Many tourists come to Saint Tropez just in order to have a good rest on its fabulous beaches and meet some mega star. But, nevertheless, it is full of the most beautiful sights; it has great architecture, the fantastic harbor and interesting museums.
At the beginning of XX century Saint-Tropez was an unpretentious fishing village. After World War II it was one of the first towns liberated on the French coast. It was at that time the town, that became a popular seaside resort known mainly through the influx of French artists of new wave, film movement and music style Yé-yé. For years in a row Saint-Tropez has become a popular vacation destination for Americans and Europeans who came to the French Riviera in search of Provencal authenticity.
According to legend, the name of Saint-Tropez is in a honor of one of the martyrs of Christianity. Roman army officer of Nero, Saint Tropez or Caius Silvius Torpetius was converted by St. Paul to Christianity. When Nero learned about baptism, he commanded to cut off the head of Saint Tropez and decapitated body with a cock and a dog sit in a boat along and sent away. For a long time the boat drifted until it reached the shores of an unknown city, which further called «Saint-Tropez» - in a honor of the Christian martyr.
The heart of Saint-Tropez is a sea harbor and its promenade. Some even called promenade the «local Montmartre» because there are many artists who exhibit their paintings for sale, and then write their new paintings, looking at the sea, where houses and yachts displayed in it, people. This embankment is considered a continuation of city art museum. It is so big, which makes it possible to enjoy spectacular views of town and its beaches.
One of the oldest buildings in the city is Suffren Castle (Chateau Suffren). You can see it at the Hotel-de-Ville Square. The castle was built in the late X century. Today, in its walls it is based an antique shop. Above the town it is rised the Fort of Saint-Tropez (La Citadelle de Saint-Tropez). Walk through the citadel gardens, and visit the Museum of the Navy, which is located inside the citadel, any traveler will satisfy. On the lookout of fort there is a stunning view of the town and the bay. More ancient than citadel in St. Tropez there are only three high towers built in for defensive purposes. These are Portalet, Jarlier and Guillaume. They emphasize the particular architectural style of the town and reminiscent its history.
Be sure to visit Saint-Tropez' local museums. They are not so much. One of them is the «Butterfly House» or Maison de Papillons. Here you will find more than 4,500 different species of butterflies and in the gift shop of the museum purchase beautiful souvenirs and jewelry in the shape of butterflies. The Museum of the Navy (Musée de la Marine et de l'Histoire Locale), in the citadel, you can learn the exhibits on the history of the fleet on the French Riviera. An interesting it will be the visit to the Museum of the Annunciation (Musée de l'Annonciade). This «temple of art» is located within the walls of the Catholic chapel of XVII century. This museum contains avant-garde artists of XIX-XX centuries’ works. Among the works you can admire the paintings of Matisse, Derain, van Dongen, Marquet and Paul Signac, the museum founder.
With the coming night life in St. Tropez don’t stop: many nightclubs open until the early morning, the cafes entertain with the young people, the waterfront and municipal beaches are full of tourists. It should be remembered that Saint-Tropez is among the best and trendy nightclubs in the world. Among them - VIP Room, Les Caves du Roy, L'Opera, Tzar, Le Papagayo and others. The entrance to most of them is free.
As for the beaches Saint-Tropez is a real treasure of France! Thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate it has hot and long summers. Already in May, in the town the beach season starts, which lasts until the end of October. So tourists in Saint Tropez are always lots. Beaches stretch along the coast; many private beaches are with perfectly equipped infrastructure. The most famous is the Pamplona Beach (Plages des Pampelonne), that in five kilometers from Saint-Tropez. Celebrities loved it. Surely there you can always meet someone from the world of show business. On the beach there are many bars, restaurants, Water sports centers and other entertainment. For the best beach vacation with kids you can visit Le Grenier Beach (Plages des Graniers). After a promenade along Boulevard in Le Canebièr, you can easily reach the beaches such as Cap-Saint-Pierre, Bon Terrace, Cap-de Saint-Tropez and Les Salins.
Getting to Saint-Tropez is impossible to imagine without visiting wineries. Quality of wines produced in Saint-Tropez is at the highest level. Most wineries are invited to taste the Provencal wines. You can also buy a bottle of wine you like. Wineries are usually near Saint-Tropez. Trips to wineries are free.
Visiting restaurants and cafes of Saint-Tropez is a real godsend for gourmet and lovers of Provencal cuisine. They serve authentic dishes such as rabbit with sweet onions, goat cheese with tomato pie, fish and seafood. Here you can find a fine restaurant Colette, which has three stars of Michelin, charming confectionery Sénéquier, which serves candied chestnuts, croissants with pine nuts and the famous cake «La Tarte Tropézienne», one of the best restaurants of Saint-Tropez La Ponche, where at one time Picasso and Maupassant loved linger.
Shoppers get an incredible pleasure from visiting the boutiques of world famous brands, a local market where you can buy original souvenirs and handicrafts products and that can satisfy any request of the buyer.
Saint-Tropez is a town with a historican past, a prosperous present and a bright future. Here the churches are peacefully side by side with nightclubs, restaurants and hotels. This town is inextricably linked to the sea, so there are many tourists on its beautiful beaches. Here everyone will find that to his liking.
Events and festivals of Saint Tropez
- Folklore Festival «Les Bravades de Saint-Tropez» - mid-June
- Regatta «Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez» - from September 25 to October 5
- Massive Market of Saint Tropez (Marchés aux Puces à Saint-Tropez) - from 22 to 25 of October