Brigitte Bardot made the small fishing village of St Tropez world famous with the movie “And God created Woman” in year 1956. During summer the city is filled with wealthy people from around the world. During the afternoon, the luxury yachts enter the harbour, and people gather in hopes of seeing a celebrity.
But even with a reputation as a party town for the rich and famous, the town has managed to retain its charm. If you visit St Tropez off season it is a quiet small French town.
Getting to St Tropez
There is one highway leading into the city center and during the high season there can be endless queues on this road, and it may take a few hours to drive the last few kilometers to the city center. An alternative to long traffic jams are boat.
There are boats from St Maxime, in high season they go every 20 minutes throughout the day. This is much faster than having to drive out to St Tropez (see more here: http://www.bateauxverts.com/navettes/saint-tropez-sainte-maxime/ ) .
There are also boats from St Rafael (see more here: http://www.bateauxsaintraphael.com/ )
There are two areas of beaches just outside the city. One is west of the city, where you can drive all the way in. These beaches are called Plages de St Tropez, but this is not the well-known beaches you hear about.
The main beaches are a short distance south-east of the center of town and are called Plage de Pampelonne. The beaches stretch about 5 km and is divided into many smaller sections, with separate hotels, loungers, dining and nightlife. The most famous beaches are perhaps Tahiti, Nikki Beach, the Aqua Club and Club 55.
Voiles de Saint – Tropez
In late September to October a big regatta is taking place every year. This is a great event and you get to see beautiful sailing ships if you are lucky and visit St Tropez when the regatta is held.
Citadel – The fortress
Just east of the town there lies a fortress on a small hill. The fortress originates from the early 1600s, and there is also a museum there. From the castle one has great views over the city and the view itself is definitely worth the trip up.