About the Resort
Saint-Tropez is a popular French Riviera vacation spot in France. Located
on the Mediterranean coast near Nice and sitting on the north side of the
tip of a peninsula, it seems odd that Saint Tropez would be a popular resort.
This town combines the charm and friendliness of a Provencal village with
the advantages of an internationally famous site.
It was originally just a sleepy fishing village frequented by painters and
writers. However this was changed forever by "And God Created Woman", a 1956
film that put this town aswell as Brigitte Bardot on the map. Suddenly it
was the pinnacle of chic and everybody wanted to be there. Ever since, stars,
paparazzi and tourists have turned up in ever increasing numbers, overwhelming
the town and it's beaches every summer season.
In Saint-Tropez and on the peninsular you will find truly exceptional luminosity
and intensity of colour. This very special quality of light derives from
the unique and paradoxical location of Saint-Tropez on France's Mediterranean
seaboard, as well as from its outstanding climate.
Usually France vacations include some time on the beach, and Saint Tropez
offers miles of sand. The best beaches are out of town, including the popular
Plage de Tahiti, 2.5 miles southeast of town, the Plage de Pampelonne. Situated
on the east side of the peninsula, this golden curve of sand is packed full
of beach clubs and restaurants. Further south around the Cap Camarat is the
Plage de l'Escalet, much less crowded and free. But if swimwear is making
you feel restricted, head east to La Moutte, a naturiste beach, and shed
Still circumventing the port for the moment, don't miss a visit to the hilltop
Citadel, a fascinating historic monument which is open to visits. It offers
some of the best views of the bay, and a few peacocks wandering the grounds.
Built by soldiers in the late 16th century, the Citadel was constantly besieged
by the very inhabitants it was intended to protect, and often with Royal
approval too! Climb to the top of the tower and enjoy the view!
The ideal moment to enter the town is probably at dusk, when the sun finally
retreats behind the hills of Grimaud and the Mistral wind slumbers.
As night falls, enjoy the maze of little streets, the cafe terraces and
the music, laughter and general bubble and fizz that descends on Saint-Tropez
every evening. For you really must spend at least one night here in order
to appreciate the beauty of the morning light, as you drink a coffee on the
port then stroll down to "Mole Jean Reveille" jetty and sit on the infamous "Banc
des Menteurs" (Liar's Bench). Take a tour to discover the "Porche de la Ponche" -
the town's ancient access - the port, shady lanes, beautiful little chapels,
tiny squares, alleyways, short cuts and secret gardens hidden right in the
Those on a St Tropez holiday will want to spend some time at a nightclub.
Les Caves du Roy is in the swanky Hotel Byblos, where high society sips.
Like most joints in St Tropez, drinks are expensive. Bodega de Papagayo is
an Asian influenced bar and restaurant, populated by a young crowd. For more
salt of the earth drinking, try Kelly's Irish Pub, featuring Guinness, live
music, and Irish lovers.
"People watching" is a favorite sport here in the summer, Visitors like
to sit at the outdoor cafes 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 .
St Tropez holiday lodging is expensive, however, some reasonable deals are
possible. A good value is Lou Cagnard, a traditional farmhouse surrounded
by plants. Le Baron is a calm, quiet hotel overlooking the citadel. If you
want to rub noses with the elite, stay at Le Yaca, which has great views
of the bay, a pool, and peacocks roaming about.
Saint-Tropez's true nature can really only be appreciated in the off months.
If you have the choice come here in May, June or September, without the crowds
one can take the time to admire the charming little streets and alleys