St Tropez in the Côte d'Azur region of south-eastern France is quite simply the most famous resort on the French Riviera, if not the whole of Europe. It has been a holiday hotspot since the 1950s, when the iconic film And God Created Women – starring Bridget Bardot – turned this unassuming, pretty fishing town into the spot for the ‘jet-set’.
The glamorous town offers visitors a slice of the high-life with its high-end shops, trendy cafés, exclusive restaurants and sun-kissed beaches, which continue to attract the rich and famous from around the world. The cobblestoned La Ponche quarter recalls its past as a fishing village, but it’s now luxury yachts that outnumber fishing boats in the Vieux Port (Old Port).
Away from hot spots such as the glorious Pampelonne Beach – which accommodates some 30,000 sun-worshippers topping-up their golden tans in the summer months – the Old Town is a hive of activity too. [ReadMore]
Packed with designer stores and boutiques, trendy back-street coffee shops, wait-listed restaurants and busy bars, the Old Town’s jumble of narrow, crowded streets offer a glimpse into the glamourous lifestyle enjoyed by so many here. A serene side can still be found in some spots around the town where visitors can sip pastis, watch old men play pétanque beneath trees, or walk the beaches further up along the coastal path. However, for the most part, St Tropez is celebrity culture, gourmet food and hot nightlife.