Côte d’Azur – a short guide to Saint-Tropez and the surrounding area.
Every summer, images of movie stars, oligarchs and models enjoying champagne on yachts and dancing in nightclubs adorn the pages of celebrity magazines with the same “spotted in Saint-Tropez” caption. It’s easy to see the appeal of this once tiny fishing village with its beautiful beaches, luxury yachts, exclusive boutiques, cafes and bars offering a millionaire lifestyle with a twist of the French Riviera.
Embankment of Saint-Tropez near the port near the old town. Boats and yachts off the coast.
There are many restaurants and cafes on the beach. The most famous:
– Le Quai (“Promenade”) – located next to the Tourist Office of Saint-Tropez
– Le Girelier – not far from the fish market
– Le Petite Plage (small beach) – Jean-Jore embankment, Mediterranean restaurant
There are also pancake shops, pizzerias and even a Chinese restaurant.
At night, the embankment is transformed. Music, dancing, nightlife.
However, Saint-Tropez has managed to maintain a quiet charm with its narrow streets, traditional restaurants shaded by vines, and beautiful harbor with wooden masts. Picturesque white sand beaches surround the bay of the same name, while the Provencal countryside rises beyond the city with medieval villages, vineyards and lavender fields stretching over the hills.
Saint-Tropez combines this old-fashioned charm with its status as the preferred destination for the rich and famous. A beautiful Provencal village with an immaculate maze of cobbled streets filled with shops and lovely shuttered cottages, the town is also known for its designer boutiques, glitzy art galleries, world-renowned beachfront and exclusive nightclubs.
But outside of the fashion and pop culture we see today, Saint Tropez has a long and interesting history.
The name Saint-Tropez comes from the name of the Holy Great Martyr Torpes, who was beheaded in the time of Nerō in the year 68 of the 1st century in the area of \u200b\u200bmodern Pisa. According to ancient legend, his body was placed in a small boat along with a rooster and a dog, which left him untouched. The current brought the boat to the shores of Saint-Tropez. The red and white colors of the city’s flag belong to the former Republic of Genoa.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, like many Mediterranean coastal regions, Saint-Tropez was attacked and sacked by pirates and privateers. This went on for a century until the neighboring village of La Garde-Freinet was created, and Saint-Tropez and the surrounding villages became an Arab-Muslim colony for almost 100 years, until it was again attacked in 976.
This was followed by several centuries of French political maneuvers aimed at securing the right of one family or another. In 1470, Baron Grimaud Jean de Cossa and the Genoese lord Raphael de Garezzio signed an agreement allowing 21 families from Genoa (Gênes) to settle in the village, which was destroyed and repopulated after several invasions. They rebuilt the fortifications and assumed responsibility for the security of the region. In return, they were exempted from paying taxes. The city became a small republic with its own navy and army, governed by two consuls and twelve elected councillors. A deep connection with the sea is another character trait of the locals. The glorious military past of the city is particularly illustrated by Pierre André de Suffren de Saint-Tropez, a 13th-century vice-admiral of the royal armies, whose statue stands proudly in the port.
In September 1615, a delegation led by the Japanese samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga (Hasekura Rokuemon Tsunenaga) visited Saint-Tropez, who was heading to Rome, but was forced to stop at this place due to the weather. This may have been the first contact between the French and the Japanese.
The local nobles were responsible for creating an army that repulsed the fleet of Spanish galleons on June 15, 1637. Les Bravades des Espagnols, a local religious and military celebration in honor of the victory of the militia, is still celebrated by locals today. Count René’s promise in 1436 not to tax the citizens of Saint-Tropez was kept until 1672, when Louis XIV Le Roi Soleil revoked it, establishing French control.
During the 19th century, the village was centered on shipbuilding and fishing. At the same time, the village was discovered by artists, intellectuals, such famous as the pointillist Paul Signac. In the 1920s, Saint-Tropez began to attract famous fashion figures such as Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli.
During World War II, the Allied landings on 15 August 1944 began with the invasion of southern France by Operation Dragoon.
After the Second World War, thanks to outstanding visitors from the world of music, cinema and literature, the popularity of the resort is constantly growing. But it was in the 1960s that Saint-Tropez gained its current status and world fame. The 1956 film “Et Dieu.crea la Femme” (“And God Created Woman”) brought worldwide fame to Brigitte Bardot and the village itself.
Since then, Saint-Tropez has become so associated with tanned supermodels that there is even a St. Tropez promoted by “Kate Moss” and the beaches and harbor are regularly spotted by international celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Penelope Cruz. Now Saint-Tropez is one of the most famous villages in the world. Saint-Tropez has a wealth of places to visit, from top-notch art museums to the remains of ancient chapels and famous vineyards.
Port in Saint-Tropez. Yachts and boats have been the favorite vacation of millionaires for many decades.
In the foreground of the photo is the boat “Lezard II” under the American flag. Behind you can see a large yacht flying the British flag (?). On the shore there are small cafes and restaurants where you can have a bite to eat, but the prices are high.
Old Port of Saint-Tropez.
The old port (Vieux Port) is the heart of Saint-Tropez, where the old fishing village first came to life. Visitors are captivated by the idyllic scene of small fishing boats and trendy yachts moored in the harbour, which is surrounded by pastel Mediterranean houses and lively cafes with outdoor terraces. On the wide sidewalk at the water’s edge, artists sell colorful paintings depicting Saint Tropez. One notable establishment along the harbor is the Café Senequier, featuring a bright red façade and awnings.
The old town of Saint-Tropez, known as “La Ponche”, borders the harbor basin of the port and lies below the Citadel (La Citadelle). La Ponche is the historic center of the fishing village and is the most picturesque area of Saint-Tropez. Part of it is a pedestrian zone with narrow, quaint cobbled streets teeming with small shops, upscale boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Tourists can start exploring this lively neighborhood on Rue de la Citadelle, which leads into the center of the Old Town. Turning left onto Rue du Portail-Neuf, you can walk to the 18th century cathedral Eglise de Notre-Dame de l’Assomption (26, Rue Gambetta). This is a temple with a beautiful Italian baroque bell tower.
The main attractions include one of the most impressive structures in Saint-Tropez, which is the Citadelle (Fortress).
Beach holidays, swimming
In Saint-Tropez itself and its environs there are a large number of the most diverse beaches, among which the most famous are Pampelonne, de Tahiti, Bon-Terrassa, Bouillabaisse, Canebier, de Granier and others. See below Application, list, description and testimonials.
In the evening, Saint-Tropez, like all seaside cities, is transformed. Multi-colored lights are turned on, music, festivities, dances are everywhere. Evening Saint-Tropez looks especially beautiful during national holidays and festivals. The main places of festivities are the old port, the embankment and the streets adjacent to it.