Saint-Tropez is a historic coastal town located in the south-east of France, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. A modest fishing village, it was frequented by French bohemians and artists in the 1950’s and 60’s, and turned into a fashionable resort, which attracts tourists from all over the world, with its iconic beaches and rich nightlife. The cobbled streets of the Fishing Quarter are reminiscent of the past, although now in the Old Port it is difficult to find a fishing boat among the luxury yachts.
EGLISE DE ST-TROPEZ
The magnificent Italian Baroque church was built at the beginning of the 19th century and contains a gilded bust of the patron saint of the city, the apostle Trofim. This Roman legionary adopted Christianity, for which he was killed by Emperor Nero. His body was thrown into the sea, and it was cast ashore at the place where the city of Saint-Tropez now stands.
The famous beaches of Saint-Tropez begin 4 km south-east of the city, along the long bay of Anse de Pampelonne. This 9- kilometer-long white sand bar is divided into small beaches, each of which has its name. There are quite a few free beaches, but you can only get here by car, and parking costs 6 €.
MUSÉE DE L’ANNONCIADE
Located next to the port, this wonderful 16th-century chapel was turned into a museum with a first-class collection of works by artists associated with Saint-Tropez, including celebrities such as Bonnard, Derren, Dufy, Matisse and Signac.
Fortifications from the 17th century surround a fort built in Saint-Tropez to repel the attacks of the Berber pirates. From the walls of the Citadel there are beautiful views of the city. The most significant element of the defense system from Antibes to Toulon, it is the only monument of its kind in the department of Var. From the Citadel, cannons were fired at ships which were too close to the walls of the city. Since 1958, the Museum of the History of Navigation has been located in the Citadel – The Musée d’histoire maritime.
PLACE DES LICES
This market square was captured in the paintings of many artists, including Paul Signac. The square still has some of that atmosphere. With its restaurant terraces in the shade of plane trees, Place des Lices is the perfect place to see how the locals play the traditional Provencal game of pétanque. On Tuesdays, before lunch, the traditional Provençal market is held on the square. They sell local fruits / vegetables, bread, wine, tapenades, as well as clothes, shoes and all sorts of accessories - bags, jewelry, etc.
Close by is an amusement park with more than 35 attractions, including spectacular rides, and life size prehistoric animals. On site there is a restaurant “AzurPark”, with a friendly and cheerful atmosphere. Also nearby are a “Crazy Golf” course, and a beautiful Golf Club with an 18 hole course.