Saint-Tropez, the legendary village on the French Riviera.
International tourist mecca, St. Tropez's mythical tame has played a largepart in the renown of the whole French Riviera.
In St. Tropez everything is famous:
- Beaches : Bouillabaisse Beach, Caneliers Beach, Salins Beach, Pampelonne... there are at least 40 on the peninsula.
- There is the Place des Lices where movie stars and local stars get togettier to play a game of boules or sip Pastis under the plane trees. Everybody, of course, wears their leather "Tropeziennes" sandals.
Brigitte Bardot, jet set: the history of Saint Tropez
St. Tropez became "St Trop" when the show business people, artists and writers all fell under the spell of this charming little port in the 1950s. In the summer one could bump into Picasso, Francoise Sagan Jacques Prevert and many others. With the arrival of Brigitte Bardot in the 6O's the myth was installed for good. Since then St. Tropez has become the in vacation spot for chic Parisians and the international Jet Set.
The nightlife is very lively, several private parties are held each evening in the luxurious villas of the gulf where some of the guests arrive by helicopter to avoid traffic jams.
The port of Saint Tropez
People watching is a favorite sport here in the summer. Visitors like to sit at the outdoor cafés hoping either to be seen or to see some one else. Competition is rife. Huge yachts line up in the port rivaling to see which is the biggest, the prettiest, the best kept, or has the snappiest crew.
When should you go to Saint Tropez?
If you have the choice, prefer the months of May, June and September to enjoy St Tropez. Without the crowds, old St Tropez will reveal itself with its charming little alleys and flowers in warm colors.
Early in the morning, Place aux Herbes offers vegetables, fruit and flowers next to the marina where some fishermen live who sell their fish on the market, not far from the famous breweries "Le Gorille" and "Senequier".
Market and festivities in St Tropez
A typical Provencal market is held every Tuesday and Saturday morning in the Place des Lices.
Religious and festive processions called "Bravades" are lively celebrations which begin in May and continue until the 15th of June.
Our map of Saint Tropez
To find your way around Saint Tropez, you can use our interactive map, which you'll find on this page. We've also included our accommodation recommendations if you'd like to spend a few days in Saint Tropez during your holiday.
Luxury holidays in Saint Tropez
Many wealthy tourists come to Saint Tropez for a luxury holiday. They use specialist companies such as Excellence Riviera :
What to see
Annonciade Museum (Paul Signac, Braque, Matisse, Utrillo, Van Dongen, Bonnard, Dufy).
The butterfly house of the painter and entomologist Danny Lartigue.
The old port. Place des Lices.
Place des Ormeau.
The 18th c. church and bell tower.
Tennis. Squash. Golf.
Hiking along the coast.
With direct access to the beach, this hotel has a great location. Relax on the furnished terrace by the outdoor swimming pool, just 1.5 km from Saint-Tropez. All of the hotel's air-conditioned rooms are soundproofed and feature a desk and flat-screen cable TV. The en suite bathrooms are fitted with a bathtub and free toiletries.
Camping 4* situated in a 31 acre landscaped park 5 km from the beach
mobil home rental, bungalow 4/8 pers & camping pitches
Heated pools - Multisport field - Kid Club - Entertainment - Restaurants
YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT SAINT-TROPEZ
Saint-Tropez is a myth and raises many questions among our readers. Here are our answers to your most frequently asked questions, so that all visitors to Provence Web can find out more.
Where to walk in St Tropez?
Take a stroll along the Place des Lices, through the narrow streets of the old town, or along the harbour to admire the yachts and sailing boats: it's luxury that will impress you in Saint Tropez. You can also take a walk along the coastal path.
Why is St Tropez so popular?
Saint-Tropez has always attracted artists for its beauty and French-style dolce vita. In the 1960s, stars - including Brigitte Bardot, who moved to La Madrague - flocked to Saint Tropez every summer, making the Var town the jet-set capital of the Côte d'Azur.
What's the best day to go to saint-tropez?
To make the most of the lively market on Place des Lices, you can go on Tuesdays or Saturdays out of season. In high season, avoid weekends and try to get there early in the morning before it gets too crowded. The best months are April to June and September-October.
Which is the most beautiful beach in Saint-Tropez?
Among the beaches in Saint Tropez, we recommend the Plage des Salins for its fine sand and translucent waters. Perfect for a swim and a stroll along the coastal path.
Which stars live in Saint Tropez?
Apart from Brigitte Bardot, who still lives in Saint Tropez (now at La Garrgue), most of the big stars want big houses and have found them in the villages around Saint Tropez, like Brad Pitt in Correns or Johnny Depp at Plan de la Tour. On the other hand, the parties in Saint Tropez attract some of today's biggest stars every year (Rihanna, Di Caprio...).
A restaurant to recommend in Saint Tropez?
Of all the restaurants in Saint-Tropez, try the Mediterranean cuisine at "La Voile d'Or", which has been awarded three Michelin stars. For a less astronomical budget, try the "Pearl Beach" along the beach.