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Stylish Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez is something of a gem in the southeast of France. It has long been the playground of celebrities and the well-heeled, and has not lost its appeal since it became the place to see and be seen in the 1950s. Today, Saint-Tropez still attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year who come to see this iconic resort destination for themselves.

Just ‘be’

St tropez streets

In terms of sights and attractions there is not much to tick off during a visit to Saint-Tropez. Instead, this is the type of place you visit to just enjoy. Appreciate strolling around the high-end shops, soak up the sunshine, embrace the laid-back atmosphere, sit in a café and indulge in some people watching or hire a yacht and get out on the water. It is the ultimate place for relaxation and you’ll come home sun-kissed and rejuvenated.

Stay somewhere amazing

Saint-Tropez is home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and villas, that discerning travellers are happy to return to time and time again. Hotel Byblos is a favourite for those who wish to be close to the shops, bars and restaurants. Hotel de la Plonche is perfect for people who want a more peaceful location and Hotel de Paris is the only hotel with a rooftop pool in the town. Other luxurious favourites include Muse St Tropez, Kube Hotel St Tropez, Le Mas de Chastelas and La Reserve Ramatuelle.

Wander around La Ponche

St tropez yachts

Saint-Tropez started out life as a small, quaint fishing village and remained so until Brigitte Bardot visited to star in ‘And God Created Woman’ in 1956. After that, seemingly overnight, the small town transformed into the place all the jet-set wanted to visit.

Now, much of the evidence of Saint-Tropez’s former life as a quiet seaside town has all but disappeared. It has been replaced with luxury hotels, a marina that hosts millions of pounds worth of yachts and all of the trappings that go with being a sought-after destination. Wander around the quieter area of La Ponche and you will find some pieces of the towns historic fishing past.

La Ponche is where you’ll find the oldest buildings in Saint-Tropez, dating back to the 18th century. Eglise de Saint-Tropez is a well-recognised landmark, with the tower rising high above the other buildings. It was built in 1785 in Italian baroque style and serves as a charming reminder of the history of Saint-Tropez.

Marvel at the landscape

Part of Saint-Tropez’s appeal is its stunning coastal location. The rugged peninsula the town sits in is, quite simply breath taking with views out to sea and across to the Maures mountains. There are also some superb beaches, including Pampelonne beach, which stretches for around three miles.

Organising private jet charter to Saint-Tropez is one way to ensure your trip to this stylish destination starts and ends in the right way. La Mole Airport is just 11 miles from the town and Toulon-Hyeres Airport is around 30 miles away.