St. Tropez

St. Tropez Destination Guide

St. Tropez on the French Riviera in the south of France is the ideal destination for a special holiday experience at one of the world’s most famous beach towns. It has been known for many years as the luxurious playground for the rich and famous, jetsetters, and millionaires. It definitely lives up to its reputation. In the 1950’s Brigitte Bardot brought international attention through her films that used the gorgeous area as their backdrop.

Although now mainly a tourist spot, in the 18th century St. Tropez was mainly a busy commercial port where they built three-masted ships. As far back as the year 1789, the port saw 80 ships when they visited. Sailing is still a big business in the region. The old-time trades included wine, wood, cork, and fishing.

The golden sand beaches and warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea beckon for sunbathing and many water sports including water skiing, windsurfing, jet biking, sailing, power boating, canoeing, and fishing. It is easy to rent any needed equipment. Each high-quality beach is approximately 30 meters wide and has its own private or public tanning area and beach hut. In October a special regatta attracts many yachts to this area on their way to Cannes, Nice, or Marseille.

Accommodations can vary from small luxury villas in St Tropez to ones large enough to sleep 10 to 14 people. You can choose from castles that have split their rooms into small apartments, restored 18th century buildings in the midst of beautiful gardens or vineyards, luxury mansions that front on the sea, or refurbished farmhouses.

When you explore St. Tropez, there are extraordinary sights to see, both historic and modern.

The Quartier de la Ponche is the most beautiful section where you stroll down cobblestone streets and view tall unusual buildings with lanterns that glow at night, shops, restaurants, homes, and hotels. Many of the shops are world famous, and the night life is a vibrant one.

Restaurants feature local and international cuisine. The small Chez Joseph is tucked away down one of the cobblestone streets but has wonderful food and a great view from its glassed-in porch. Reservations there are usually necessary because of its popularity. Caprice des Deux, which is owned by three brothers, boasts about their classic creme brulee dessert and duck comfit with rosemary. Cafe de Paris has excellent food such as their specialities of duck, beef filet, fresh sea catches, chicken, and sushi. It is also different and trendy with its red velour sofas and gold-framed mirrors

The 16th century Citadelle is hexagon-shaped and houses a naval museum which shows the maritime history of the area. They also hold cultural events there in the summer. The view of the gulf from the main terrace is magnificent.

The majestic 17th century Chapelle de la Misericorde in the Old Town is known for its high walls and amazing tiled roof with swirls of greens, blues and accented with gold. This majestic example of 17th century architecture also has a quaint interior.

The Chateau Suffren, built in 980, is now the place for periodic art exhibits and is a popular antique shop.

St. Tropez has special lighting, which was an inspiration for painters such as Marquet, Matisse, and Bonnard. It also appeals to modern-day painters since this area plays a major part in modern art.

For a different type of entertainment, there are many other national and local walking trails, many areas to enjoy cycling and riding when the summer months see the roads blocked with cars and provide an easier way to get around. There is a fine golf course and a casino in nearby Sainte-Maxime, which is only 5km from St. Tropez and offers less expensive villa rentals as well as endless entertainment.