Well, Saint Tropez is a fabulous place to visit! BUT, nightmarishly busy in summer. Personally, I would not go there in July and August. I love to visit Spring and Autumn. Here are 5 of my favourite things to do and I hope you enjoy them. My Saint Tropez 5 top tips.
- 1. visit the Market
- Stroll around the port, buy Les Tropezienne sandals, a basket and floaty dresses
- Lunch at La Bouillabaise Beach
- Afternoon at Pampellone Beaches
- Wine tasting and wine buying.
If you are going to Saint Tropez for a day in July and August, it is a very good idea to park your car in Saint Maxime and hop on a ferry to Saint Tropez. It is just a short boat ride and will save you HOURS in the traffic queue on the road to Saint Tropez.
If you are bravely visiting in high season here are some events in Saint Tropez:
What is on in St Tropez 2019:
- Bastille Day 14 July musical events. Fireworks at the port on evening of 13 July and 14 July Pampellone beach. Dances and parades in the village.
- Johnny Hallyday Exhibition 15 June 2019 to 15 July 2020
- Classical nights at Chateau de la Mouette 3 to 14 August 2019
- Les Voiles – Yacht regatta 28 September to 6 October 2019
Top Tip 1: Visit The Market
Saint Tropez Market, Saint Tropez 5 top tips
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. You will 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.
Tip: Saint Tropez Market Day is Tuesday Morning
Photo: St Tropez Market, Saint Tropez
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.
PHOTO: Saint Tropez Market
Top Tip 2: Saint Tropez Port: 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. The Tourist office is just around the corner and they are very helpful to tell you what is on and where to go.
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. Refreshed, you can do a bit of shopping. Stroll around the little streets and find those classic St Tropezienne sandals (Shop on the Port, I can never resist!). Little boutiques full of gorgeous summer clothes, perfumeries and all the top designer shops too.
A Piscine at Senequier, Saint Tropez Port
Top Tip 3: Lunch at La Bouillabaisse Beach, Saint Tropez
This is set on a lovely beach looking over Saint Tropez.Look out for 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.
Dogs are allowed in the restaurant but not on the beach.
Le Bouillabaisse Beach and Restaurant
There is a great beach here too.
Tip No. 4: Yape Yape Restaurant, Pampellone Beaches, Route des Tamaris, Ramatuelle
Visit Ramatuelle. It is a short drive from Saint Tropez (Take the fitrst roundabout outside Saint Tropez turn left) and totally breathtaking beaches in Pampellone bay, plus continue along the road to reach the charming village of Ramatuelle.
The Ramatuelle beaches all have little beach bars, sunbeds and get quieter and wilder as you head further away from Saint Tropez.
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
End of Season in Saint Tropez
Saint Tropez completely closes down in winter and all of the shops have big sales before the official closing. The dates for the Grande Braderie are 25 to 28 October 2019. So, if you are still in Saint tropez for that you can grab a bargain!
Tourist Information: http://www.sainttropeztourisme.com