WHAT TO DO IN SAINT TROPEZ ? LOU PINET'S RECOMMENDATIONS
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A small fishing port on the shores of the beautiful Mediterranean, a haven for many painters and writers, a world-renowned seaside resort since the 1950s... Saint-Tropez is without a doubt the most emblematic village on the Côte d'Azur.
What activities can you enjoy in Saint-Tropez during your stay in Provence? Allow yourself to be captivated by its enchanting light, magnificent turquoise beaches, fascinating and rich history, gastronomy, and vibrant nightlife. Whether you are a sea lover, a nocturnal adventurer, a history aficionado, or a culture enthusiast, Saint-Tropez guarantees a delightful getaway from the mundane routine, where you can immerse yourself in the unparalleled charm of the Mediterranean way of life.
DISCOVER THE MUST-SEE SITES OF SAINT-TROPEZ
In the early morning, when the town is still asleep, begin your day in the old port of Saint-Tropez, immersing yourself in the charm of its traditional and vibrant facades. Take a moment to savor a cup of coffee while overlooking the magnificent sailboats and yachts. Embark on a leisurely stroll through the historic streets of the old town, allowing yourself to catch a glimpse of the iconic ochre bell tower of the Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption parish church. Take time to admire its Baroque style and beautiful woodwork before heading for the mythical Place des Lices. In the shade of the century-old plane trees, or comfortably seated on one of the terraces surrounding the square, enjoy an authentic moment of relaxation, or indulge in a traditional game of pétanque. On Tuesday and Saturday mornings, stalls laden with local produce grace the historic square for the unmissable Saint-Tropez market. When night falls, don your finest attire for a famous Tropezian evening!
WHAT TO DO IN SAINT-TROPEZ IMMERSE YOURSELF IN ITS HISTORY
Take advantage of your visit to the most beautiful village on the Côte d'Azur and immerse yourself in its history and culture. Art lovers will start with the Musée de l'Annonciade, dedicated to the painters. Discover the work of the masters of the pointillist, nabis and fauve movements, and be captivated by the works of Signac, Matisse, Camoin, Derain or Cross... Another must-see during your stay is the Citadelle and its maritime history museum, which retraces the amazing history of the city's inhabitants. Before heading back to the hotel, or after a day at the beach, don't miss out on a visit to Saint-Tropez's legendary old gendarmerie! The Musée de la Gendarmerie et de l'Histoire du Cinéma invites you to take a nostalgic look back at Louis de Funès and the characters from the famous "Gendarmes" series, as well as Romy Schneider and Brigitte Bardot during the filming of "Et Dieu... créa la femme" and "La Piscine".
BASK ON THE IDYLLIC BEACHES OF SAINT-TROPEZ
From petite rocky coves to the renowned beaches of the Bay of Pampelonne, the Gulf of Saint-Tropez is brimming with natural treasures. Make a stop at Plage de la Ponche, a mythical little beach nestled within the ramparts of Saint-Tropez, before embarking on a coastal journey towards Ramatuelle, where a string of heavenly beaches stretches along over 10 km of coastline. Whether you seek a seaside lunch or a leisurely day spent serenaded by the soothing waves, indulge in moments of absolute relaxation on the most exquisite beaches on the Côte d'Azur.
TASTE THE DELICIOUS TROPÉZIENNE GASTRONOMY
A former fishing village, the city's restaurants offer Provencal cuisine rich in fish, shellfish and crustaceans. Among the emblematic specialties not to be missed: the famous bouillabaisse, the succulent nougat at Senéquier's, the delicious wines of Provence and, above all, the famous tarte tropézienne, a mout-watering pastry that has become the symbol of Saint-Tropez gastronomy.
CULTURE IN SAINT TROPEZ
Saint-Tropez has long been a popular destination for artists from all over the world. The town's colorful landscapes, narrow streets and undeniable charm have inspired many painters and sculptors over the years. Artists such as Paul Signac, Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard were all drawn to the natural beauty of Saint-Tropez and immortalized its landscapes in their works. As you stroll through the streets, you'll discover art galleries where contemporary artists exhibit their creations inspired by this magical town.
