St Tropez

St Tropez: lifestyle and fashion but also art and history

St Tropez is known for its decadent lifestyle, high-end fashion, laid-back beach vibe and over-the-top partying. It does have other things to offer too, like art, history, beautiful scenery and wonderful walks. Here’s our list of the top 10 things to see and do when you visit.

Chill Out on Pampelonne Beach

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It’s the most obvious choice but a visit to St Tropez is not complete without visiting the most famous of its beaches and the place that put St Tropez on the map. Brigitte Bardot arrived on the beach to film key scenes of her movie “And God… Created Woman” in the 1950s. They built a shack to house the crew, the Club 55, which is still the place to have dinner and celebrity-spot. The film made her, and the beach, a star.

Visit the Citadel & Museum of Maritime History

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St Tropez has a rich maritime heritage to discover. The Citadel was built in the 17th century after the King sent his engineer to oversee work to build a fortress that could fend off an attack. The citadel was turned into a naval museum in the 1950s and now celebrates the lives of locals who worked and fought on the seas. The museum is housed in the dungeons, which have been protected since 1921, but the entire site received protected status in 1995.

Take in the Views over Cap Camarat

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The Cap Camarat lighthouse is the second highest in France and offers amazing views over the bay. Afterwards you can swim on the beach below, called Bonnes Terrasse, or continue further round the coast on an even longer walk. A perfect escape from the parties and living the “high life”.

Follow the Coastal Path

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The coastline is wonderful around St Tropez, full of rugged walkways and little paths that open out into expansive beaches. It’s possible to walk the entire coastline for miles and miles (Sentier du Littoral), stopping on the way at the Cap Camarat lighthouse before taking in the nudist beach at Tahiti Beach and ending up at a lovely beachside restaurant.

Saviour the History of La Ponche

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The historic fishing village of La Ponche is a wonderful place to wander around. It was a thriving harbour in the 18th and 19th centuries and where all the fishermen used to live. Today, its cobbled streets and beautiful buildings are a wonderful place to hang out. The area also has one of the few beaches in town.

Eat a Tarte Tropézienne

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St Tropez has its own dessert that is hugely popular. The “Tarte Tropézienne” was created by a Polish baker in 1955 when he opened a bakery in the centre of town. It was based on the French brioche, but cut into two and filled with cream, using his grandmother’s recipe. He was asked to cater for Brigitte Bardot’s film crew working on Pampelonne beach. She loved his cake, named it and both became immensely popular.

Drink in the Vieux Port

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The social life of St Tropez centres around the Old Port. Many of the good restaurants are located here and it’s a great place to have breakfast, an “apéro” (a pre-dinner drink) or a full-blown three-course meal. It’s where the night starts and continues into the early hours with some of the best clubs and bars. It’s a cliché but vital.

See Avant-Garde Art at the Musée de l’Annonciade

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The penitent monks of St Tropez built an old chapel in 1510 where they looked after returning prisoners of war. It’s a beautiful building. Now it houses the art museum specialising in art from the early half of the 20th century, particularly by Paul Signac. Small but beautifully formed.

Musée de la Gendarmerie et du Cinéma

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St Tropez has a rich film history. Several classic movies were filmed here and the film industry, thanks to Brigitte Bardot, put St Tropez on the map. The old police headquarters, the “gendarmerie” used to be housed in this building but now it’s home to the Museum of Police and Cinema. There is a link, the highest grossing movie of 1964 in France was “The Troops of St Tropez” about a police officer transferred into town to deal with nudists and his errant daughter. Charming and cute.

Church of Notre Dame de l’Assomption

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This large church presides over the whole town and it’s well worth a visit. You’re not allowed to take photos but there is some lovely artwork inside. The views from the top of the hill are stunning.


Where to Stay

La Ferme d'Augustin

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La Ferme D’Augustin
is a top hotel on the French Riviera, near Saint-Tropez and even closer to the famous 25km long Tahiti Beach, in the bay of Pampelonne. This hotel will offer you a truly relaxing stay in the south of France and you will find a first class service and a quality of food that is a particular highlight. La Ferme D’Augustin is a 4-star hotel but with many luxury extras but not only, you will also find cozy Mediterranean touches offered in a calm and peaceful environment like nowhere else.
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La Ferme D’Augustin
offers 46 rooms including standard double rooms, junior suites and suites with garden and sea views. All are well-appointed with private bathroom, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, flat-screen cable TV, minibar and in-room safe. Some of the larger rooms and suites are also equipped with various extras such as Jacuzzi tubs, hammam-type showers and private terraces or balconies. The biggest suite, the superior suite located on the top floor, has an extraordinary view of the bay of Pampelonne from its private terrace.
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There is a cozy seating area with an open fire and comfortable sofas, and they have a nice bar and restaurant on-site called The Table d’Augustin. The head chef is originally from Provence and believes in the exclusive use of fresh and seasonal local products as much as possible within his high quality dishes. The heated pool of La Ferme D’Augustin is perfect for swimming, but it also includes relaxing elements like whirlpool jet, waterfall shower and various jacuzzi effects.

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