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One of France’s most chic resorts, Saint Tropez is famous for celebrities and its glamorous lifestyle. The Citadelle is the most dominant sight in the town and overlooks the charming port with its restaurants, cafés, luxury yachts and traditional fishing boats as well as the golden beaches. Long associated with lifestyles of the rich and famous, the glamour of St Tropez holidays is actually accessible to everyone.
Possibly the French glamour capital, St Tropez, located in Provence Alps Cote d’Azure, became famous as the home of Brigitte Bardot and went on to become a celebrity playground, characterised by the extravagant and expensive yachts in the town’s harbour.
The whole of the south of France is a celebrated holiday destination, due largely to the region’s stunning collection of beaches. St Tropez and the rest of the French Riviera will not disappoint beach bums, with some beautiful stretches of sand and clear waters awaiting anyone that embarks on holidays to St Tropez.
Temperature: The average year-round temperature is 18 degrees Celsius.
Best time for St Tropez holidays: Spring and Autumn.
The climate of St Tropez is Mediterranean meaning summers are long, warm, with daytime temperatures regularly reaching the mid-20s degrees Celsius, while winter temperatures often sit between 13 to 15 degrees Celsius. Spring and autumn months are also typically warm and are a good time to visit the resort town to avoid crowds.
Luxury yachts, delicious cuisine, great nightlife and sunshine are just a few of the highlights of Saint Tropez holidays. The resort is set on a rocky, forested peninsula in the Bay of St Tropez and has a beautiful yacht-filled harbour. Multi-coloured town houses, restaurants and cafes line the quayside, while the narrow streets behind are also full of quaint old buildings, eateries and shops and eateries.
You need to travel out of the town for the best beaches, to the south, Pampellone Beach is one of the most popular and definitely worth the trip.
Fans of culture should walk up to the Citadella de Saint Tropez for the best views and an insight into the town’s history as well as visiting the Musee de L'Annonciade that is home to a fantastic art collection including works by Matisse and Signac.
Those that have flock to St Tropez for outdoor delights will revel in the fine stretches of beaches around the town. Among the best are Tahiti Beach, Pampelonne Beach and Bouillabaisse Beach, all great for swimming or sunbathing, as well as water sports. If you’re after more beach action, head to some of the region’s other treasures on your St Tropez holidays, such as Nice or Cannes.
In tourism terms – monuments, museums and so on – there is not a lot to do on holidays to St Tropez. The whole point is simply to be there.
Quai Jean Jaurès is the port, and the land side is home to chic but eye-wateringly expensive bar and restaurant terraces, the most famous being Sénéquier, with its triangular tables and red film-directors’ chairs.
Venture down Quai Mistral to the Portalet tower and on to La Glaye beach. Lined by buildings from the village’s oldest part, it is small but perfectly formed. It is the first of three progressively smaller beaches and the only ones in St Tropez itself.
The ochre streets of the old village might be the only streets in the world where you can find designer fashion shops standing opposite grocery stores. On your St Tropez holidays go into the parish church where, left of the altar, is a bust of St Tropez, a Roman soldier, he was beheaded for becoming a Christian.
Climb the green tree covered hill to the 16th-century Citadel. Its fortifications are impressive, built both for the defence of the coast and for keeping an the Tropeziens who, according to French authorities, were a traitorous lot. From outside, the views over the village and the sea are gorgeous. Inside it has been transformed into a maritime history museum.
The Musee de l’Annonciade is one of France’s longest-established modern art set in a 16th-century former chapel in Place Grammont. It is a must-see on your Saint Tropez holidays. Keep your eyes peeled for Utrillo, Matisse, Dufy, Signac and Seurat.