The legendary St Tropez, an international tourist destination, has contributed to the fame of the French Rivera with Cannes and Monaco.
This little village owes its renown firstly to the French painters who came to paint its southern light (Paul Signac, Henri Matisse, Louis Valtat, Albert Marquet, André Derain, Charles-Henri Person, Pierre Bonnard...), and secondly to the Parisian artists and intellectuals of the 1950's who were charmed (Sagan, Picasso, Prévert and many others).
Saint-Tropez - (Photo : L. Caille)
But it is undoubtedly in the 60's when Brigitte Bardot came to live at La Madrague that Saint-Tropez 's reputation became worldwide. T
he city of the "Bailli de Suffren" still attracts many visitors in summer who come to "admire or to be admired". Celebrities, huge yachts, an animated night-life all contribute to the legend. But in the low season, Saint-Tropez becomes an authentic village by the sea with its narrow streets and warm coloured houses.
Come and enjoy the wide range of quality hotels and restaurants, the cultural heritage and the numerous activities and entertainment day and night in St-Tropez.
Saint-Tropez - (Photo : L. Caille)
. Un peu d'histoire : click here
According to legend, the Christian centurion Torpes, decapitated by order of Nero, was put in a boat and pushed out to sea along with a dog and a rooster. Although the animals should have devoured the body, they left it intact.
The boat is then said to have washed up on the exact site of what was later to become Saint-Tropez - a derivative of the name Torpes.
. La Citadelle :
An initial defence post was erected on the so-called "Moulins" hill in the late 16th century, during the Religious Wars. click here
The hexagonal tower, which formed an essential part of the village's defence system, was erected between 1602 and 1607.
The Citadel underwent numerous modifications over the centuries, before falling into disuse in the 19th century, when the strategic interest of this perfectly-preserved fortress finally diminished. Bought up by the town in 1993 and made a listed monument, the Citadel - now home to the town's naval museum - is currently being restored. Guided tours. Closed Tuesdays. Charge for.
La Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - (Photos : L. Caille)
. The "Château Suffren" and "Tour Guillaume" : date back to the late 15th century. The first bears the name of the ancient Seigneurs of Saint-Tropez, who adopted it as their family home in the 18th century. Cannot be visited.
. Religious buildings : click here
. "Notre Dame de l'Assomption." : Built in 1784, this Italian baroque-style church is topped by a bell tower. Inside, you can admire statues and carvings dating back to the early 19th century, along with the bust of Saint-Tropez, which is paraded through the streets every year during the famous "Bravades" celebration (May 16-18). The church organs were renovated in 1990.
. La chapelle du Couvent : Also called the "Chapelle de Saint-Tropez". The current building, whose foundations are said to contain the remains of the martyr Torpes, dates back to the 18th century.
. "Chapelle de la Miséricorde" : The chapel is a listed 17th century monument.
. Chapelle Sainte-Anne : Built in 1620 and dedicated to the patron saint of sailors, the chapel walls are decorated with many ex-votos. Open to the public on July 26th only (Saint-Anne's Day). Stunning views over the Bay of Saint-Tropez, the Maures Hills and the Southern Alps.
. The naval cemetery : Transferred to the "Pré des Pêcheurs" (Sinner's Meadow) in 1776, then its current location in 1815. One of France's rare naval cemeteries, offering unequalled views over the Bays of Saint-Tropez and Les Canoubiers.
. Beaches : "La Bouillabaisse" "Les Graniers", "Les Cannebiers", "La Moutte" and "Les Salins".
Saint-Tropez's Beaches - (Photo : golfe-infos)
. Le Port : the famous port of Saint-Tropez, where embarkations traditional winter fishing spot in summer with the beautiful yachts that made the port of Saint-Tropez famous for their excess.
Le Port de Saint-Tropez - (Photos : golfe-infos)
. "Môle Jean Réveille" : The jetty is the perfect vantage point for regattas and other nautical events.
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. Naval Museum : Open 10.00 am -12.00 pm and 1.00 pm - 4.30 pm in Winter and 11.00 am - 5.30 pm in Summer. Closed Tuesdays and from November 1-December 1.
