One perfect day in Saint Tropez : A Provencal escape!

Saint Tropez, the Côte d’Azur seaside town, is a Romantic Port of call which became a spectacular resort destination after World War II.  Drawn for its unbeatable setting and glamorous vibe, St Tropez saw an influx of artists of the French New Wave then the European and American jet setters came along. The legendary actress Brigitte Bardot put the town on the map when she filmed “And God Created Woman” here.  When we were in Southern France and we spent a perfect day in Saint Tropez, while we didn’t get to the beach we spent a leisurely day exploring the town. 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. And that is exactly what it was, a Provencal escape!

One day in Saint Tropez

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Saint Tropez - our ride
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One perfect Day in Saint Tropez : Photo diary of a Provencal escape!
Saint Tropez : Photo diary of a Provencal escape!
Saint Tropez : Photo diary of a Provencal escape!
Saint Tropez : Photo diary of a Provencal escape!
Saint Tropez : Photo diary of a Provencal escape!
Cannes
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A view of the Cannes

Saint Tropez : Photo diary of a Provencal escape!
One day in Saint Tropez : Photo blog of a Provencal escape!
Saint Tropez : Photo diary of a Provencal escape!
Saint Tropez : Photo diary of a Provencal escape!
Saint Tropez : Photo diary of a Provencal escape!

Exploring the town of Saint Tropez

We enjoyed our boat ride from Nice to Saint Tropez and saw some mega yachts in the water as we crossed Cannes and Antibes.  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 century Citadelle de St. Tropez.  This spot has fantastic views of the city!

Best views of the city!

Saint Tropez : Photo diary of a Provencal escape!

The walked by the VIP room frequented by the celebrities

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.

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Saint Tropez - flower store
Saint Tropez : Photo diary of a Provencal escape!
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Saint Tropez : Photo diary of a Provencal escape!

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 it is clear of people and the markets, 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.

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The pretty church

Port of Saint Tropez

The legendary actress Brigitte Bardot put the town on the map when she filmed “And God Created Woman” here.

Best Beaches in Saint Tropez

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.  Unlike the beaches of Cannes and Juan Les Pins, St Tropez has some of the best and beautiful beaches – glorious deep white sand stretches out into fabulous azure blue water that gently slopes away into the bay. Bummer!! We totally missed it but now I have an excuse to go back!

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.

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 go there 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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Beaches in Saint Tropez (Photo from Pixabay)

Nice Port

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 favorite, Côte de Provence rosé at a sidewalk café – Cafe de Paris, I think we have ate at every possible Cafe de Paris we came across on this trip.

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A glass of Côte de Provence rosé and Salad Nicoise at Café de Paris

How to get to Saint Tropez 

We took the Trans cote d’azur boat from Nice which left the port at 9am and it took us two hours to get to Saint Tropez, we took the 4 pm boat back to Nice.

Other things to do in Saint Tropez (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 quiet 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 quiet 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.

Where to Stay in Saint Tropez

Here are a couple of hotels that are on my list when we go back next time.  Hotel de Paris-Saint-Tropez has elegant rooms and suites that evoke refined luxury. The hotel has been totally redesigned recently and even has a suspended glass-bottomed swimming pool.  There are several restaurants and the rooftop lounge “Les Toits” is popular for sun-downers. With only 31 rooms and suites, Cheval Blanc St-Tropez is another 31 beautiful hotel for Tropezian holiday. Located in the heart of the village and each room uniquely decorated in a Provençal theme Byblos Saint-Tropez is dreamy as it gets!

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You might also like: French Riviera Itinerary and other posts from our trip to the South of France and Monaco

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  1. What a lovely day trip. This seems like a boat is a great way to get to visit St. Tropez from Nice. I haven’t been St. Tropez but your pictures have convinced me I should definitely go some day.

  2. I would love to visit here one day! It all looks so relaxing and beautiful. Though I would have eaten all of those macaroons!

  3. What a lovely visit. It reminded me of my trip to Taormina last summer: picturesque location, great food and wine and leisure stroll are so nice once in a while. Macaroons, the love of my inner foodie, look so delicious!

  4. Oh man the pictures definitely made me want to visit! The beaches looks so beautiful and so blue! I haven’t been to St. Tropez and to be honest, I haven’t heard much of it but now I will be adding this to my list.

  5. Loved it when we went, some years ago now. I think it’s changed somewhat since then, but is clearly still beautiful and busy. The market really is great, isn’t it?

  6. I haven’t been to St Tropez but it looks like a place I would love! 🙂
    As you mentioned, I think I’ll stay there for a few days too if I ever get to visit it.

  7. I love the French Riviera and Saint Tropez is one of my favorite spot. Reminds me that Brigitte Bardot use do walk nude on this beach in her years of glory (and all the paparazzi were after her).

  8. This is the only major town at the French Riviera that I didn’t visit:( great post!:) I put my latest post on the link up, Monaco! I saw before your post on it too:)

  9. You had me at Laduree! Lol This makes me even more desperate to visit Provence! What a gorgeous post! 🙂