A visit to Saint Tropez is possible from many Provence vacation rentals. A former hub for local artists, Saint Tropez is now a port city bustling with merchants and tourists; it is possible to brush elbows with Paris Hilton, Naomi Campbell and Bruce Willis here.
With its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea and scenic countryside, the city attracts thousands of socialites and celebrities, especially during the summer with their luxurious yachts. You can also bargain for scenic landscape artworks displayed along the harbor. Go out of your Provence rental and see with your own eyes the modern take on a medieval town. Enjoy a pleasurable afternoon by the harbor as you watch fellow tourists in their yachts come and go.
From the city center, you can head to Plage des Graniers to the west near the old port or the Plage des Cannebiers to the east. Most locals and vacationers troop to Pampelonne, south of the city. There are around 20 private beaches in Pampelonne that stretches 3 miles to the east; popular destinations include Coco Beach, Moorea Plage, le Voile Rouge and Plage de Tahiti. The Nikki Beach is famous for beachgoers who choose to be "bold and beautiful". You can also head to Ile du Levant, a nudist island that used to be inhabited by monks. Most beaches offer lunches and dinners by the ocean.
If you want less crowded beaches and coastline, you can head to neighboring villages that are just a short distance away from Saint Tropez. These villages include La Croix Valmer, Cogolin, Gassin and Ramatuelle.
La Croix Valmer sits on a hill about 1.2 miles from the coast and is home to world-famous Plage de Gigaro, recently voted as 1 of the 10 best beaches in France. Hiking tours following the coastal trail from Cap Lardier to Cap Taillat and Cap Camarat are available. The entire hiking trail is a conservation area that captures the beauty of the azure Mediterranean waters and the lush landscape on the other side.
The marina at Port Cogolin is considered to be largest in the region; there are around 1,600 yachts and pleasure boats moored at the harbor. Food and drinks served at the marina restaurants are cheaper as compared to those in the city center.
Festivals and Events
Several festivals and events are held at Saint Tropez during the summer. The Fete de la Bravade is popular among tourists with military displays, street dancing and musical extravaganza.
The Fete des Vendanges is a grape harvest festival usually followed with a sailing regatta in October. Thousands of yacht enthusiasts visit this time of the year to take part in the contest or simply watch the racing boats make their way into the Mediterranean.
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