The Perfect Summer Vacation in Saint-Tropez
Saint-Tropez is easily one of the most recognizable names on the French Riviera. Originally a quaint fishing village, it was sensationalized by Brigitte Bardot in the 50’s when she came to Saint Tropez to star in Et Dieu Créa la Femme (And God Created Woman). Ever since then, Saint Tropez has been transformed into a seaside resort, shooting to stardom as a hot spot for A-listers. Pink Floyd, one of the most successful and influential rock groups in history, has even serenaded Saint-Tropez in 1971. So what draws over 60,000 summertime visitors to this French resort on a daily basis?
1) Citadelle de Saint-Tropez
One of the most visited historical and cultural sites, the citadel was built in the 17th century to defend the coast against the Spaniards. Looking as if it came out of The Princess Bride, Citadelle de Saint-Tropez offers panoramic views that stretch from the quaint village to the horizons of the bay. Its dungeons are home to the excellent Musée de l’Histoire Maritime that gives great insight to the maritime history of Saint-Tropez.
2) Plage de Pampelonne
A regular haunt for celebrities, Pampelonne Bay is the ideal beach to party all day and all night while bumping shoulders with Hollywood stars. 5 km South of Saint-Tropez and near Ramatuelle, it is also the optimum location to sit back, relax and people watch or simply enjoy the salty sea breeze. Hip restaurants like the much-raved-about Club 55 is a hot spot where beach goers can get great food and drinks with quality service.
3) La Tarte Tropézienne
The legendary Tarte Tropézienne—a delicious brioche dessert generously filled with a mouth-watering cream, topped with crunchy sugar grains, is a must-try delicacy. The cream is made fresh every day with a highly precise technique. Aside from that, La Tarte Tropézienne also offers other tantalising daily specials, salads and sandwiches to enjoy.
4) Les Caves du Roy
Glamorous and star-studded, the legendary Les Caves du Roy is Saint Tropez’s crown jewel of nightclubs. It is known to be frequented by famous models, stars, race car drivers and artists with the likes of Kate Moss, Sly Stallone, Lewis Hamilton and more. If you’re heading down for a dazzling wild night out, be sure to dress to impress because you never know who you might rub shoulders with.
5) Vieux Port
Saving the best for the last, Vieux Port is located right in the heart of Saint-Tropez. Coupled with a lovely backdrop of sable-coloured Mediterranean houses and lively cafés with outdoor terraces, the views of this picture perfect heritage port with it’s many luxury yachts lining it’s habour simply does not disappoint. As you stroll by the water’s edge, local artists can be found selling paintings of Saint-Tropez on the sidewalk, giving you a chance to bring a piece of Saint-Tropez home.