Not a very old story…
His firsts inhabitants were some fishermen from Genoese and Catalan origins. They founded the city of Le Lavandou, attracted by a sea full of fishes. Le Lavandou was a little hamlet depending from the village of Bormes-les-mimosas, it became independent and a city in 1913. Its village was only populated by 776 inhabitants and 150 of them were fishermen (Pescadous as we call them in Provençal).
It became the first port of the Var. It is a young city, since it is only 100. Today, there 6 002 inhabitants in Le Lavandou.
But only a few dozen of fishermen live here. Let’s discover the history of its different neighbourhoods…
It is at Cavalière, hamlet of the city of Le Lavandou, that the Greeks are said to have built the station of Alconis, which became known during the roman peace the soft Alcône, a luxury residence and the favourite place of the Latin people.
In 1855, there were 30 fishing boats.
To renovate old buildings, a fishermen tribunal and an entrepôt of fishing nets with dyeing were built in 1932. They were called « Chaudron Vaillant-couturier ».
In 1901, the fishermen in Le Lavandou took 134 845 kilos of fishes, which was the highest figure in the Var.