Located on the Mediterranean coast an hour’s drive from Cannes and Nice, St Tropez was originally a small fishing village and whilst this is still the case today the harbor is now more likely to be filed with gleaming white super yachts than the small fishing boats of old. The town grew up around the port and as a result there are a number of great restaurants, jostling alongside shops offered an astonishing range of merchandise. This ranges from local produce such as olive oil or the local wines but extends to clothing and designer shops much loved by the clientele who can afford to stay in St Tropez.
There is a strong artistic thread running through the town with galleries on every corner and connections to many great artists who came here or painted here at some stage in their careers. Beautiful scenery abounds around the village and with the sparkling sea as a back drop, many an artist has been inspired by the local beauty.
The beach clubs prevail in the summer months, Club 55, Niki Beach and more - this is where St Tropez parties. Pamplona is the beach which epitomised topless sunbathing; it is said that Brigitte Bardot strolled out of the Voile Rouge restaurant and removed her bikini top, after first alerting the waiting press as to her intentions. Is it any wonder that after this St Tropez was firmly on the map?
Beware the traffic in high summer, it can take up to 2 hours to drive from St Maxime, about 12 km's around the coast and it is best to take the boat which is much quicker and a much more pleasant way of arriving in St Tropez. Those that can afford to, take the helicopter from Nice, Cannes or Monaco and arrive in true St Tropezienne style.
Byblos is still a popular choice for those seeking a true 5 star hotel experience when visiting St Tropez, however it is considered much more chic to rent a wonderful private villa, perhaps within walking distance of the beach or the town. Cote d’Azur Villas offer a simply wonderful selection of St Tropez villas, available for summer rentals. But beware, this is still a key destination and our advice is to book early.
Great villas to rent in St Tropez South of France