Saint Tropez is one of the most famous regions in Europe due to it’s popularity with celebrities. Many of the biggest names in showbusiness have homes here, and it’s easy to see why. St-Tropez peninsula boasts golden coastal paths and beaches with the crystal clear waters. The quaint harbors with their cobbled streets are a fantastic spot to visit, and their markets offer some of the best produce in France. Along with the excellent designers shops and world renowned restaurants, there really is something for all to enjoy. If you’re visiting St Tropez for the first time, here are some activities you absolutely must try.
Watch the world go by at Place des Lices
Place des Lices is a central square in St Tropez which has become well-known for it’s charm and array of cafes. During your next trip to the South of France, you can find a cafe terrace which overlooks the square and simply watch the world go by. Try to do this on one of their twice weekly market days for some real French hustle and bustle. You can also catch a game of boules being played under the square’s magnificent plane trees. This will give you a fascinating look at how the locals live, and you may even spot a celebrity or two. There’s no better way to see St Tropez so keep your coffee topped up and enjoy the sights.
Visit the Musée de l’Annonciade
The small museum located not far from the Port de Saint Tropez is a converted 16th Century chapel. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in it’s artwork. The museum showcases both modern and traditional works by local and international artists. Picasso, Matisse, and Signac, who were all inspired by the stunning beauty of St Tropez, also have their work displayed here. It’s an impressive collection in an unusual setting, and an absolute must see. Why not spend an hour or two leisurely wandering around the converted chapel. That way you can see how the artists have interpreted Saint Tropez in their own unique way.
Hike the Sentier du Littoral
If you prefer to spend your vacation being active, then this is the activity for you. Hiking this beautiful coastal path alongside the peninsula will take you to hidden bays and creeks, only accessible by boat. You can spend the day exploring and taking in the stunning scenery. You could pack a picnic and take it with you to one of the secluded beaches you find along the way and watch the boats out at sea. With such a long stretch of coastline, you can spend an entire day seeing a side of St Tropez than many tourists don’t often see.
As you can see this Southeastern region of France has plenty to offer no matter what you enjoy doing. Remember that this is an incredibly popular tourist destination in the summer months and they can have up to 60,000 visitors per day. For a quieter experience, try going after the rush. So don’t feel undecided about your next vacation destination and book a trip to St Tropez today!