St Tropez travel guide

Cities and towns

About St Tropez

St Tropez in Provence Côte d'Azur is a sophisticated resort that is popular with the European and American jet set.

The playground of celebrities and billionaires, the home of Brigitte Bardot and an incredible destination for designer shopping - St Tropez oozes glamour. With some of the best beaches on the French Riviera and bathing waters that are tested weekly for quality and temperature in the summer, St Tropez is perfect for enjoying the Mediterranean sunshine. Take a stroll around the marina filled with expensive yachts or spend your time exploring the coastline of the beautiful Côte d'Azur and the sandy beaches of Pampelonne, Bouillabaisse and Ponche to name a few. Perfect for a romantic getaway of sun, sophistication and excellent food, St Tropez also has a long history beyond its modern glamour. The town is named after a Roman intendant called Torpes who converted to Christianity and was beheaded in Pisa before his decaptitated body was set loose on a rotten boat with a rooster and a dog. The boat came ashore on what is now modern-day St Tropez. In the 17th century, the Citadel was built to protect against invaders from the sea and from its ramparts you are afforded spectacular views of the Mediterranean sea and the coastline. To celebrate the city's military history, the Bravades, a festival held from 16-18 May every year for the last 4 centuries, is a glorious parade with locals in First Empire military costumes accompanied in their march by fifes and drums.

A maritime museum will open in the Citadel in 2013 and St Tropez has some interesting museums such as the Maison des Papillons which has a collection of over 35,000 butterfly specimens that are presented on paintings of their natural habitat so that viewers can appreciate the subtleties of colour and camouflage. Butterflies from all over France as well as a collection of Amazonian butterflies and some extinct and endangered species are all on show.The Musée de l'Annonciade contains avant-garde paintings from the early 20th century, particularly those of Paul Signac who discovered the little fishing village of St Tropez in 1892 and who settled here with many artist friends such as Matisse and Marquet visiting him to paint this remarkable coast. Dating from 1890-1950 the collection holds a range of paintings from the Pointellist, Nabis and Fauvist movements. After a bit of culture, why not get back out into the sunshine by taking advantage of the many outdoor activities on offer with golf and tennis on land and lots of watersports including scuba diving, powerboating, and wakeboarding in the sea? You can also rent a boat or take a guided boat trip with several different routes to the coast and islands operating from St Tropez. In town, if you wish to take a guided tour, inidividual and group tours are available as well as tours using an IPhone which can be rented from the Tourist Office. If you feel the need to spend some time around greenery in this bronzed city, visit the Jardin des Méditerranées at the Domaine du Royal, a beautiful haven with a plant nursery and café.

For those looking for a designer bargain, a visit during the last weekend of October is a must with the Grand Braderie, a great city-wide sale. The best designer brands can be found in the 'golden triangle' of Place de la Garonne, Rue Allard and Rue Gambetta with boutiques from Dior, Vuitton, Hermes, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Armani and many more open 7 days a week. St Tropez also has a great selection of antiques shops, home decor shops, art galleries, jewellers, perfumeries, chocolateries and specialist food and wine shops selling products such as Provence lavender, honey, local leather products and AOC Provence wines. At the open-air market on the Place des Lices you'll also find a selection of clothing, food and antiques. There is, of course, a large choice of restaurants in St Tropez so why not while away your evening with some fine dining and sample some fusion cooking and world foods? A local speciality is Tart Tropezienne, a cake made of brioche dough filled with buttercream. Enjoy drinks in the cafés and bars at the port or on the terraces of the Place des Lices before moving onto St Tropez's excellent clubs and lounge bars or taking a gamble at the poker tables of the Barrière de Ste Maxime casino.

Why visit St Tropez?

  • The Beaches
  • The Citadel
  • Shopping
  • Food and Drink 

Overview

  • Country: France
  • Region: Provence Côte d'Azur
  • Department: Var
  • Population: 5,750
  • Coordinates: 43.271831,6.639935

Coordinates shown are based on the WGS84 system, please check driving directions before departing.

Nearby attractions

Inside a typically Tropezienne house which is the family home of painter Dany Lartigue, son of the famous photographer Jacques-Henri Lartigue, you'll discover a huge collection of butterfly specimens from all over the world....

Just south of St Tropez, Pampelonne beach is a beautiful stretch of white sand 4.5km long that is split up into separate sections for families, gays and nudists. With lots of beach clubs where you can get chairs and umbrellas...

Just a 15 minute boat trip from Cannes, the Île Ste-Marguerite is an island that is just off the coast and is home to the Fort Royal, where the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask is said to have been held.

Famous for hosting the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival, the Palais des Festivals sits on the east side of the Old Port in Cannes. The festival is held annually in May but if you can't make it then, you can still take a...

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