St Tropez is a small fishing village with a big reputation. Popular with writers and artists from Colette to Picasso, it really hit the big time after Brigitte Bardot was filmed here by Roger Vadim in And God Created Woman in 1954. Her youthful sun-kissed hedonism spawned millions of imitators who still throng the streets and beaches of St Tropez today. Despite the summer crowds, the monstrous traffic, the Johnny Halliday look-alikes and the white cowboy boots, St Tropez remains as fashionable as ever, still a place to be seen by European celebrities who rent or buy villas or exquisitely restored village houses. The little town itself is still a delight with its winding medieval streets of traditional pastel-painted fishermen’s cottages (if few fishermen), boutiques and restaurants; the port with fishing boats moored alongside mega-yachts. Here you can combine rustic Provence and chic Côte d’Azur with a visit to the market place on Place des Lices in the morning, and an evening spent in the cafés around the harbour, where you can sip aperitifs and yacht-watch.
In the baroque Eglise Notre Dame de l’Assomption you can see the bust of St Torpes, the martyred saint after whom the town is named, and who is celebrated every year in May. Head for the ramparts of the 16th century citadel for wonderful views overlooking the town and out to sea.
The Musee de L'Annonciade is worth visiting for its excellent post-impressionist collection, including Derain, Signac, Seurat, Dufy, Braque and Camion, and here you can see how they captured the sensuality, light and colour of the region in their paintings. Most of the artists came here by boat in the 19th and early 20th century seeking beauty and tranquillity . The quiet fishing village they found can now best be appreciated out of season when the weather is kind, the skies are blue, the mimosa is in full flower and you can enjoy beach walks, strolls on maquis-scented hills and quiet starlit nights.
Beach Plages are to be found on the Pamplonne Plage where at Club 55 the Brigitte Bardot era began. These famous plages are a 'must' while visiting St Tropez - See Beach Plages of Ramatuelle Our favourite is Cap21................ Or visit the more accessible Les Graniers, just beyond the port. Golf - Gassin Golf & Country Club Polo - Polo Club of St Tropez - Haras de Gassin
A rental villa represents a great alternative to a traditional hotel and is a particularly good choice if you are planning to holiday with your family or a group of friends. Most villas will have their own swimming pools and many estate agents offer a range of additional services including maids, housekeepers and even private chefs! Jetset Agency has a range of luxurious St Tropez Villas available for sale & rental. ST Villas are specialists in St Tropez property and offer a range of luxury villas for sale and rental.
Market days: Tuesday, Saturday - Place des Lices Fish Market: daily (except Monday during the winter) - Place aux Herbes Fête des Espagnols: 5 June (celebrates the town's defence against the Spanish in 16th century) Fête de St-Pierre: 15 June (patron of the fishermen) Fête des Vendanges: beginning September(grape harvest) Fairs: 16-18 April and 26 August
Office of Tourism Tel: 04 94 97 45 21; Fax: 04 94 97 82 66 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Quai Jean Jaures Tel: (33) 494 97 45 21; Fax: (33) 494 97 82 66 Open 7 days, Sept-June: 9h00-12h30, 14h00-19h00 Open 7 days, July-Aug: 9h30-13h00, 15h00-23h00 Copyright © 2011 Rosemary Bailey Copyright images Informationfrance 2011