Most people have heard of Saint-Tropez and know it as a luxury beach destination that attracts high flyers from all around the world, but it’s not just an elite location, there’s something there for everybody. Set in the beautiful region of the South of France, you can enjoy the amazing climate during the summer and the huge range of bars, restaurants and luxury activities that Saint-Tropez has to offer. If you’re a first-time visitor, this is everything you need to know.
There isn’t an airport in Saint-Tropez itself so you’ll need to fly into either Nice or Toulon-Hyeres but it shouldn’t take you too long to get over there from the airport. It’s about an hour and a half to drive there from Nice and just under an hour from Toulon-Hyeres. There’s not much in it so the best thing to do is see which airport is cheaper to fly to for you and go there.
Where to stay
If you’re trying to do it on the cheap, there are some hostels and hotels you could stay in, but Saint-Tropez is all about the luxury lifestyle and you should live it while you’re over there. There are some great high end villas in Saint-Tropez that come with all of the added extras you need for the true Saint-Tropez experience. These great villas come complete with their own pool for ultimate relaxation and they’re situated right near all of the best attractions in the area.
One of the main attractions in Saint-Tropez is the harbour where you’ll find hordes of incredible yachts and traditional fishing boats that you can take a day trip on. All of the locals and celebrity visitors love to spend time out on the water on their luxury boats, so while you’re there you should sample that lifestyle as well. Even if you’re not that interested in taking to the water, the harbour is still worth a visit. Along the seafront, you’ll find all sorts of gourmet restaurants or if you fancy something a little less pretentious, there are some great little crêpe stands where you can pick up a cheap, authentic French snack.
At the turn of the 20th century, Saint-Tropez was a hub for revolutionary art movements and you can see some of that at L’Annonciade, the local art museum. In an old converted 16th century chapel, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy port, you can find a collection of pieces from the best artists of the last century. If you’re an art buff, this is an absolute must.
Citadelle De Saint-Tropez
If you’re interested in history, there are some great sites in Saint-Tropez for you to visit. The Citadelle, a 17th century fortress to the east of Saint-Tropez, is a beautiful example of well-preserved medieval architecture. The magnificent fortress is surrounded by the moats and defences that protected it during a war with the Spanish.
Saint-Tropez is known for being a playground for the rich but that’s only one small part of what it has to offer.