My favourite place in the Côte d’Azur was hands down St Tropez. Why? It was exactly what I envisioned the French Riviera to be like. Although it is very touristy, its charm and French je ne sais quoi permeates the town. Let me share the 5 things that made me fall in love with this picturesque yet mondain place.
1. Stroll through the small streets and soak up the atmosphere
I loved the colorful houses with wooden shutters lining small cobbled streets that went up and down hill. And whenever you turned a corner, another small street would appear with pastel houses and flags lining the streets. Vibrant pink and red bougainvilleas and flowers hanging from balconies give the street that real French village feeling. It is by far one of the most photogenic places I’ve been to.
2. Have lunch on one of the many outdoor terraces
St Tropez is definitely not short of bustling bistro and brasserie outdoor terraces. Indulge in a typical French dish and don’t forget to order a glass of one of the local wines.
3. Shop at the many cute boutiques
St Tropez is boasting with small boutiques and is a real shopping heaven. From stylish beachwear, typical French homewares, artisan and art shops, to nautical apparel and international designer clothing.
4. Take a boat tour or hire a boat
I also liked to walk along the harbour where huge sleek yachts and sailing boats are lined up. Take a boat tour at sunset and view the town from another perspective with a first row seat for the breath-taking sunsets St Tropez is famed for.
5. Lounge, swim or eat at the best beaches
Saint Tropez is renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches. Only a 10 minute drive from the harbour and town you find some of the coolest beach clubs at Pampelonne Bay. We hang out at the über cool Le Club 55, where you can eat, lounge, or enjoy their beach and sunbeds. (see photos below). Club 55 has been there since 1955 and is despite the hip clientele, very relaxed and laid-back, serving authentic food in a friendly atmosphere. Do try their home-made ice-tea, it’s refreshing and so good!
Also highly recommended beach clubs are Bagatelle Les Palmiers, La Plage des Jumeaux, L’Eden Plage and Tahiti. They are all on the same beach strip and accessible from the same route des plages.
Saint Tropez has stolen my heart. There is so much more to do, but in only 24 hours you can enjoy and experience these 5 tips in a relaxed way without being rushed. Can’t wait to go back!
2 thoughts on “5 Things to do in Saint Tropez”
Nice article. I’m working in Nice for a couple weeks in September. Def. planning to go to St. Tropez!
Have fun Bart!