Perched on a steep hill just west of Saint Tropez, the medieval village of Gassin is listed as one of "the most beautiful villages in France" and has a spectacular panoramic view of the Golfe de St. Tropez. 4kms away down on the coast there is also a Port Gassin. The village of Gassin is reached by bus 7703 from Saint Tropez (40 mins), or along the D559 road if driving.
A number of highly recommended restaurants such as Le Vieux Gassin, Le Carpaccio, Le Pescadou and La Verdoyante offer excellent food in exceedingly pretty surroundings. Villa Belrose has a much coveted Michelin star, while those who are Michelin star hunting should splash out and head to Saint Tropez and the stunning Vague d'Or, which has a spectacular 3 stars. For those wanting a more simple, rustic meal, head to La Ciboulette for a decent pizza with a fantastic view, or to a family-run, friendly French restaurant Les Sarments.
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Sights to see include the Galerie deï Barri, which exhibits a wide range of internationally renowned artists and young emerging talents. The village has also a beautiful church called La Chapelle Notre-Dame de Compassion located steps away from the 'narrowest street in the world', l'Androuno.
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Take a tour of one of the 10 wine producing domaines including Minuty, Bertaud, Belieu and Pampelonne - and sample the lovely wines grown in the local vineyards that surround the town. If you're interested in urban design or just like a pretty town, take a wander in the new town just below the village- it's been awarded the title of 'Best New Town in Europe' for its design, which echoes but doesn't mimic the medieval town above. For a great (if expensive) day out, head to the Saint Tropez Polo Club, and there's also a theme park at Azur Park, with rides and a fair to keep the kids happy.
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Head down to the coast to the gorgeous sandy beaches of the Golfe de Saint-Tropez.
The Golf Club Saint Tropez is actually located in Gassin, and offers an 18 hole, par 71 course set in countryside of hills, forest, vineyards and sea. It is relatively exclusive and therefore avoids the crowds you often find at other Riviera golf clubs. There is a golfing academy, an executive 9 hole course with driving range, and a spa and restaurant in the spacious, elegant clubhouse reminiscent of a fine Provencal farmhouse.
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The nerve centre of nightlife in Gassin…is Saint Tropez. Enjoy some aperitifs and a good meal with friends on a terrace in Gassin, before heading downhill to the clubs and live music bars of Saint Tropez to drink champagne and dance until dawn.
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