Going to the south of France on the French Riviera is a dream vacation. St. Tropez has been the playground for the rich and famous for many years including in the 1950’s when Brigitte Bardot made films there and made the resort known all over the world.
The warm Mediterranean waters and golden sand beaches are well-known for their sunbathing as well as water sports such as sailing, water skiing, and fishing. It is easy to rent the necessary equipment for canoeing, windsurfing, jet biking, power boating, and more. If you happen to be there in October, there is a special regatta that draws many yachts to the area.
The Quartier de la Ponche is the most beautiful section of St. Tropez. You can stroll through its cobblestone streets and admire the tall historic buildings with their unusual large lanterns as well as shops, homes, restaurants, and hotels.
The restaurants are unique with both local and international cuisine. Chez Joseph may be small and tucked away, but is very popular and requires reservations. The view of the city from its glassed-in porch is spectacular. Three brothers own the Caprice des Deux, and they boast of their authentic cuisine including Duck Comfit With Rosemary and the classic Creme Brulee dessert. For elegance you can go to the Cafe de Paris with its red velour sofas, gold-framed mirrors, and excellent food.
The Citadelle is hexagon-shaped and was built in the 16th century as a defender. Now a naval museum which holds cultural events, it also offers a spectacular view from its main terrace.
Built in the 17th century, the Chapelle de la Misericorde in the old town has amazing high stone walls which are topped by a tiled roof with swirls of greens, blues and gold accents.
Accommodations go anywhere from small villas in St Tropez to large ones that can sleep 10 to 14 people. Many of the latter are restored buildings from the 18th century set in vineyards, manicured gardens, wooded hills or pine forests. There are refurbished farmhouses and seafront luxury mansions available for rent, also. Some of the castles have their quarters made into smaller apartments for rental.