Quick Links

Saint-Tropez is a charming village full of pastel-painted homes, winding cobblestone alleys, and leafy plazas that evoke a bygone era. The Mediterranean countryside, with its pine trees, olive groves, cypresses, and the captivating deep blue sea waves, only contribute to the attraction. For those wanting to experience the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera, this is one of the best spots in France.

The village, located on the Golfe de Saint-Tropez bay, was first discovered by the Impressionist painter Paul Signac at the end of the nineteenth century. St. Tropez is now commonly associated with A-listers sunning themselves, high-end stores, and yachts. What was once a sleepy fishing hamlet has since been transformed into a chic and upmarket beach vacation spot, and here's why it is worth a visit.

THETRAVEL VIDEO OF THE DAY

The Magnificent Nine Hectares Of Pools, Moorings, Boats, And History At Vieux Port

The Vieux Port, the old harborfront of Saint Tropez and one of the town's most prominent attractions, is surrounded by fishing boats, yachts, colorful residences, and several cafés with outdoor terraces facing the Mediterranean Sea. The port's seven hundred and thirty-four moorings, two swimming pools, and nine hectares of activities make it ideal for a couple's getaway or a family vacation.

The original construction and usage of Vieux port for fishing, moving goods and passengers, and long-distance travel makes for exciting history. The history of Vieux Port is especially noteworthy. Created for fishing, shipping commodities, passengers, and long-distance navigation, it wasn't until the 18th century that this modest fishing port developed into the marina we know today.

Place aux Herbes, and Halle aux Poissons are just two of the many marketplaces within walking distance of the Vieux port. All of them provide some of the finest regional specialties available. Furthermore, Saint Tropez's upscale status has encouraged the growth of several high-end eateries and specialty delis in the port area. Take a break and savor some delicious Mediterranean fare in one of the most stunning cities along the French Riviera.

The Café Sénéquier, located on the waterfront, is easily recognizable by its vivid red awnings and exterior. Those interested in people-watching will find the cafe to be an ideal spot. This portside eatery has been a part of the community since 1887; it's open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, supper, and late-night revelry.

Related: Here’s Everything To Do During A Visit To France’s St. Tropez

Pampelonne Beach, A 5km Stretch Of Picture-Perfect Sand

The most famous St Tropez beach isn't actually in St Tropez but nearby Ramatuelle. Still, don't let a postcode stop you from hitting this 5km (3mi) postcard-perfect stretch of white sand squeezed between the sparkling Mediterranean and scrub-studded dunes.

The five-kilometer-long sandy shoreline features upscale private beach clubs that attract a glamorous jet-setting clientele. It became famous in the nineteenth century and, between the 40s and 50s, experienced a second wave of popularity thanks to the symbol of French cinema – Brigitte Bardot and other famous persons.

Pampelonne Beach's clubs rent out lounge chairs and parasols and provide beachside service for a pampering experience. Some of the clubs have fancy restaurants with beachfront terraces.

A few of the most legendary Saint-Tropez spots include the famous Nikki Beach club. Since its debut in 2002, Nikki Beach has become one of the hottest touchstones for international celebrities and party vibes. The cool crowd of Saint-Tropez comes here to sunbathe by the pool on plush sun beds and loungers, where servers deliver beachside refreshments; dine at the gourmet restaurant, or enjoy the entertainment.

La Ponche, The Culturally Rich Old Town Of Saint Tropez

Saint Tropez's Old Town, also known as La Ponche, is located immediately below the Citadel and is the heart of the quaint fishing village that gave rise to the modern city. The Old Town is a great place to learn about the history of Saint Tropez because it is rich in cultural artifacts. The 18th-century Église Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, with its characteristic Italian baroque bell tower, towers over the surrounding neighborhood's terracotta roofs and maze of winding lanes.

Back in the day, the location was well-known, especially among the Spanish, Italian, and Greek fishermen who frequently fished alongside the locals. It is the most renowned pedestrian area in Saint Tropez. It features charmingly laid tiny passageways and lanes lined with modest stores, upscale boutiques, exclusive and trendy cafes, and high-end, classic restaurants.

Related: 10 Incredible Vacation Activities To Try In The French Riviera

France's Pioneering Modern Art Museum, The Annonciade

St. Tropez is more than just a beach, nightlife, and shopping. Curious guests can also appreciate a trip to the quiet Musée de l'Annonciade, France's first modern art museum, opened in 1922. Located in the historic Chapelle Notre-Dame de l'Annonciade (Chapel of the Annunciation), the Art Museum of Saint-Tropez is a must-visit cultural mecca. Standing on the corner of Rue de l'Annonciade and Place Georges Grammont, the museum is a tribute to the village's artistic past with its impressive Impressionist, Neo-Impressionist, and avant-garde works.

Many of the works on show were created by painters who settled in Saint-Tropez in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; these include anything from Paul Signac's Pointillist paintings to Henri Matisse's brilliant Fauvist canvases and Bonnard's evocative Nabis-style works.

Georges Braque, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Raoul Dufy, Paul Klee, Georges Seurat, Paul Gauguin, and Maurice de Vlaminck are among the other painters included in the collection. The museum is open all year round (except holidays) on Tuesdays through Sundays. Visitors can enjoy the museum leisurely during July, August, and September.

  • Address: 2 Place Georges Grammont, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France
  • Email: annonciade@ville-sainttropez.fr
  • Phone: +33 4 94 17 84 10