St Tropez Travel Guide
St Tropez Local History
This once sleepy seaside town shot to popularity in the 1950's thanks to the celebrity status of sex goddess Brigitte Bardot. Her movie "And God Created Woman" had droves of young socialites flocking here and the area soon became the playground for the young, rich and famous.
The town is said to be named after a Christian martyr and the town still has a parade in his honour each year. Also the home of well known artists such as Matisse and Paul Signac, who were drawn by the obvious visual charms of the town.
The area suffered bombings during the second world war as it was one of the Allied landing sites. Nevertheless, much of beauty survived the onslaught and the town is still as popular and glamorous as ever.
St Tropez Attractions
St Tropez Shopping
des Lices - Experience the hustle and bustle of the morning market held here. Pick up a bottle of lavender water, aniseed flavoured Pastis or other local product as an alternative to the usual expensive mass produced souvenirs. Markets usually finish at noon and are stocked with local specialities.
Pop into a boulangerie or pastisserie for famous fresh French pastries and breads, or the epicerie fine for typical French delicatessens. The French are reknown for their food, therefore as much variety of this must be sampled whilst you can.
St Tropez Beaches
Pampelonne - Throw away your costume and go au naturel on this super famous beach situated outside of St Tropz. You will need to take the shuttle from pl. des Lices to get there. Hop off at Capon-Pinet to get to plage Tahiti, which is the beginning of this stretch of beach.
Plage des Graniers - If you dont have the time to travel, this nearby beach is just 10 minutes from the old port along chemin des Graniers. You will probably avoid the crowds too, as they will have all rushed off to Pampelonne. But hey the sunshine is just the same here and you'll get a better spot to stretch out on.
Ile du Levant - Oh my word, a whole nudist island- a sun worshippers dream with beaches to choose from. This island is part of the Iles D'Hyeres just of the coast of St Tropez. This island used to be inhabited by a settlement of monks; they would be most afronted to see the place today as most of the inhabitants stroll about in the "altogether" most of the time. Must save a lot on laundry expenses. Don't forget the sunblock for those sensitive areas.
St Tropez Restaurants and Bars
St Tropez Restaurants
La Pate Tropezienne - Rue Sibilli. This trendy restaurant is famous for its pastas and funky decor, but you pay a price for the location.
Café de Paris - Set in the middle of the port this is a sumptuous cafe is bound to bowl you over- with decadant velvet and glossy gold with crystal chandeliers to die for. But no swinging from these please, even though we are French!
Bodega de Papagayo - You will find this restaurant & bar in the old port. Very popular amongst the jet setting sporty types. You may spot a familar face or two. After all, celebrity spotting is one of the main attactions of this area, just try to act nonchalant and take a surreptitious peep over the top of the newspaper!
St Tropez Bars & Clubs
L'Empire - Rue des Remparts. One of the most trendy bars in St Tropez, if being "in" is important to you and mixing with the "right" local inhabitants, you will enjoy the understated sophistication of L'Empire. Hope your French is up to the challenge!
Le Papagayo - This nightclub in the port is where you can join the young sporty crowd, especially popular amongst the soccer crowd. Another celebrity hot spot, get out your natty outfit and sunglasses and blend in for a night to remember.
Kelly's Irish Pub - Well done Paddy, you've had the bouillabaisse and wine and you've earned a good pint of the best. Pop down to the end of the old port to this relaxed pub, you can put away the French phrasebook for a while.
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