. Arts and crafts workshops and art galleries :
. "La Maison des Papillons" (Butterfly House) : rue Etienne Berny. Open from April 1-October 31. From April 1-April 30 open from 10.00 am -12.00 pm and 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm. From May 2-October 31 open from 10.00 am -12.00 pm and 3.00 pm - 7.00 pm. Closed Tuesdays, May 17th and Ascension Day.
. Musée de l'Annonciade : place Georges Grammont (Phone: +33 (0)4.94.97.04.01) From October 1-May 31 open from 10.00 am - 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm. From June 1-September 30 open from 10.00 am - 12.00 pm and 3.00 pm - 7.00 pm. Closed Tuesdays, November, January 1st, May 1st, Ascension Day and Christmas Day. Sculptures and paintings by the Pointillist, Fauvist and "Nabis" (independent artists) movements.
starting with the painters on the port (see GI's report) : click here
. Spartiates Tropeziennes K.Jacques :
- Atelier Dany Lartigue : painting gallery - rue Etienne Berny
- Galerie Henri Sié : painting gallery - 4 rue du Clocher
- Atelier Galerie Abrial : art gallery and decoration workshop
- Atelier Galerie Ivan : painting gallery - Place R. de Garezzio
- Atelier Ivan Hor : 3D paintings, compositions with thousands of little paper boats
- Galerie Nathalie Duchayne : contemporary art gallery - 2 rue de la Resistance
- Atelier Galerie Corinne Kowalski : Painter- Place de l'Ormeau rue d'Aumale
- Contemporary Fine Art Gallery : Internationally recognized contemporary artists exhibitions
Creation and manufacture of Tropezian "spartiates" since 1933.
. Pétanque : on the famous Place de Lices.
. Sampling local specialities : click here
. La tarte Tropézienne : a local cake created by Alexandre Micka and sold every where in the Bay of Saint Tropez.
. Les Calins de Saint-Tropez : little almond sweets.
Les Restaurants et spécialités de Saint-Tropez - (Photos : golfe-infos)
. Sports : click here
. "Piscine Municipale" (Public swimming pool) : route des Salins. Open all year round
. Sailing : Windsurfing, sail boats, catamarans, rowing - lessons and training courses for beginners or advanced - Baie de Canebiers
. Windsurfing : At the "Bouillabaisse" - Ideal spot when the north west wind (Mistral) is blowing. In winter you may catch a glimpse of the snow-topped mountains whilst sailing. Note : limited hight (1,80 meters) in car park.
. Tennis club de l'Union Sportive Tropézienne : 4 synthetic clay courts, 4 hard courts, all lighted - lessons, hiring and training courses - Route des Plages - Centre Philippot
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - (Photos : Hélisécurité ››)
. Luxury shopping in town, ...
Shopping in Saint-Tropez - (Photos : L. Caille)
. Take a walk : click here
. Discos : click here
. V.I.P Room :
A very fashionable night club, ... click here
. Les Caves du Roy :
the Byblos' night club, the most select and glamorous in the Bay. click here
. Le Papagayo :
the most select and glamorous in the Bay
small disco originally a cellar behind the town hall - house and techno music
. Le Pigeonnier :
small "Gay" disco 200 meters from the harbour
Night Club Vip Room Saint-Tropez - (Photos : golfe-infos)
. Music bars : click here
. Joseph : One of the best restaurants becomes a friendly music bar after service
. Cinema "La Renaissance" : click here
. Provençal market :
. Le Papagayo Lounge Bar : at the end of the old harbour, one of the most sougth-after settings.
Music restaurant and cocktail bar. Port de Saint Tropez, Maggy : Music bar - live music and DJ.
Le Bar du Port : a trendy bar with great music
Le Café de Paris : a sushi bar - restaurant with music to begin your evening. Quai Suffren...
every Tuesday and Saturday morning - Place des Lices.
. The Fish market :
behind the tourist office - every morning (except Mondays).
. Visit of the wine cellar of the "Vignerons de Saint-Tropez" :
Tasting and sale of Tropezian wines.
. LEADING EVENTS : click here
La Bravade : in may
Les voiles de Saint-Tropez : in october
Rassemblement des plus prestigieux voiliers de tradition et modernes de tous horizons. Parcours côtiers et défis tout au long de la semaine, organisés par la Société Nautique.
Christmas at Saint Tropez : in December
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