What to do
- St Tropez is not a place for typical tourists who wants to go to museums, visit monuments and other typical tourist activities. It is a place for those who would appreciate St Tropez by just setting foot on it. Just travel around the island as you slowly discover the true beauty so clear and visible, among the beautiful settings and small villages.Here’s a simple guide on what you could do during your stay in St Tropez.Quai Jean Jaurès
- The best place to start is at the Tourism Office, get some maps and recommendations, and once when you are done, head over to the port right next to it. If you have the money to spare, head over to Sénéquier, the movie themed and extremely pricey restaurant, which is a favorite place to visit by everybody who are somebody. The sight of the yachts at the harbor itself is beautiful and must see while you gaze in awe at the size of the Salisbury Plain. Take a ride and enjoy morning drinks by the deck as you socialize with other guests on board. Feel like a celebrity as everyone else on the harbor would stare with jealousy and awe.
- La Glaye Beach
- From Quai Jean Jaurès head on over down to Quai Mistral, and on towards the Portalet tower, and soon after you will find yourself at La Glaye Beach. The beach is surrounded by old buildings that are rich in history. The beach might be compact, but it is formed nicely, and is the first of series of three beaches. It is one of the only three beaches in the village of St Tropez itself.
- La Glaye Beach
- The Old Village
- A unique view of seeing such a high-end store like Dior being right opposite of a traditional “8-till-late” grocery shop. If you ever wonder the looks of the man whom the island is named after, head into the parish church and to the left side of the altar you would see the bust of St Tropez. St Tropez’s real name is Torpetius, and he was a Roman soldier who was beheaded for embracing Christianity. While his body was pushed in a boat to be adrift in the sea, his head was left in the chapel near Pisa.
His body landed on the island of St Tropez on May 17 A.D. 68.
- The Citadelle
- Right further from the village, you will find a pathway through the green hills and wooded lands, and you will find your way right at the top of the village, an architecture of the 16th century, called the Citadelle. Originally built as a fort to defend the village’s coast, and to have a bird’s eye view on the village on the lookout for rebellious and hostile villagers. Head over to the Citadelle to enjoy the glorious view over the village and even to the harbors and the sea. Admission into the Citadelle is free, for more information call 975943. It is opened everyday from 10 in the morning to 12.30 in the afternoon, followed by a short break, and resuming at 1.30pm to 5.30pm.
- Place des Lices
- Place des Lices is the central square of St Tropez. It is a huge space, sometimes deemed to be twice as huge as the village of St Tropez itself. You would see villagers just relaxing under the shades of the trees. Right at the corner of the square lies Cade des Arts which seems to appeal to the locals and tourists. Besides the ports and harbors of St Tropez, the square is another focal point where people meet and gather in St Tropez.Even though it is a village, especially in summer, stay clear of the busy traffic of the square with luxurious cars zooming by, from Ferraris to Bentleys, and even Mercedes. Place des Lices treats these cars with utmost respect – and the prove of this is the fact that every year they adjust the level of the road bumpers to the clearence levels of the new car model makes.
- Musée de l’Annonciade
- Located in place Grammont, this former chapel called the Musée de l’Annonciade is one of the longest lasting art gallery of the modern style in France. There are plenty of beautiful and inspiring artworks on display, from artists all over the province and local artists of St Tropez.You should most definitely view the arts of Utrillo, Matisse, Dufy and Seurat if you are a modern art aficionado. There are also artworks by pointillist, Paul Signac who was very popular in the 19th century. This modern art gallery can be contacted on the number 178410, and for more information visit their website at www.ot-saint-tropez.com. It is opened for entrance every day from 10 in the morning to 6 in the evening, except for Winters where they are closed on Tuesdays. Admission fee is only 5 Euros.
- Coastal walk
- If you are in the mood to take a walk, enjoy your feet in the sands of the Pampelonne beaches. Head over to le Sentier du Littoral, a track cleared for walking, yet still maintaining its wildness and essence of nature. If you just walk the whole way at a moderate speed, it would take you three and a half hours to cover the Pampelonne beach coast.Now before you ask about why would you want to walk all the way on the coastal lines of the Pampelonne beaches, try for a moment and take time to realize how beautiful the environment is, and you might even stumble the grave of famous film director, Roger Vadim’s grave at the maritime cemetery. Enjoy the sights as you lay your eyes on small beaches such as Plage des Canebiers, Plage Graniers, Plage des Salins and Plage d la Moutte.
- The Old Village