through direct access. So you can learn more about this Southern France region, Carolane created an incredible local guide full of tips, advice and local secrets just for you.

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The best thing about Seyne-sur-Mer is the Sablettes Beach. It is a beautiful, white-sand beach stretching one kilometer long in the south of the city where you can sunbathe and swim, scuba dive, windsurf and kayak.


My Perfect Day

What to do in a place like this if you only have 24 hours?

I would tell them to wake up early at the Grand Hôtel des Sablettes Plage and have breakfast on the terrace of La Galerie to watch the sunrise, followed by a dive and swim in the hotel’s outdoor pool. Next, I would advise them to take a bus or taxi to the colorful Provencal Street Market in downtown Seyne-sur-Mer (about 15 minutes by taxi). This is the largest street market in Provence, and it is set in a vibrant neighborhood filled with small shops and the sights and sounds of the Mediterranean. (It is open every day except Sunday.)

Following the street market, they should walk to Pont Levant and visit the “Raising Bridge,” an old, moveable, railroad bridge, which is now decommissioned in an upright position. Visitors ascend the 444-meter-high bridge for a gorgeous, 360-degree view of the entire city.

By now it is time for coffee. I recommend they try Torréfaction Café de Cigale. The café is located in a radiant and lively square and offers delicious, artisan-roasted coffee with high-quality biscuits that make good gifts to bring back to family and friends at home.

For lunch, they should return to the hotel and try the Gambas Grillées (grilled shrimp with risotto) at the Navigateur restaurant.

After lunch, I would suggest that my friend take a digestive walk along the Sablettes Bay or go to the Fabredas Beach. If the weather’s not too cold, they should try sunbathing or even swimming in the Mediterranean Sea.

For a cocktail and the sunset, I recommend returning to the elegant terrace of the La Galerie and trying the Iberian Plate or the Mediterranean Plate to sample a variety of Mediterranean delicacies. Then, I suggest they make sure to take a moment to go down to the beach and walk on the sand to catch the sunset. The reflections in the water are magnificent. Finally, for dinner, I suggest they order a local fish called “tamarisk wolf.” When finished, they should return to their room at the hotel and fall asleep listening to the rocking sound of waves breaking on the shore.


Where to stay

Grand Hotel Sablettes-Plage, Curio Collection by Hilton

The Grand Hôtel des Sablettes Plage, Curio Collection by Hiltonis a charming hotel overlooking the sea with a décor that reflects and builds on the city’s rich nautical and travel history. My room was called Grand Large, and it was gorgeous. Decorated like a ship, it was light, bright and airy. From the balcony, I had a panoramic view of the Sablettes Beach, the hotel swimming pool, and landscaped terrace.


The hotel also has a beautiful spa. Spa des Sablettes – NUXE has a heated swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a hammam (Turkish bath) and a sauna. Massages are available for those traveling alone or in pairs. I also enjoyed swimming and relaxing at the hotel’s large outdoor pool, which overlooks the sea.


The perfect day begins with waking up to the sound of the sea and eating breakfast at the water’s edge. It continues with a stroll along the sea to enjoy the waves and the sun, eating fish or local oysters.