Saint Tropez is a secluded coastal destination located on French Riviera in Cote D’Azur. This glamorous town was a modest fishing village once upon a time but today is a sophisticated getaway for celebrities and wealthy.
Even though St. Tropez is a small town there are many things you can enjoy here and spend a great weekend.
St. Tropez has plenty of beaches with well-equipped facilities and breathtaking scenery. Some of the beaches are private and a few are open to the public. The water at all the beaches has magnificent turquoise color.
- Plage de Pampelonne
- Plage de Bouillabaisse
- Plage de Canoubiers
- Plage de la Ponche
- Plage de la Fontanette
- Plage des Graniers
- Plage de la Moutte
Some beaches are faraway and will need a car but there are a few that can be reached on foot.
Rent a boat
Boat rental St Tropez is pricey but worthy. You can opt for a one hour guided tour around Saint Tropez. You can even choose a private tour, if your group is more than 8 members. Dream like coves and capes, beaches, ports, marinas, and light houses contribute to a unique seaside ambiance, while sailing on serene waters.
Hexagonal Citadel fortress was constructed in early 1600s including a ships cannon prepared for action, right at the entrance. Currently, there is a Museum of Maritime History positioned in space, where there were the dungeons in the past.
Visitors are allowed to explore the past of people who shaped St. Tropez history. From the bastions, you will see stunning panoramas of Massif des Maures and Saint Tropez Gulf.
Musee de l’Annonciade
This art museum is on top of list of tourist attraction. It is at walking distance from Saint Tropez harbor. The chapel was a church once and has remarkable impressionist paintings. There is a collection of works from Matisse’s works to Signac’s Pointillist paintings and even Bonnard’s Nabis style masterpieces. Paintings of artists included are Paul Signac, Maurice de Vlaminck, Raoul Dufy, Henry Matisse, Georges Braque, and Pierre Bonard.
La Ponche borders Vieux Port Harbor and is below citadel. It is an historic center and most picturesque area. You will see narrow alleyways for pedestrians and cobblestone lanes lined up with upscale boutiques, small shops, restaurants, and cafes.
Explore the lively quarter in this Old Town center called Rue de la Citadelle. There is an Italian Baroque bell tower at Eglise de Notre-Dame de l’Assomption church. Visitors even enjoy the delicate wood carvings and patro saints of St. Tropez.
Walk to Des Lices
If you wish to escape luxurious atmosphere then visit Des Lices. It is a pleasant town square and you will feel delighted with the charming village ambiance. Beneath the tress old men gather and play Petanque game [bocce ball version]. At Café des Arts, the local petanque players gather and hang out. Even though St. Tropez has transformed into world class resort town this place is still unchanged.
There are more than 35,000 species of butterflies from around the world displayed at this museum. You will get a peek of extinct and rare species like the Black Apollo. Entomologist claim that the collection of this museum is exceptionally valuable.