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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 your cloths.

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 centre!...

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


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Click to close this windowResidence Le Domaine de Figuiere ****
The Domaine de Figuiere consists of around twenty Provencal styled comfortable houses spread over the domain.

Each house is divided into four superb 4 to 8 person apartments (on ground or 1st floor) with terrace or balcony equipped with chairs, table and parasol...

more about Residence Le Domaine de Figuiere ****

32 bedrooms combine high comfort and personalized decoration with provencal or romantic tonalities. Welcoming 1 to 4 guests, they are spacious, faced South for most of them and offer a breathtaking view on the islands, the palm trees and the swimming-pool.

They are equipped with satellite TV, direct dial telephone, safe box, and lovely en-suite bathrooms decorated with bright or pastel mosaics.

Breakfast and meals will be served in the park, on our shaded terrace : Snack at the swimming-pool at lunch and grill at dinner (from May to September)
more about Hotel l'ORANGERAIE***

Hotel Les Jardins de Sainte-Maxime ***
At the gates of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, secretly nestled on the Mediterranean coast, within walking distance of a sandy beach and a few minutes from Sainte-Maxime, the hotel Les Jardins de Sainte-Maxime enjoys *** of an exceptional situation. At the heart of a botanical garden style tropics, the hotel offers an idyllic natural environment. Built in an amphitheatre around the outdoor pool and the indoor heated pool, the entire hotel opens on the terraces and gardens through windows that provide a brightness out of the ordinary.more about Hotel Les Jardins de Sainte-Maxime ***
Amarante Golf Plaza Hotel ****
Located on the hills of Ste Maxime, the Amarante Golf Plaza Hotel offers a panoramic view of the famous bay of St Tropez.Situated in the quiet part of the village, the hotel was founded on the sweet and warm spirit of the Mediterranean.In this calm and voluptuous place, the welcoming and comfortable rooms, each with its own view of the sloping golfcourse and the blue Mediterranean sea.more about Amarante Golf Plaza Hotel ****

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