Here are some photos of St. Tropez. When we went, amazingly, it was quiet! We also had beautiful sunshine through our whole vacation. Afterwards, we took a walk around the city. But the photos don't compare with the reality. It's even more surprising in real life. This is a classic city for chic and famous tourism.
You don't need more reasons to visit this place when you discover it's the deepest gorge in Europe. On the south side, which is what we drove, was a winding road that runs from Aiguines until the Mescla Balcons, that will take no less than an hour and a quarter to drive. Along the way, are many stopping areas to allow you to stop and sightsee. For the more adventurous there are numerous trails leading down to the river itself, but it is very important to know the roads well before because the river floods can be very dangerous. The Cavaliers hotel is in a spectacular area of the gorge and has a restaurant and panoramic views, ideal for a refreshing break.
Porquerolles is the largest of the Hyères Islands found in the Mediterranean Sea. Much of the island is a protected natural park where building houses is prohibited. You can't bring your car, either. Visitors must arrive by a boat which leaves every half hour in the high season from the coast of Hyères. You can rent a bike for the day or explore the island on foot, heading down the various dirt roads which lead to different beaches. The island also has several restaurants for every budget, from pan bagnats or pizza to restaurants serving fresh fish like the chic Mas du Langoustier at the end of the island where dinner can reach upwards of 75euros a person. Renting a bike costs 15euros/day and the price of food, souvenirs, etc. is, in general, higher than it is on the mainland. In the dry season, access to the interior of the island is prohibited due to the high risk of fire. Thus the "Alarm Plan." You can go to the beaches along the coast or on the first two paths. Otherwise, normally, (except for two private wineries) the island is open to hikers. For the same fire hazards, you can't camp or smoke outside of the villages.
Saint-Tropez, the first time I went, I said I want to go back. It is a dream city on the shores of the Mediterranean. This former fishing village turned luxury destination for French and worldwide millionaires. Its landscape and nature and color is the best advert for this corner of the Riviera.
Port Grimaud is a little place that's hidden away a few miles from St. Tropez. About 2000 people live in this charming community in the channels that face the sea. Take a boat ride through the canals and explore this unique place. There are several restaurants, shops and shopping areas attract thousands of tourists every day. Absolutely lovely!
WHen you arrive to port you immediately get the impression that Toulon city was neglected, and it is not usually the style of France, where it is common to feel as though they have taken care of every corner, the facades of the houses were dirty, scruffy and many of the structures were horrible new construction without any harmony with the landscape. Luckily we discovered as we enter another softer side, something that reminded us that we were in France, not from a last resort, and today it isn´t a top priority. But this does not mean they have a good system to facilitate tourists a city guide. There are many things and places to see in Toulon, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Asian Art, and their churches, beaches or Mont Faron.I leave you with their web site so you can browse before visiting http://www.Toulon.Com
The Citadel of Saint-Tropez located high up in the city. It is a fortress that was built during the 16th century religious wars to protect the bay of Saint-Tropez from Spanish attacks. At that time, France was allied with the Spanish and the fort served to keep English attacks at bay. During World War II, the Germans helped control the horizon. This fort was built to be a deterrence, not a defensive shelter. The people didn't take refuge in it in case of armed conflict. The most standout feature of this fort is its hexagonal shape surrounded by three lines of protection, so that if the enemy managed to cross it and enter the fort, they would be surrounded on all sides by soldiers stationed on the first floor, from which they could pour boiling water on their intruders. I recommend taking a tour in order to discover all these attack techniques better. The citadel is open daily, from 10 to 18 hours in season, and from 10 to 12 and from 13:30 to 17 hours out of season. Closed bank holidays (November 1, 25 December, 1 January, 1 and 17 May, the day of the ascent and August 15)
Bormes Le Mimosa is a must when traveling to Provence; I've gone several times because it is charming, has great views and the flower-filled streets are beautiful. There are beautifully manicured gardens,and I'll definitely go back!
The "Conservatoire Botanique de Porquerolles Méditerranéen National" is an institution promoting conservation. It has programs that are in keeping, by nurturing and care, with the different species of Mediterranean flowers. The centre has many locations, but the island of Porquerolles is home to the most picturesque. Thus, in the central island, numerous farms and plots are distributed throughout the park (Porquerolles is part of a natural park consists of several islands), which separately grow species of shrubs and fruit trees. There are several varieties of figs, apricots, blackberries, olives, almonds, and oleander that will delight the eye and palate. All these properties are maintained and preserved by staff. During the various walks around the island, you can see several of the farms, although their largely found in the middle. It's a sight to see all these crops in bloom or laden with delicious fruits. In principle, there not available to visitors, but no one will say anything if you take some figs or a handful of almonds. This is how the centre procreates different species that have always grown in the French Mediterranean.
The Esterel Massif greatly impressed me. This ancient volcano is a palette of colors, perfect for photographers. The striking red color of the volcano diminishes or revives itself, depending on the time of day, in permanent contrast to typical Mediterranean vegetation that has found its place on this volcanic land over 250 million years. Currently, the Esterel is 32000 hectares large, which can be all toured on foot, through their trails surrounded of wild landscapes. This place isn't just for photography fans, sports enthusiasts will love it too: there are circuits equipped for them, a total of 45 km. of trails to explore on foot, 100 miles of marked bike routes and 100 km of tracks for horses. But whether you are on foot (like me), cycling or riding, you need to be a little careful: there are 14,000 hectares classified and therefore protected!. And if you want to see a bit more contrast, you can go up to the top of the mastif(the highest is 618 meters above sea level), as there you will find a breathtaking view of the blue Mediterranean Sea.
