When walking uphill, you reach a 16th century fortress - La Citadelle, which is now a museum, la musée de la marine, showing the naval history of Saint Tropez. We didn't enter the museum, but from the area around the museum you have some great views on Saint Tropez and the surrounding area.
Strolling in the streets of Saint Tropez
Saint Tropez was originally just a sleepy fishing village frequented by painters and writers. However this was changed forever by "And God Created Woman", a 1956 film that put this town aswell as Brigitte Bardot on the map. During the 1960s, Saint-Tropez became a favourite hangout for the international jetset and has had a mundaine reputation ever since.
Too be honest, I expected an overpriced, touristy place, that stuck to this 60s fame and is notorious for its VIP spotting. Well, touristy it is and like any other Mediterranean place somewhat overpriced as well, but despite the big yachts in the old port, which are actually quite a nice sight, the village still has a lot of traditional charm. I haven't seen any VIPs and the yachts and port really resembled the ports of the other places in the area, such as Cannes, Marseille, etc., making this just another one of the nice places on the Cote d'Azur. And one of the most charming at that. The little streets in the village are pretty cute and because of the busloads of tourists, everything is very well maintained.
Place des Lices
Apart from the old port, Place des Lices is the central square of Saint Tropez. We were there at midday and it was somewhat deserted, apart from the filled terraces to the side, but I can imagine this to be completely different later in the afternoon. Perhaps I have a too vivid imagination, but I pictured this place with many old men playing petanque here.
view from the citadel
It's not too hard to climb the stairs to the citadel. You will be rewarded with a beautiful view of St. Tropez and the surrounding sea.
In the picture you can see the distinctive red-yellow Portalet Tower which was part of the original defensive system completed in the late 15 th century.
- Historical Travel
A walk at the harbour...
The small harbour of Saint-Tropez is a very idyllic place - a lot of small fisher boats in beautiful colours and some big yachts, too.
Furthermore, there are a lot of painters exposing their pictures and painting new ones. Have a coffee in one of the cafés nearby and enjoy the atmosphere...
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Water Sports
- Luxury Travel
Harbour St Tropez
Simple fishing boats point to the history of Saint Tropez, overtaken by the explosion that followed Vadim and Bardot in the late fifties where they filmed "And God Created Woman"
The folklore origin of Saint Tropez is the landing here two thousand years ago of a Roman christian convert centurion, bound to the mast of his cast away ship with a cockerel companion that pecked out his eyes.
Today the boats landing at the harbour are more likely just simple fishing boats which unload extraordinary expensive sea food, to be eaten in even more extrordinarily expensive restaurants, by grossly overpaid western media moguls.
Pleasure boats and yatches offer a vantage point from which to watch the pleasure-seekers below.
A police station is not a place one would normally consider to be a tourist attraction, in St. Tropez it's different. Made famous in the French 'Gendarmes' movie series, it is now a pretty popular stopping place for visiting fans of Louis de Funes such as myself.
- Budget Travel
Place de Lices
Cenral to Saint Tropez is the dusty square populated with plane trees on their last legs, the place de Lices. Around it , cafes ideal to sit out in and enjoy watching your holiday spending money evaporate.
Masses of stylish restaurants
Ther is no shortages of eating places in Saint Tropez. Ranging from the merely expensive to the even more vastly expensive, eating out requires a cool head and a wary eye on hidden costs. Even a reasonably priced pizza ceases to become so when the cheapest bottle of wine is three times the price. check for a sensible option.
A Polish refugee baker created this delightful confection that can be purchased freshly made from the original bakery in st Tropez
Tarte Tropezienne offers you a sumptuous wedge of creme patisierrie custard, sandwiched in sponge cake and dusted with crystallised sugar. Fabulous, and the best tasted.
St Tropez market
As St Tropez is situated in the South of France, it has a very colorful markets on Tuesdays and Sundays.
It's a true pleasure for the eyes because of so many colors but of course for the nose too : so many spices, so many things to eat...
Love is in the air
I hope these guys don't mind having their picture taken and put on VT :) But they were so lovely in the sunset light and near that old tower.
See the properties
A light climb and you are in the quarter of local properties, summer residences or for rent, I'm thinking of buying one just in case :)
Having a stroll
Having a stroll on the pier of the old harbor of course, that is the first thing you should do in St. Tropez, to familiarize with the spirit.
Watch the sunset at the tower
In the corner of the old harbor pier and wall there is an old watch tower, still I couldn't see a light and it was not very tall to be a light house. But it's the best place to watch the sunset!!