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.
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.
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)
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).
The Ponche neighborhood is the most typical of Saint-Tropez. It is a maze of narrow streets, alleys and inlets in which the buildings are concentrated look like roses and oranges. It was discovered in the late nineteenth century by Guy de Maupassant, and later by Paul Signac. The neighborhood soon became a meeting place for writers and artists of the twentieth century. Further away from from the bustle of the port, the area is known for its calm ambience and it feels like you are in a different time period. It is really nice to bathe in its coves with fine golden sand. I recommend that you bring goggles and a breathing tube to calmly observe schools of fish that populate blue and green turquoise waters. From Canebiers Bay you can also take the road to the harbor and see the old buildings util you reach Graniers beach. This neighborhood will delight lovers of photography, with many corners where you get beautiful snapshots for the holiday album.
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.
The city of Saint-Tropez is famous for its Roman style sandals, especially those of the brand K. Jaques. Founded in 1933, the brand exports all over the world, from New York to Rome via Paris. All models are handmade in the workshop which is located in the artisan neighborhood, you should definitely see it. On average, it takes them 60 minutes to make a pair which includes cutting and placing leather ornaments on the sandals. The design is also made in the workshop. K. Jaques much emphasis on the fact that their activity has not been subject to foreign outsourcing and ensures that it is a product made entirely in France, hence its reputation for luxury. There are two shops in the city: one on Allard Street and the other on the street Seillon. K. sandals Jaques are an emblem here. If you want to pamper yourself, you can take a pair as a souvenir!
Saint-Tropez does not only offer beautiful beaches, night parties and luxury boutiques. It is also an important city with prized vineyards, cultivated for the production of the famous "Côtes de Provence". The Bertaud-Belieru winery is a 5 minute drive from the city center, along the stunning coast. It is an important winery which specializes in the Rosé de Provence, and to a lesser extent, regional red and white wines.
As you drive in, you will be greeted by the sight of several hectares of vineyards. Inside, you can visit the fermentation rooms with wooden barrels and stainless steel tanks that reduce the levels of sulfites which in a bottle. Feel free have a taste of the wine with a delicious slice of ham. You will leave wanting to buy a bottle or two, something I did, enjoying them right away, but try to do so with moderation!
From 5pm this beach front premises in Pampelone opens its doors with an atmosphere of luxury and glamor. Where a glass of champagne costs 25 €, the bottle on the sofa costs € 350. Reserved VIP in the pool. Good music and there's a shop service onsite. A fantastic experience!
Ivan Hor is a creative artist, born in Budapest, and came to Saint Tropez in the seventies, who excels in the design of cuadrodtridimensionales made from small folded paper boats, which are his specialty. Emblematic figure of Saint Tropez and largest owner of "boats" in the world, Ivan Hor welcomes you into a "mine Hor" to enjoy many original creations and leave with a souvenir of San Tropez.
If you like Asian food, you will love the Indo-Japanese and Chinese dishes served at this restaurant. The bar plays lovely piano music from 18h00. At this time, all the regulars and Saint-Tropez vacationers come to enjoy a drink or snack and enjoy the show. However, take care as the prices increase at night and are considerably more expensive than at noon.
This is a new, trendy nightclub as the decor was changed in the summer of 2007. They do many theme nights. They have music by Corti Philppe with his "legitimate insanity" every Friday and Saturday. DJ Eric Kaufmann and Queen Parisien also play. There is a very warm atmosphere inspired by the tropics. The club is celebrating being open for 45 years.
These photos show a glimpse of the famous Place Des Lices during Christmas. As we see, is very pretty covered in snow. Each year, the square is decorated for the occasion, and they installe an ice rink for those ve want to skate. Its a very nice place that gives life to Saint-Tropez, even in this season.
The Saint-Tropez market is held every Tuesday and Saturday from 7-13 pm, throughout the year. It is housed in Lices Square, a few minutes walk from the port. You can park in the underground parking at Lices. This is a Provencal market where they sell "tapenade" of olives, anchovies and olives. But what caught my attention was the heather honey. There is another stall that sells beachwear and souvenirs. The third area of the market is devoted to antiques. Notice to bargain hunters: this is the place of your dreams! For seafood lovers, the fish market is within walking distance of the harbor and opens every morning, every day of the year. If, after shopping you fancy a rest, there are plenty of bars and a bakery that sells Tropézienne cake.
There is so much stuff to do in Saint-Tropez! The city has a lot to offer to all tourists and there are countless attractions in Saint-Tropez. Located in a prime coastal area of eastern France, Saint-Tropez is a living museum and a regular destination of thousands of French and foreign tourists who enjoy all the great things to see in Saint-Tropez while seeking the sun and beach during the summer months.
Most historical and artistic Saint-Tropez attractions can be visited on foot, as the town is not very big and can be explored without a car. In the centre of town, the main places to visit in Saint-Tropez are scattered throughout several pedestrian streets. Some of the most popular cultural activities in Saint-Tropez include visiting the Sainte Anne Chapel, the Museum of the Annunciation, and the Guillaume Tower. More things to do in Saint-Tropez include paying a visit to the citadel, an old fortress that was used in ancient times against the Barbary pirates.
Also among the most visited and famous sights in Saint-Tropez is the port, where it is not difficult to find famous people who come to spend the summer in this French city.
For art lovers who wonder what to do in Saint-Tropez, there are several galleries and places to see in Saint-Tropez. The Museum of Saint-Tropez L'Annonciade is the most famous and the most appreciated by tourists. Do not forget to bring your camera so you can capture the best memories of your visit to this wonderful French city!