Saint Tropez, the Côte d’Azur seaside town, is a Romantic Port of call which became a spectacular resort destination after World War II, with the influx of artists of the French New Wave then the European and American jetsetters, drawn to St Tropez for its unbeatable setting and glamorous vibe.
We enjoyed our boat ride from Nice to Saint Tropez, we saw some mega yachts in the water as we crossed Cannes and Anitbes. When we reached The Old Port of Saint Tropez, it was filled with many more million-dollar yachts and the town had chic fashion shops and boutiques. We browsed through the provincial markets, we saw the hustle and bustle of the port in the La Ponche fishing quarter, walked around the cobbled lanes leading to St.Tropez Church and the 17th centyury Citadelle de St. Tropez. This spot has fantastic views over the city! We enjoyed a glass of Côte de Provence rosé and lunch at Café de Paris. We didn’t have a plan like we most always do, when boarding the boat to St.Tropez, we just wanted a day out in the Mediterranean waters, just a relaxing day – a Provencal escape!
A view of the Cannes
The VIP room frequented by the celebrities, drinks are predictably expensive, but then this is St Tropez, and if you’re partying here, chances are such trivialities don’t matter to you much.
A great spot for Lunch or Dinner is the Dior De Lices located in the stunning Jardins de L’Ambassade, Dior the fashion brand has an amazing restaurant in St Tropez, with a 3 Star Michellin Chef leading the kitchen. If not for a meal, stop by for some coffee, desserts, people watching and of course shopping.
Chanel sets up a pop up store in Saint Tropez during the summer months. Gabrielle Chanel created a lot of her designs dragging inspiration by the Mediterranean atmosphere that lays in Saint Tropez. The summer pop-up store is in the center of the town, until the first week of October, in the gardens of La Mistralée mansion.
After stopping by for a snack of French macarons from Laduree, we walk around the Provencal market where we saw everything from flowers, fresh fruits to olive oil, sausages and cheese. Place des Lices in the heart of St.-Tropez is a delightful place where the open-air market is held. When the Place is clear, you can see how it is lined with 100-year old plane trees. When we walked through there later in the afternoon the canopies from the market was cleared and you could see the 60 feet plane trees lined up in the beautiful square.
A glass of Côte de Provence rosé and Salad Nicoise at Café de Paris
The legendary actress Brigitte Bardot put the town on the map when she filmed “And God Created Woman” here.
We didn’t really plan on going to the beach – we didn’t even know such beautiful sandy beaches existed on the coast since most of the Cote d’Azur beaches were so pebbly. On the way back we saw some sandy feet on the boat and found out about the beaches. Bummer!! Here what we found out after our trip – The wealthy Plage Port Grimaud is the best beach to see and to be seen lounging in a Burberry bikini. Plage de Tahiti is notorious for its “unspoken” clothing-optional policy and risqué atmosphere. The best beaches for families can be found at Plage de la Bouillabaisse, Plage des Graniers and Plage des Jumeaux, which also offer beachside playgrounds. Plage de Pampellone is 3 miles of beautiful beaches, bars and places to stop for snacks.
Pampelonne beach or Plage de Pampellone is actually not even located in St Tropez itself, but rather in the neighboring commune of Ramatuelle. Unlike the beaches of Cannes and Juan Les Pins, Pampelonne really is a true beach, glorious deep white sand stretches out into fabulous azure blue water that gently slopes away into the bay. Most of the Côte d’Azur’s other beaches (with the exception of the gorgeous Plage Mala in Cap d’Ail) are bordered by roads, apartment buildings and even railway tracks! This is not the case with Plage de Pampelonne! There are more than 25 beach clubs on Pampelonne offering something to suit every taste. The 5 famous beach clubs are Club 55, Bagatelle, Les Palmiers, Nikki Beach and Tahiti Beach. You do not need to be a millionaire to come here as most of these beaches offer sunbeds from around €30-40. How much you spend on drinks is of course totally up to you!
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Planning a trip to the French Riviera? See where we stayed in Nice
Back to Nice Port in time to catch a beautiful sunset
Where we ate
Near the harbor, we enjoyed a delicious meal and a glass of local Rose at a sidewalk café – Cafe de Paris, I think we have ate at every possible Cafe de Paris we came across on this trip.
How we got there
We took the Trans cote d’azur boat from Nice which left the port at 9am and it took us two hour to get to Saint Tropez, we took the 4pm boat back to Nice.
If we go back again
Tropez is one of the liveliest towns along the coast during the summer. You can delight in the sandy beaches, culture, gourmet food and nightlife of St. Tropez. If we go back again, we will plan on spending a few days there. We loved the quite fishing village that has turned into a glamorous little town. The town was busy during the day with day-trippers like us but it gets pretty quite after dusk. Art lovers can admire the works of Signac, Denis, Matisse, Picasso and more at the Musée de l’Annonciade, converted from a 16th-century chapel to an eclectic modern art museum. The collection on show, ranges from 1890 to 1950 and is both of surprisingly high standard and homogeneity. The artists displayed have based their work upon the study of color as well as shape, the whole collection is composed of top range pictures, essentially belonging to the pointillist, Nabis and Fauvist movements. I really wanted to go but did not have time for it.
Since we didn’t make it to the white sandy beaches of Saint Tropez, we will have to make it back there again for sure! Have you been to Saint Tropez? What suggestions do you have for our next trip there?