The south of France is a wonderful place to soak up culture, history and the sun on the many gorgeous beaches. The high point of where you can dip your foot into the luxury life of the French Riviera is St Tropez. The Mediterranean town is extravagant, but not completely out of reach, as it buzzes with life and is a cultural wonder of the south of France.
If you are staying at our luxury St Tropez villas this summer, why not head away from the crowds and seek out some of the town’s best hidden gems?
Maison des Papillons
In the garden area of St Tropez down a quiet lane you will find Maison des Papillons, ‘The Butterfly House’. Artist Dany Lartigue has spent years collecting more than 35,000 species of butterfly, both those native to France and exotic. He has painted an intricate background to place his butterflies and now it is open to the public.
Le Restaurant G
This cute little restaurant is run by a husband and wife and can be found off the beaten track, away from the port-side frenzy. Arrive early or book to enjoy great food and a lovely cosy atmosphere, with
prices ranging from 16€ to 37€.
If you are by the coast, you have to have an ice cream at least once on your holiday. Barbarac is a favourite for the locals, located behind the old port. Though the scoops are not cheap, priced around 3.50€, you can be guaranteed you are getting the best in the town.
You know you have found a gem when there are more locals there than tourists, and Salama is just that. The restaurant is well-loved by St Tropez residents, serving up delicious Moroccan dishes. Their couscous, mint tea and lime sherbet come highly recommended.
Church of Notre Dame de l’Assomption
Though not a ‘hidden’ gem, as the church’s bell towers above the entire town, it is not a tourist spot many people check out. The church was built in 1874 in an Italian Baroque style, and though you can’t take photos inside, there is some wonderful artwork and sculptures to be seen.
When in the south of France, you have to indulge in some retail therapy, and in St Tropez, there is no better than K Jacques. The little boutique shop has been creating shoes since 1933 and received some famous clients like Picasso and Brigitte Bardot. There are now four branches in the town.
Le Musée de l’Annonciade
By the old port, you will find a little chapel, dating to the early 16th century. The building itself is interesting, and inside is now a small Museum of Modern Art, that houses work from prominent modern artists who worked in St Tropez.