How these towns in the Var develop their beaches to delight dogs and their masters

Alone on the sand, with their paws in the water, their dream was too beautiful… If Roch Voisine’s song had a canine version, it would surely be the one Lucy would sing. This little 6-year-old royal bourbon is exposed to idleness, in the shade, under the parasol of her mistresses comfortably installed on the beach of Pampelonne. One of the few beaches where canines are allowed “provided they are kept on a leash”.

In the Gulf, only four municipalities out of twelve accept our faithful companions: Ramatuelle, but also Sainte-Maxime and to a lesser extent Saint-Tropez and Cogolin. In the Raphaelite area, only Fréjus and Saint-Aygulf play it “Dog friendly”.

A choice that can be strategic because some owners choose their destination based on this authorization. Like Henriette, an Italian tourist, with her dog Milly in Ramatuelle: “We are lucky to be able to take them with us to the beach and make a point of respecting the rules”. Originally from Genoa, she comes “especially here” on vacation to enjoy the few beaches authorized for canids by the municipalities.

A stone’s throw from Milly and Henriette, Lætitia and her son Alexandre are walking “like almost every morning their three dogs. Pop-Corn, a Jack Russell, Lola, a Coton de Tuléar and Nougat, a Maltese bichon, take the opportunity to bicker in the sand and fight each other during long chases. “It’s important that they feel free and that’s the feeling you get when you bring them here.”

In Sainte-Maxime, under the Préconil bridge, Giuliana takes advantage of her lunch break to play with Doudou, her American akita, by the water. “I don’t have a swimming pool at home and since it’s very hot, I come here regularly so that he can cool off”.

In Frejus

From Fréjus-plage to the small coves of Saint-Aygulf, the town of Fréjus alone offers some 8 kilometers of coastline dedicated to swimming.

Handis, naturists, for whom areas are also reserved, or more simply little swimmers in search of freshness, all swimmers are all welcome on the outskirts of the Roman city.

Even pets, of course accompanied by their masters, also have their little corner of paradise right in the water.

Thus, two spaces have been delimited for them.

The first is located on Pacha Beach at the Nature Base and the second on the fine sand of Esclamandes Beach in Saint-Aygulf.

“Fréjus being a tourist destination, we were keen to offer both Fréjus residents and holidaymakers a beach that will be able to accommodate animals this summer…”announces a municipal press release, to also prevent the fight against the abandonment of animals as the summer holidays approach.

For his part, Jean-Louis Barbier, assistant to the maritime domain of the city of Fréjus, specifies: “These two areas reserved for pets will be accessible until the end of the season. We are thus responding to a request from Fréjus residents but also from visitors…”

The two spaces each extend over some 100 linear meters. “Like all of the city’s beaches, they are sifted through every morning as part of the daily beach clean-up rounds.”

Short-haired or long-haired, in all cases, the best friends of animals now have a nice place in the sun on the French Riviera…


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