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Last updated: 06 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

Little Saint-Tropez has an enormous reputation as the hippest, most hedonistic resort in France. An artists’ colony in the late 19th century and the post-war Left Bank on the Med (think Sartre, Picasso and Juliette Greco), today’s St-Tropez owes much of its charisma to its muse, Brigitte Bardot.

With its stunning hotels, fabulous restaurants, hip boutiques, iconic beaches and nightclubs, St-Trop (its nickname, ‘Saint Too Much’) is one of the world’s top places to see and be seen (with prices to match), attracting film stars, models, VIPs and Russian oligarchs, while still maintaining an informal, bohemian sense of fun.

Orientation

The town sits on a beautiful wooded peninsula, clustered around the Vieux Port with its mega yachts and cafés gazing across the Gulf towards the Massif des Maures.

Another hub is the Place des Lices, scene of St-Tropez’s delightful outdoor market. Luxurious villas nestle in the hills, while most of St-Tropez’s famous 5km of white sandy beaches are a few kilometres away in Ramatuelle; other parts of the stunning coastline are a nature reserve.

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest

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Experience

Museum of the Annunciation

Saint-Tropez, Cote d'Azur, France

This pretty 16th-century chapel turned gallery has one of France’s top collections of post-Impressionist art. See paintings by Matisse, Derain, Braque, Vlaminck, Bonnard, Utrillo, Roualt and Vuilllard. Open daily, except Tuesday.

Best for ages: 18+ | £5

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Aerial view of long, white-sand beach
Experience

Pampelonne Beach

Saint-Tropez, Cote d'Azur, France

The Cote d’Azur’s most famous and atmospheric beach, with public sands and private clubs for every taste. The sea here is a lovely turquoise. Among the beach clubs, 55 is for serious star-spotting, Les Jumeaux is for families, Moorea and Aqua Club are laid-back, and Nikki Beach is for blingy party types.

Best for ages: Any | Free

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Walk the Sentier du Littoral

Saint-Tropez, Cote d'Azur, France

Just outside the capital of bling, Saint-Tropez, this 18km coastal path, starting at beautiful Gigaro beach and signposted in yellow, is one of France’s wildest, most beautiful coastal paths.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free | 5-7 hours

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Our selection of the best Viator tours of this destination, plus helpful tickets and transfers

Ferry from Cannes to St Tropez

Ferry from Cannes to St Tropez

Cannes

If you’re looking to spend a day in St Tropez, there’s no more relaxing way to start your journey than on a boat ride from Cannes. Enjoy the...

€71 | Rating 4.33 / 5 [106 ratings]

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Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Day from Nice Small-Group Tour

Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Day from Nice Small-Group Tour

Nice

Explore one of the French Riviera’s trendiest hotspots on this 8-hour St-Tropez excursion from Nice. Head from your hotel in Nice along the ...

€145 | Rating 4.4 / 5 [15 ratings]

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Our writer’s picks of the best places to stay in this destination

Le Mouillage

Saint-Tropez, Cote d'Azur, France

A small, immaculate and affordable hotel with a pool, a few minutes’ walk from St Tropez. Opposite the golden sands of Bouillabaisse Beach, and with much sought-after free parking. 

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Le Pre de la Mer

Saint-Tropez, Cote d'Azur, France

A light-filled former Provencal farmhouse that’s now a luxurious contemporary hotel, with peaceful private terraces and a striking pool. Close to the buzz and glamour of St Tropez, and a short walk to its beaches.

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Pan Dei Palais

Saint-Tropez, Cote d'Azur, France

A romantic jewel of a boutique hotel has tropical gardens and a pool, hidden in the centre of St Tropez town. 

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Hotel Sezz

Saint-Tropez, Cote d'Azur, France

A luxurious, architect’s-dream hotel set in oasis-like gardens, but close to the buzz and beach clubs of St Tropez.

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When to go

Unlike Nice, Monaco and its surroundings, St-Tropez seriously closes down out of season: as the only town on the Cote d’Azur to face north, it’s unsheltered from blustery winter winds and weather. Beach and nightclubs generally close in early September; after the early October Voiles de St-Tropez historic yacht race, the final one of the season on the French calendar, the town once again becomes a sleepy little Mediterranean port.

Getting there and away

By road, it can take 90 minutes or up to three hours from Nice Airport to St-Tropez. There are direct Beltrame buses from the airport to St-Raphael, where you’ll need to transfer to another bus to St-Tropez.

You can also take a train to St-Raphael, and a seasonal ferry from there to St-Tropez. Or arrive in style by helicopter: in July and August. Heli Securite run a regular service that takes 20 minutes from Nice Airport.

Another option is to fly into Hyeres-Toulon Airport, 50 minutes away, which has seasonal connections around Europe, then take a taxi or bus – they run five times a day to St-Tropez.

Getting around

The beaches are out of town, and while there are plentiful taxis and boat taxis, having some form of wheels is useful; if you haven’t brought the Lamborghini, hire a scooter or a bike, both of which are far easier to park.

Where to stay

Your main decision in St-Tropez is whether to stay in town where it’s convenient to the bars, restaurants and nightlife, or out near the beaches. Some of the smarter hotels in town provide shuttles to the beaches, a good solution if don’t want to hire a bike.

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Cannes destination guide

Cote d'Azur, France

Sister city of Hollywood and host of the famous film festival, Cannes, with its palm-lined La Croisette, golden beach and five star hotels oozes cinematic and pure Riviera glamour.

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Nice destination guide

Cote d'Azur, France

The buzzing, art-filled, foodie capital of the French Riviera, with a charming, Italian-influenced historic centre. The ideal base for a first-time visit to the Cote d’Azur, and home to the world-renowned Nice Carnival.

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