Five great attractions in St Tropez

01st March, 2016
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.

La Ponche

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.

Public beaches

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.

Vieux Port

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 Gwyther-Jones