To delve into the artistic history of Saint-Tropez, a visit to the Musée de l'Annonciade is a must. Housed in a former 16th-century chapel, this museum boasts an exceptional collection of modern and contemporary works of art. Paintings by Signac, Matisse, Bonnard, Derain and many others are on display here, offering visitors a fascinating insight into the artistic movements that have left their mark on Saint-Tropez and the surrounding area.
Another unique museum in Saint-Tropez is the Musée de la Gendarmerie et du Cinéma. This special place pays tribute to the famous film series "Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez", starring Louis de Funès. You'll discover costumes, props and photographs from the films, as well as objects linked to the history of the gendarmerie. Immerse yourself in the comic world of Gendarme Cruchot and his colleagues and learn more on the impact the series has had on the popularity of Saint-Tropez.
In addition to these two iconic museums, Saint-Tropez also offers numerous art galleries where you can admire and acquire works by contemporary artists. What's more, the town regularly organizes temporary exhibitions and art events, making it a dynamic place for art lovers.
DISCOVER THE ORIGINS OF THE BRAVADES DE SAINT-TROPEZ
A centuries-old tradition, the Bravade de Saint-Tropez is linked to the history of Saint-Tropez. Celebrated every year on May 16, 17 and 18, it celebrates the loyalty of Tropezians to their patron saint. The Bravades are a mixture of religious festivities and military displays. For three days, the town is transformed into a veritable living theater, where locals and visitors alike gather to take part in ceremonies and costumed parades. The program includes re-enactments, processions, and artillery salutes.
Since its first edition over 450 years ago, the Bravade de Saint-Tropez has been one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year. While the entertainment has evolved over the years, the principle remains the same: to celebrate the town's history and values.
The festivities generally begin on May 16, Saint Tropez Day, with a solemn mass in honor of the patron saint in the parish church. Participants wear traditional Provençal costumes, and religious banners are carried in the procession. After mass, artillery salutes echo through the streets to announce the start of the Bravades. Throughout the three days, military parades take place in the streets, members of the Republican Guard, sailors, legionnaires, and other military units march in uniform, bearing ancient weapons and flags, muskets are fired, recalling the city's military history, music resounds during the Bravades, with groups of drummers and fife players and folk dances and musical performances take place in the streets and squares, creating a festive and joyful atmosphere.
LES VOILES DE SAINT TROPEZ
For the 25th edition, from September 29 to October 8, 2023, the event welcomes Maxis yachts, classic and modern boats. Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez is the #1 sailing event on the Mediterranean coast.
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez is a famous annual sailing regatta held in the town of Saint-Tropez, on the French Riviera. The event attracts sailors and sailing enthusiasts from all over the world. What makes Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez so special is that it brings together boats from different eras and of different types, ranging from classic yachts to modern racing yachts. Participants can compete in different classes depending on the size, age and type of their boat.
In addition to the regattas, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez offers a wide range of activities. The village of Saint-Tropez is alive with festivities, concerts, art exhibitions and gala evenings. It's an opportunity for sailors and sailing enthusiasts to get together and share their passion in a magnificent setting.
BARGAIN AT THE GRANDE BRADERIE DE SAINT TROPEZ
From October 27 to 29, 2023, come to the Grande Braderie de Saint-Tropez, a popular annual event held in the charming town of Saint-Tropez. It's a unique opportunity for shopping enthusiasts to unearth bargains and enjoy a festive atmosphere. During this event, the main streets of Saint-Tropez, are transformed into a vast open-air market. Local merchants and well-known boutiques offer items at reduced prices, attracting locals and tourists alike in search of bargains. You'll find everything from designer clothes and fashion accessories to homewares, jewelry, shoes, cosmetics and much more. It's the perfect opportunity to renew your wardrobe, find original, vintage gifts or simply treat yourself at a lower cost.
Bargains aside, the Grande Braderie de Saint-Tropez creates a festive atmosphere in the town. The streets are alive with musicians, shows and food stalls serving local specialities. Every year, the Grande Braderie de Saint-Tropez attracts large numbers of visitors, both locals and tourists from far and wide. It's a unique opportunity to discover Saint-Tropez from a different angle, combining shopping and entertainment.
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