Visit Saint-Tropez, France
Renowned as a hangout for wealthy celebrities, Saint-Tropez is a former fishing village where glittering yachts have replaced the trawlers and designer boutiques the local bakery. Despite its popularity and star-studded appeal, Saint-Tropez manages to retain much of its original charm with a network of tiny cobbled streets running through the old fishing quarter, now a fashionable shopping area, a sturdy citadel dominating the views and that special quality of light that attracted so many artists over the years.
Our France specialists visit regularly to seek out the best experiences and places to drink, dine and stay. They can guide you away from the crowds to discover a more authentic side of this French Riviera leading light.
France specialist Liz
To me, Saint-Tropez is all about having lunch at a seaside cafe while soaking up the glamor of the place: admiring the yachts moored off shore and watching chic people strolling by, carrying their bags from designer boutiques.
Things to see and do in Saint-Tropez
From modest fishing village to celebrity status
Overlooking the azure waters of the Mediterranean, Saint-Tropez was, for centuries, an unassuming fishing village. In the early 20th century, artists discovered the magical light and special qualities of the French Riviera and many flocked here, including Paul Signac and Henri Matisse.
But it was in the 1950s that Saint-Tropez hit the big time. Set and filmed in Saint-Tropez, Et Dieu Créa la Femme (And God Created Woman), a film starring a sizzling Brigitte Bardot, introduced the charms of Saint-Tropez to the world. Soon, the jet set followed and, with them, a whole new host of restaurants, bars and hotels that still entertain today.
The fishing quarter
Saint-Tropez's old port is today lined with yachts rather than fishing boats, but beyond its quays lies La Ponche, the old fishing quarter. One of the most tranquil and atmospheric parts of town, its network of narrow cobbled lanes is lined with old buildings and tiny boutiques.
The bell tower of the 18th-century Baroque-style church Église de Saint-Tropez dominates the area. En route to it, you'll happen upon shops selling ceramics, leather shoes and fine linens, small galleries and many cafes and bars where you can sit and sip a pastis. It's also worth seeking out Place des Lices, where locals play pétanque (boules) and an open-air market sets up every Tuesday and Saturday.
Once the town's main defense against an attack from Spain, the Citadelle de Saint-Tropez sits on a hill beyond the fishing quarter and offers views over the town and out to sea. It was commissioned by Henry IV and built in 1602, changing what was an unassuming little fishing village into a major military stronghold.
It held this position until the early 20th century, but today is better known for its engaging maritime museum, which is set in the original dungeons. The exhibits trace the history of Saint-Tropez through the lives of the sailors and fishermen from here who sailed across the globe. From the citadel you can follow the coastal path along the shoreline to hidden bays and beaches outside the town.
Suggested Saint-Tropez itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Saint-Tropez, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Saint-Tropez
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Saint-Tropez
- The French Riviera less than 5 miles away
- Grasse 31 miles away
- Antibes 33 miles away
- Saint-Paul-de-Vence 39 miles away
- Nice 42 miles away
- Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat 45 miles away
- Èze 48 miles away
- Monaco and Monte Carlo 52 miles away
- Provence 56 miles away
- Aix-en-Provence 63 miles away
- Roussillon 81 miles away
- Ménerbes 82 miles away
- Gordes 85 miles away
- L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue 92 miles away
- Saint-Rémy-de-Provence 98 miles away
- Les-Baux-de-Provence 99 miles away
- Avignon 104 miles away
- Arles 105 miles away
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region 106 miles away
- Orange 110 miles away
- Pont-du-Gard 116 miles away
- Uzès 123 miles away
- Rhône-Alpes 144 miles away
- Chamonix 178 miles away
- Talloires 179 miles away
- Annecy 185 miles away
- Lyon 194 miles away
- Dordogne 265 miles away
- La Roque-Gageac 292 miles away
- Sarlat-la-Canéda 292 miles away
- Castelnaud-la-Chapelle 294 miles away
- Beynac-et-Cazenac 294 miles away
Photos of Saint-Tropez
Accommodation choices for Saint-Tropez
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Saint-Tropez. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
La Réserve Ramatuelle boasts an enviable location along the French Riviera, offering a place to relax and rejuvenate surrounded by the serenity of the Mediterranean Sea.
An intimate getaway, Mas de Chastelas provides exquisite style and comfort in an authentic and peaceful setting far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city yet within easy access of the bright lights of Saint-Tropez.
Ideas for experiencing Saint-Tropez
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Saint-Tropez, and which use the best local guides.
Explore the coastline of the French Riviera aboard a private boat, admiring the rugged shores, mansions and quaint fishing villages of the region before stopping for a swim and a champagne toast in the setting sun.