2 unforgettable days in Saint-Tropez : from the most famous beaches to hidden addresses
From the Places des Lices to the Citadelle, from the beaches of La Ponche to the Salins, here is an example of an unforgettable weekend getaway we did around the famous seaside resort of the French Riviera.
Eccentric and ostentatious for some, Saint-Tropez is also a fishermen’s village that has preserved the remnants of an authentic soul. In spring or early autumn, its true self is revealed, a secret and exclusive place, where simplicity and discretion take over. We will leave the big shopping streets where luxury meets tourist traps to explore the narrow streets and residential areas where the sweet smell of holidays is spread.
DAY 1 : THE RHYTHM OF THE TROPÉZIENS
Let's get down to business with a breakfast in the legendary café-restaurant, the Sénéquier. Enjoy the calm of the port and watch the city slowly wake up. Sit down at 8am on the famous red chairs with a glass of iced chocolate, the house speciality, you won't be disappointed.
Continue up Rue Georges Clemenceau to Place des Lices, where the country's most famous Provencal market takes place every Tuesday and Saturday morning.
A ten-minute walk from the Place des Lices, the Graniers beach is home to a charming wooden hut on the water's edge. Why not go there for lunch with your feet in the sand. This place has one of the most beautiful bays on the Var coast. Facing the crystal-clear waters, you can enjoy fish, salads, or grilled meats. Deckchairs are at your disposal to make the most of the setting far from the bustle of the port.
One last dive in the Baie des Canoubiers before putting on your running shoes. It's time to discover the cultural and historical heritage of Saint-Tropez. Head for the Citadelle. On the way, take the time to stop at the marine cemetery, where several famous Saint-Tropez personalities such as Roger Vadim or Eddie Barclay are buried.
Climb the hill and enter the fortress headquarters. Its ramparts played an important military role until the Second World War. Today, visitors have an incredible view of Saint-Tropez, Sainte-Maxime, the Maures and Cap Estérel. The peace and quiet and the unobstructed view of the bay are impressive.
Then walk back along the rue du Commandant Guichard to admire the famous bell tower of the Notre Dame de L'Assomption church, the symbol of the town.
Food lovers can stop for refreshments at Barbarac, the city's most popular ice cream parlour, with its homemade sorbets and yoghurt ice creams!
Interested in art? Go to the Musée de l'Annonciade, centred around Paul Signac and some of the great avant-garde painters such as Matisse, Marquet, Seurat or Braque.
A little further on, don't hesitate, make a stop and visit the incredible Dany Lartigue butterfly museum. In a traditional house, the artist exhibits no less than 35,000 specimens, including many rare species such as the Black Apollo of Mercantour.
Aperitif and dinner
It’s time for an aperitif!
As you enter the darkened lobby of the Hôtel Ermitage, you are heading for one of the most sumptuous terraces in Saint-Tropez. At the top of the citadel, the TIGrr bar-restaurant is one of the best places to enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset.
For a local dinner, head to Chez Camille, an authentic address since 1912, handed down from father to son. Located on the beach of Bonne Terrasse (Ramatuelle), this restaurant is known throughout the region for its bouillabaisse, a fish soup from the waters of the bay.
JOUR 2 : SHOPPING ET DÉTENTE
Start slowly with a hearty breakfast at the Café de Paris on the quay in Saint-Tropez.
This morning's programme: shopping session!
In addition to the big luxury houses, Saint-Tropez is above all a fishing village full of traditional houses. For customisable Tropezian sandals, head to Rondini, a family-run workshop that has been a must since 1927.
Once you've finished shopping, you can stroll through the shopping streets with their colourful houses. Take a diversion to the beach of the pretty Place de l'Ormeau, Rue des Feniers du Portail Neuf and Rue Miséricorde. You won't be disappointed.
Before leaving for lunch, go through the Place aux Herbes. Treat yourself to a plate of seafood and take a look at the small alleyway that hosts the fish market.
If you want to enjoy a festive atmosphere, head to the beaches of Pampelonne, known for its many lively restaurants.
Looking for more peace and quiet?