The Musée de l'Annonciade is in the Saint-Tropez port, in what was once a chapel. The Chapel of Our Lady of the Annunciation was built in 1568 and converted into a museum in 1937. The city paid tribute to the many artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that came to the region to paint. In turn, this museum features modern and contemporary paintings from the nineteenth century. The permanent collection is truly exquisite: Braque, Matisse, Modigliani, Seurat, Vuillard, Signac just to name a few, and not to forget it's most famous painting, "The Port of Saint-Tropez." It's a paradise for art history lovers. It's a famous museum that loans their pieces to temporary collections in museums all over the world. Outside the museum, the city regularly hosts temporary exhibits of renowned artists such as Botero. The museum is open daily, except Tuesdays and during the low season, from 10-12 and 14-18. It's closed in November and on holidays (including December 25, January 1, May 1 and the day of the Ascension).
If we go up to it, we have to travel to the French area of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, to the town of Toulon, where the Mount dominates the bay. Its height is 584 meters and its composition is principally of limestone, with a flat top for hiking trails. To get to the top there are 2 ways, either by car or cable car, drive access is through a one-way road that climbs up the side of the mountain and goes down on the other hand, where there are vantage points along the way where you can stop and enjoy the views. It usually ends in this mountain the 5th stage of the Mediterranean cycling race in the South of France since the year 1974. At the top, to gaze across the bay and its extension, one can walk among the pine trees, or climb and have a picnic in the areas, or eat in bars, restaurants there in the bush. Another thing we can do is visit the landing of Allied Memorial in Provence in the year 1944, or go to visit the Zoo at the top that specializes in the conservation of all types of cats. Definitely a place to enjoy a lovely panoramic view and to spend a day outdoors.
The island of Embiez belongs to the Ricard family, who fully conditioned it. You can get there from the port of Brusc by transporter, canoe or even by windsurfing. There are small coves, a wine museum, oceanographic centre with aquarium, and port on the island. There are salt marshes, vineyards and numerous palm trees as well. For hikers, there's an old tower on top of a small hill that you can climb to. There's also sailing at the sailing club, or catamaran sailing. The island also has many bars and restaurants scattered around the harbour and a hotel area if you want to stay a little longer in paradise.
The beach of Pampelonne is about 5-10 minutes away from the city center. You only need to follow the route of the beaches. The beach consists of of golden sand and some stones. The water is a turquoise which immediately invites you to take a bath. On this beach you will find restaurants that have helped to give the city its prestige, such as the Club 55 or the Voile Rouge. It was thanks to Brigitte Bardot, in times of the yé-yes, when it became the hangout beach for the luxury clientele. Currently, strolling along the water's edge to the rocky cliffs, or to lie on the sand for sunbathing, are very enjoyable. And if you like sports you can do sailing or you can rent a jet ski that are really fun! And after a day so packed, you can have a drink at one of the many bars and restaurants in the area.
The Pampelonne beach is 5-10 minutes drive from the city centre as long as you follow the route to the beaches. A long beach of golden sand and stones. The water is a turquoise immediately inviting to dive in. On the beach you'll find restaurants that have helped give kudos to the city, such as Club 55 or the Voile Rouge. It was thanks to Brigitte Bardot, in times of the yé-yes, when it began to become a luxury beach hangout for tourists. Stroll along the water's edge to the rocky cliffs, or lie on the sand and sunbathe. If you like sports, why not try out the jet skis? The jet skis are really fun.
The old port of Saint Raphael has an amazing ambience in the early hours of the morning! Its filled with fisherman arriving, tourists going up to one of the ships of Saint Raphael, others just arriving for a day at the beach. During your stay in Saint Raphael you must visit the old port. It is also ideally located in the heart of the city, near the foot of the water.
Here there is constant activity. The fish market attracts all types of people- from restaurateurs to consumers, all who are eager for good fresh fish like bream, mullet, hake. There is something for everyone! Once the stands are emptied, those who are curious will not be bored. You can stroll through the garden of Bonaparte, or the shade of old plane trees in the courtyard of Jean Bart, from where you can enjoy an incredible view over the old port and the city of Saint Raphael. In summer, a night market encourages further exploration around the harbor.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Victory of Lepanto is an integral part of the city of Saint Raphael. Indeed, it stands on the old port and probably appears on most vacation photos of this area. The pink stone was extracted from Esterel and the architecture attracted my curiosity. Its dome is rounded and I was reminded me of oriental style. Indeed, the church was built in 1887 in the style that was very popular at the time: the Romanesque Byzantine. There is a character in all gold on the façade of the church that cannot be ignored. This is the representation of the archangel Raphael, the symbol of the city. The church is the last of the French churches that had reached the ranking of basilica, consecrated by Pope John Paul II on January 14, 2004.
Occasionally, every traveler will stumble upon a surprise. Who would know that down the hill of the citadel I'd find this interesting cemetery with a view that the living would already see from the balcony of Saint Tropez elite. However, despite both excessive glamor prevails in the coastal city, the cemetery is final resting fundamentally simple people, of the people, but yes, mixed with a hero of the First and Second World War, a princess in love with the light of southern France, or as in the case of the tomb is decorated with steel vinyl, music producers.
Of course it also has prominent family members of Saint Tropez, legendary officers ve fought in India or the Marne. But apart from this mixture, the tombs are noteworthy for the decorations, the steel cds mentioned here and a motorcycle helmet. But there are also wreaths and bouquets flowers made of porcelain and painted in bright colors. Its not for fashion because the flowers do not last. They do give that extra bit of impassivity and eternity that the place requires. Although we can not imagine the place occupied by a beautiful beach instead of the graveyard.