Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez today is iconic within the South of France however this wasn’t always the case. Since the 1950s when it was a small fishing village, it has quickly grown into one of France’s most popular destinations, enjoyed by the rich and famous.

The town is located in a favourable part of the Mediterranean coast, with beautiful beaches beautiful, an ideal climate and a thrilling and exuberant social scene. The summer season is bookmarked by two popular events. In May, Les Bravades de Saint Tropez kicks off the season with a celebration of the town’s patron saint Torpes of Pisa and concluding the summer in October is a regatta, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. During these months, the bars, cafés and restaurants are buzzing with visitors.

In contrast, the old part of town has winding streets and architecture reminiscent of an older France. The coast, in the Baie de Pampelonne, is a collection of smaller beaches on a 5km shore and there are always debates as to which one is the best. Activities such as sailing, windsurfing and various other motorised water sports are on offer here.

Saint-Tropez’s down-season can be a delight too – once the hordes of visitors are gone its authentic old-France personality blossoms. Many visitors therefore prefer to come at the beginning or tail end of the summer season in May, June, September and October for this reason.

With only two main roads linking Saint-Tropez to other towns - one to enter and one to leave the city - in the height of summer, the streets are famously gridlocked. Alternatively, you can travel from town to town by boat which goes from Saint-Tropez to Saint-Raphaël, Sainte Maxime, Port Grimaud and surrounding cities.

The experts say

The property tax in Saint-Tropez is 20% cheaper than in comparable villages such as Sainte-Maxime for example.

The property market in Saint-Tropez

There are only a few new-build projects in Saint-Tropez, especially in the historic centre of the charming city. Although the demand is strong for such properties, the number available on offer remains low.

Saint-Tropez’s popularity makes its real estate market strong in terms of capital appreciation as well as for generating rental yields, especially in the short term. Tourists have been attracted to Saint-Tropez for years and it continues to grow steadily. In 2017, 140,000 visitors came to the area on holiday and this figure is expected to grow in the near future.

  • The famous French movie with Louis de Funes Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez was filmed in the city.
  • The creamy tart ‘La Tarte de Saint-Tropez’ is a popular delicacy for both French and foreign tourists.
  • The famous square Place des Lices hosts a market twice a week with fresh local produce.

How to Get There

By Road

Use the A8 highway to reach Saint-Tropez from Nice or Marseille, take the exit n°36 and drive for 34km.

By Train

There is no train station in Saint-Tropez. Saint-Raphaël is the closest station (38km away) and can easily be reached from everywhere, especially Nice and Toulon.

By Air

You can either fly to Nice or Toulon to get to Saint-Tropez. Toulon is closer to Saint-Tropez (55km away) but has less flights than Nice airport (95km away).

Three insiders tips for Saint-Tropez

GO - to the beach and discover the Pampelonne Coast and its beautiful sandy beaches with its beach parties especially at Tahiti, Pampelonne's oldest and most historic beach club.
SHOP - in the most prestigious boutiques such as Dior, Gucci, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and many other high-end brands or simply buy some famous tropeziennes sandals at the Rondini shop that belongs to the family who invented the sandals.
SEE - the citadel and visit one of the most visited historical and cultural attractions in the Var region with its Maritime History Museum.

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