Cabane Bambou, Loulou, Jardin Tropezina and L'Orangerie stand out from the other beaches of Pampelonne. The quietness of the place and their private beaches will allow you to relax for a while in the afternoon.
Moreover, the beach of the salines and its turquoise water is made for you! It is one of the only beaches in Saint-Tropez where you can have lunch with your feet in the water. The staff is pleasant and available, a guaranteed haven of peace. Don't forget to book!
Before leaving, join the boulistes on the mythical Place des Lices for a game of pétanque. A last postcard immortalizing these two days rich in discoveries.
Back in Grimaud, it's finally time for a piece of tarte tropézienne with its creamy brioche pastry and orange blossom custard. Taste the refined version of the creator of this premium dessert, Alexandre Micka. Leave with a head full of emotions and memories.
WHERE TO EAT ?
Les Graniers, 1 plage des Graniers, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Open from May to September. Tel: 04 94 97 13 43.
Chez Camille, Résidence Cap Nioulargue, Route de Camarat, 83350 Ramatuelle. Tel: 04 98 12 68 98.
La Bouillabaisse, Départementale 98A - Quartier de la Bouillabaisse, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Open all year round for lunch, and in summer continuously from midday to 2am. Tel: 04 94 97 54 00.
Salama, 1 chemin des Conquettes, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Open every day from April to October from 8pm to 11:30pm. Tel: 04 94 96 52 93.
DolceVa, Pan Deï Palais, 52 rue Gambetta, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Open every day from 7.30pm to 11pm. Tel: 04 94 17 71 71.
Le Patio, Hôtel Le Yaca, 1 boulevard d'Aumale, 83 990 Saint-Tropez. Open every day from May to October from 8pm to 11pm. Tel: 04 94 55 81 00.
La plage des Salins, Route des Salins, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Open every day from April to October for lunch from noon. Tel: 04 94 97 15 66.
Cabane Bambou, Route de Bonne Terrasse, 83350 Ramatuelle. Open every day for lunch from May to October and in July and August for dinner. Tel: 04 94 79 84 13.
Loulou, Plage de Pampelonne, Chemin des Tamaris, 83350 Ramatuelle. Open every day from May to October from 11:30am to 8pm. Tel: 04 94 79 80 04.
La Tarte Tropézienne, 1651 Route du Littoral, 83310 Grimaud. Open every day from 6.30 am to 7.30 pm. Tel: 04 94 96 62 97.
GO OUT FOR A DRINK
Hôtel Ermitage - Bar-restaurant Le TIGrr, 14 avenue Paul Signac, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Open every day from 6pm to 2am. Tel: 04 94 81 08 10.
Les Caves du Roy, 27 avenue Foch, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Open from 10pm to 5am. Tel: 04 94 56 68 28.
VIP Room, Quai de l' Epi, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Open every day from June to September, from 00h30 to 5h. Tel: 06 77 07 77 07.
Gaïo, 4 Rue du 11 Novembre 1918, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Open every day from April to October from 8pm to 6am.
Noto, 5 place des Lices, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Open every day from 7pm to 3am. Tel: 07 88 17 65 31.
Pablo, place des Lices, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Open Thursday to Tuesday from 8pm to 1am. Tel: 04 94 97 11 33.
Sénéquier, 29 quai Jean Jaurès, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Open every day from 7.30am to 11pm. Tel: 04 94 97 20 20.
Barbarac, 2 rue Général Allard, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Open every day from 11.30am to 11pm. Tel: 04 94 97 67 83.
Le bar de l'Hôtel Sube, 15 quai du Bailli de Suffren, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Tel: 04 94 97 30 04.
Marcel Cavazza, 29Bis Rue Georges Clemenceau, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 9pm. Tel: 04 94 97 83 53.
Place des Lices market, every Tuesday and Saturday from 8am to 1pm.
Rondini, 18 rue Georges Clemenceau, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Open every day from May to September from 9.30am to 8pm (Tuesday to Saturday the rest of the year). Tel: 04 94 97 19 55.
Marinette, 30 rue Georges Clemenceau, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Tel: 04 94 56 23 17.
Galeries Tropéziennes, 82 rue Gambetta, 83990 Saint-Tropez. Tel: 04 94 97 02 21.