THE STARTING POINT
Marius Michel, Count Michel de Pierredon is a foam born in Sanary became director of the lighthouses and beacons of the Ottoman Empire. After obtaining the concession of the quays, docks and warehouses of the commercial port of Istanbul he acquires the honorary title of “Pacha of the Ottoman Empire”, that is why he is better known under the name of Michel Pacha.
He became mayor of Sanary in 1865 where he built his residence in 1872 and wanted to turn the district into a seaside resort.
In 1879, he settled in Tamaris in order to create a popular seaside resort, tinged with orientalism.
He gradually acquired 80 hectares of land to realize his dream. For 10 years, he developed the parks of Sablettes and Tamaris. “The Builder” was born.
He built the first casino, which functioned from 1887.
With the opening of the Grand Hotel, the following year, the success of the district is achieved. In 1895, a second casino was built in Tamaris.