Yape Yape at Pampellone Beach

Well, Saint Tropez is a fabulous place to visit!  BUT, nightmarishly busy in summer.  Personally, I would not go there in July and August.  Here are 5 of my favourite things to do and I hope you enjoy them. My Saint Tropez 5 top tips.

Top Tip 1:  Visit The Market

Saint Tropez Market

Saint Tropez 5 top tips. Who doesn’t love a weekly market right?  It is always fun to browse around this eclectic mix.  Some stall holders have been at the market for many a long year and are great characters.

I know, you will find a lot of the usual tourist tat but there are some gems here.  I always like to buy the local fresh fruit and vegetable in season.  The Cherry season is always a special treat, plus local wines, olives and Provencal goodies.

St Tropez Market

How about a hat to keep the sun off? My top tip is to get there early! Arrive and have a coffee and breakfast and then browse the market.

Saint Tropez Market

Top Tip 2:  Then I like to have breakfast at Senequier on the port and then head to the market.  Yes, I know!  It is outrageously expensive ….. but it is an occasional treat.

Senequier on the Port, Saint Tropez

It is always buzzing and has some good things to eat and drink.  My favourite is a Piscine, 15 euros but HUGE.

A Piscine at Senequier, Saint Tropez Port

Top Tip 3: Lunch at La Bouillabaisse Beach, Saint Tropez

http://www.labouillabaisse-plage.com

You will see this on the left as you drive into Saint Tropez, by the roundabout.  A lovely spot for lunch on the most perfect beach with great views and good food.  A laid back and chilled out atmosphere just makes it a memorable lunch.

Le Bouillabaisse Beach and Restaurant

There is a great beach here too.

Tip No. 4: Yape Yape Restaurant, Pampellone Beaches, Route des Tamaris, Ramatuelle

I love this cute little beach restaurant, the people who run it a very friendly too!  It is slap bang on the naturist beach, which is my favourite beach needless to say.  However, you will find everything here, you can take your dogs, and there are plenty of people wearing swimwear too. Gorgeous beach, laid back vibe and decent food.  What is not to like?  Give it a try and tell me if you don’t prefer it to spending absurd amounts of money with a load of wannabes on Nikki Beach.

Pampellone Beach, by Yape Yape Restaurant

Enjoying the beach life.  Yes, this is a naturist stretch of Ramamtuelle beach, but not everyone takes their kit off!

Me on the beach at Ramatuelle

Yape Yape Restaurant

Tip No.5:  Wine Tasting

I love a glass, or two or …. well, maybe three! Chilled Provencal Rose wine, particularly served as a Piscine is heavenly.  Here, you can go on a little wine tasting tour and sample and buy a case or two.  My favourite tour is to continue on the road to the little village or Ramatuelle, after you leave the Pampellone beaches.  Basically turn left instead of turning right back to Saint Tropez.

Inland from Saint Tropez

You could stop off for a little look around the village and then continue along the road and stop off at the wineries en route.  There are several and all are well sign posted, including the famous Minuty vineyard. So there you have my Saint Tropez 5 top tips.  Let me know if you have any new discoveries.

 

The famous Port of Saint Tropez

Tourist Information: http://www.sainttropeztourisme.com

 

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Photo: I’m about to take a dip in the sea. 

Skinny Dipping in The South of France. I’ll tell you which are my favourite beaches.

IMG_3365Baie de Pampellone, Saint Tropez. View from the naturist beach

The best naturist beaches in the South of France. Who loves skinny dipping in the sea?  Is there any better feeling than being at one with nature and stripping off on a hot day?  I’m going to tell you about the best naturist beaches in the South of France and where to avoid.

You have to be careful which beaches to visit in the South of France.  There is a naturist beach in Eze but it is a beach mostly enjoyed by gay men.  I would avoid this beach unless this is the kind of beach you like.

SAINT TROPEZ

Photo: Pampellone Bay, Ramatuelle

Let me know if you have any beaches to add to this list!  I would love to hear of new discoveries.

However, I love the naturist beach at Saint Tropez which is full of fellow naturists and you will not receive any unwelcome attention and it is not sleazy.  All different nationalities and ages happily enjoying the sunshine in a totally natural way.  This is my favourite beach and great restaurants too!

IMG_3366Saint Tropez Ramutuelle Beaches

Follow the Ramutuelle coast road out of Saint Tropez for a few kilometres until you see a sign on the left for the beaches, turn left.  Drive until you see the sign above and take the right turn.  You will come to a huge car park which costs 4.50 euros for the day.  Park your car and walk straight onto the beach, it is flat and just a few metres away.

Photo: Freddie and Zarya on the Naturist beach

The beach is allows dogs on leads, so Freddie and Zarya love to visit too!

IMG_3370Yachts mooring in Baie de Pamplona

They wonderful thing is that there is a lovely mix of naturists, families picnicking and clothed sunbathers so there is a lovely,  cool atmosphere and it is very laid back.  Take your pick from several little beach cafes and restaurants along this stretch of beach.  The water is sparkling, clean and very beautiful in the Baie.

Photo: Restaurant Yape Yape

Then you can have lunch right on the beach at a sweet little beach shack restaurant called Yape.

Photo: Yape Restaurant, Ramatuelle Beaches

Might just see you there!

SAINT RAPHAEL:

Plage Villa Dani

Another favourite spot is on the road between Theoule sur Mer and Agay.  This is the most stunning coastline with gorgeous little coves amongst the red rock of l’Esterel, drive along and take your pick of beaches that will not be crowded even in high season.  This is because of the accessibility.  You will need a car or get on a bus at Theoule sur Mer.

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L’Esterel red rock along the coastline

The beach is a little tricky to find.  It is Cap Roux Naturist Beach, Route de Trays, 83700 Saint Raphael – Agay.  Park at Cap Roux car park and walk along the road until Villa Dani bust and you will see the steps down to the beach.

photo 4Empty beach even in July!

photo 3Saint Raphael to Agay Beaches

If you do not like the idea of a naturist beach, there are countless little beaches and coves all along this stretch of coast road.  Look out for the blue signs and steps down to the beaches.

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My Favourite Naturist Beach ever? The small island of Formentera near Ibiza has the best, most beautiful naturist beaches!

Helpful Information

Tourist Office Saint Tropez http://www.sainttropeztourisme.com

Saint Raphael Tourism: http://www.saint-raphael.com

Where to eat on the beach in Saint Tropez: There are lots of beach restaurants to choose on the beach.  My favourite is Yape Yape on the naturist beach.  Friendly, not expensive and very chilled atmosphere.   A slightly longer stroll towards Saint Tropez is  Club55, 43 Blvd Patch, Ramatuelle http://www.club55.fr

Where to stay: How about renting a villa or an apartment nearby http://www.abritel.fr

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