The timeless seaside town of St Tropez has been attracting
the rich and glamorous for decades now – once a humble fishing village, the
town is now lined with designer boutiques and luxury yachts and one of the
jewels of the Cote d’Azur. Boasting clear Mediterranean waters, sandy shores
and pretty pastel-coloured houses, here’s some of the great attractions you can
enjoy near our St Tropez villas.
Saint-Tropez’s old town La Ponche is the historic centre of
the old fishing village and perhaps the most picturesque built-up area of St
Tropez, made up of quaint cobblestone lanes lined with small shops, boutiques,
restaurants and cafes. Bordering the Vieux Port, the Rue de la Citadelle takes
you into the old town, where you can appreciate the 18th century
Eglise de Notre-Dame de l’Assomption, with its beautiful Baroque bell tower.
Other prominent buildings waiting to be discovered in La Ponche include the
Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) and the Palais des Bailli Pierre-Andre de Suffren,
deciated to one of the French navy’s most important admirals.
Saint-Tropez is a real paradise for beach lovers, whether
you’re joining the elite at the private beach clubs found along the Pampelonne
or visiting one of the many public beaches. The Plage de Bouillabaisse is a
large and popular sandy beach, while the Plage de la Ponche and the Plage de la
Fontanette, both located in the old town where fishermen once docked their
boats, are less crowded. For more stunning natural scenery, there’s the Plage
de la Moutte, a short walk to a beautiful protected cove, and the Plage des
Salins, surrounded by pine trees.
Sentier du Littoral
A beautiful coastal path beginning in the old town and
continuing around the peninsula of St-Tropez, the Sentier du Littoral offers
half a day of enjoyable hiking along rugged seaside footpaths, through the
hills and over clifftops. The path is a great way to see the natural beauty of
St Tropez’s shoreline on a larger scale.
The Vieux Port (Old Port) is where the traditional fishing
village of St-Tropez springs to life, with both small fishing boats and
extravagant yachts docked in the harbour, which is lined with pretty
pastel-coloured houses and lively cafes. Artists sell colourful works depicting
the town at the water’s edge, while nearby there is also the Place aux Herbes,
an ancient market square thriving with fruit, vegetable and flower stalls, as
well as the Halle aux Poissons, a daily fish market.
Musee de l’Annonciade
Alongside the famous jet-setting beaches, St Tropez is also
home to a number of cultural sites, one of the most important being the
Chapelle Notre-Dame de l’Annonciade, which today houses a prominent art museum.
The museum is a strong reminder of the town’s artistic past, having attracted
several impressionist artists to the area in the late 19th and early
20th century. With works dating from between 1890 and 1950, the
range of artists includes many of the world’s best impressionists, such as Paul
Signac, Henri Matisse and Edouard Vuillard. Image: Michael