Welcome to Saint-Tropez
Every summer, images of movie stars, oligarchs and models enjoying champagne on yachts and dancing in nightclubs adorn the pages of celebrity magazines, all with the same caption "spotted in Saint-Tropez”. It is easy to see the attraction of this once tiny fishing village with its beautiful beaches, luxury yachts, exclusive boutiques, cafes and bars offering the millionaire lifestyle with a twist of French Riviera chic.
However, Saint-Tropez has managed to retain a quiet charm in its narrow streets, traditional restaurants shaded by grapevines and the pretty harbour lined with wooden masts. Spectacular white sand beaches line the Gulf de Saint-Tropez while the Provencal countryside rises up behind the town with medieval villages, vineyards and lavender fields sweeping over the rolling hills.
Saint-Tropez combines this old-fashioned charm with its status as the preferred destination for the rich and famous. A pretty Provencal village with an immaculate maze of cobbled lanes filled with boutiques and lovely cottages with painted shutters, Saint-Tropez is also well-known for its designer boutiques, glitzy art galleries, world-renowned beach clubs and exclusive nightclubs.
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Saint-Tropez is well-known for its annual sailing regattas, including the Rolex Cup and the Voiles de Saint-Tropez. There are also some more traditional festivals that you can attend such as the Bravades. Musical events are mainly focused on classical and jazz music and the very popular Place des Lices market takes place every week.
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What to see & do in Saint-Tropez
Sailing is a big thing in St Tropez, so charter a yacht and explore the coastline from the sea or book a shared boat trip and visit the charming villages around the bay. For the more active, hire bicycles and discover the gulf using the dedicated cycle lanes or head into the hills of the Massif des Maures, a natural park which has plenty of hiking trails. There are also a number of horse riding centres, theme parks and waterparks. Finally, on Pampelonne Beach you will find watersports galore.
History buffs will enjoy the local museums such as the 17th-century La Citadel, which boasts beautiful views over the sea, the House of Butterflies and the Annonciade Museum, one of the longest-established modern art galleries in France. The famous yellow and red church tower featured in all the photographs of Saint-Tropez is Notre Dame de l'Assomption, a Baroque-style church. The surrounding area has plenty to explore too, with vineyards, gardens and hilltop villages with ruined castles.