a magic attraction and charm
Favorite thing: More than 100000 tourists visit Saint-Tropez every day. It is not only because of the well known movie stars, luxury boats, wonderful harbor view, sunny days and night lights. There is a magic attraction and charm in the atmosphere there.
You may walk along the harbor and luxury boats there, visit the the famous gendarmerie building and the Citadel – there is a beautiful view.
It is worth to stop by Port Grimaud. You may also take a boat trip from Saint-Tropez to Port Grimaud. There is a beautiful view from the Grimaud Castle. It is worth visit it too.
My small video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5a-a6dqdHY with the famous song of Jenny Rock "Douliou Dou St-Tropez".
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Travelling to St Tropez from St Raphael
Favorite thing: To the best of my knowledge there are only two ferry drop off points in St Tropez.
One is slightly west of the marina right on the main car park and about 5 mins slow walk from the harbour the other is in the harbour its self.
Unless you can afford a helicopter flight you will not be flying into St Tropez La Mole perhaps, but it will be an expensive transfer from there.
your only other options are:
A Taxi from St Raphael seriously this only advisable if you own your own bank! and depending on the time of day you travel have about three hours to waste in traffic listening to the driver moan that YOUR journey is costing HIM a small fortune in lost business!!
A Bus depending upon the time of day you travel this will be either slow or very slow but reasonably priced.
Favorite thing: After the downfall of the roman empire, Provence was regularly invaded by various populations, sweeping away the local inhabitants. At the end of the 1st millenium, all of them had fled the area.
In 972 Guillaume of Provence drove the last invaders away and built what is now known as " La Tour Suffren".During the 15th century, King René of Provence, "Good King René", dedicated himself to reviving and repopulating Provence, devasted by invasions and plague.
In 1441, he created for his Chamberlain Jean de Cossa the Barony of Grimaud, the latter quickly realised that the Saint-Tropez Bay was the weak spot of the area, and therefore had to be protected.
He entrusted an Italian nobleman Raphaël di Garrezzio, with the task of rebuilding, fortifying and repopulating the town; together with 21 Genoese families, they rebuilt the town and its batlements, part of which can still be seen nowadays. As a compensation for defending and populating the town, the inhabitants were free of all taxes and levies.
In 1558, the king granted them the privilege of raising an army under the authority of a town Captain elected by major citizens. In 1637, the tropezian army drove away 21 spanish gallions. All those privileges were abrogated by King Louis the XIVth in 1672, when a royal garrison was posted at the Citadelle ( it is now a Naval Museum).
Fondest memory: During the XIVth Century, besides traditional activities such as ; fishing, shipbuilding, commerce and agriculture, many tropezians were sailors and navigators to protect and defend tropezians and later french shores.The most famous of them was " Pierre André Bailli de Suffren"1729-1788, he was appointed commander of the Royal Navy by Louis the XVIth.
Another one was le" Général Allard", 1785-1839, who was born and died in Saint-TRopez, he was a staunch supporter of Napoleon and " aide de camp" to Marshal Brune. After he fell out of favour in 1815, he went to the Indies were he led an adventurous life. His indian Sikh widow, survived him for 40 years in Saint-Tropez.
Also, Queen Marie de Medecis called at Saint-Tropez in 1600 and was presented with a coral branch fished off " La Moutte".In 1615 the Shogun's brother and his retinue sought shelter from a storm in the bay. In 1793, during the french Revolution, Barras persuaded the tropezians to give back the town its ancient name of Heraclea.
During the XIXth Century, all activities linked with the Navy took on a significant importance.In 1860 a three masted 740 tons ship was built in Saint-Tropez it was the jewel of the Navy. During that time, Saint-Tropez expanded and thrived.The statue of "Le bailli de Suffren" was erected on the Harbour in 1866 .Emilie Ollivier minister of Napoleon the 3rd died in 1913 and was buried in the vault he had built overlooking" les Salins" opposite his estate at la Moutte.
Each year some of the most important historical and religious events are commemorated in Saint-Tropez during the Bravades on May the 16th,17th and 18th by the whole population in honour of their ancestors and worship of their Patron Saint.
- Arts and Culture
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Glitz and glamour with a touch of old world charm
Favorite thing: Its always difficult to try to sum up a favourite thing about a destination. I love to travel, I don't yet get to do as much as I'd like, but that will come, but the times I am away I try to make the most of and see good things in any place, whether it be a big city or small village. I think you can always come away with something positive, even if you hated the place!
As I was on an adventure holiday, this was the first time I had the opportunity to do any kind of watersport and the warmth of the Med was perfect for that. The backdrop wasn't bad either with the port of St. Tropez on one side, St. Maxime on the other with the Alps maritime in the background.
Fondest memory: I miss the warm evenings, the good food and wine and the great company, considering I had not met these people before the holiday, it was just a fantastic time. The town of St. Tropez could sometimes be rude and arrogant, but nonetheless walking round the narrow streets, seeing the view of the bay you can't fail to be impressed. I will always remember watching all the yachts return from the open sea on a Saturday afternoon, there were literally 100s of them. It was just an impressive sight.
- Adventure Travel
- Sailing and Boating
- Water Sports
Reach the Beach
Favorite thing: Move away from the bustle of the town and you will find some gorgeaous beaches, many secluded, although you will find that a lot of people do this same thing. We went up to Cap Taillat, to the south of St.Tropez, and lay in the sunshine amid clear turquoise waters. This photo should tempt you!
Favorite thing: Not a real blue bird but the boat with the name Blue Bird. Look at the glamor inside and the lovely sun terrace.
White tuned Porsche Cayenne
Favorite thing: A rich boy from Monte Carlo with the mandatory accessory - the white (the color of choice to show off) Porsche Cayenne. I can only imagine how it's like in St. Tropez in summer season.
Two more boats
Favorite thing: I guess that having a bigger two story boat makes you richer than the rich one having only a one story boat.
Favorite thing: This colorful bird was walking on the stairs leading to the Citadell. I did not had the chance to see it's tail open but still I took some pictures.
Row of houses in the harbor
Favorite thing: Narrow houses on the side of the harbor pathway, either hotel, to rent or owned apartments, they are in the heart of St. Tropez
The Old Town
Favorite thing: The Old Town is worth a look around. You may find it nice and quiet, away from the throngs around the Port.