Saint Tropez, located at the French Riviera along the Côte d’Azur, is everything that the press has written about. It is all vogue, celebrity and famous with big yachts lined up at the harbour front, beautiful people in beautiful clothes. In a 100 meter stretch of road I couldn’t help but spot three Louis Vuitton bags, two Louis Vuitton sandals, a Balenciaga bag and a D&G outfit. Within three minutes two Lamborghinis, one Porche convertible and one racing red Ferrari drove past! The atmosphere was dizzying as it was electric! Even if Saint Tropez is not as hot as it has been, the ultra rich have their fantastic villas all along the coast. Partying is an ongoing 24/7 affair here as well as everywhere along the coast of Provence.

My husband, JE and myself in a typical small and winding street of Saint Tropez, walking towards the harbour front.
It was August and high summer when I arrived at Saint Tropez. The many narrow streets and alleys that lead up to the harbour front were crowded. Since it is nigh impossible to find a hotel room even remotely near water along the French Riviera at short notice during high season, I recommend booking well in advance if you plan to arrive from land.

The way to visit Saint Tropez is otherwise to arrive and travel along the French Riviera by boat, and with boat I mean any of those private yachts with which the central harbor of Saint Tropez is filled. As for eating out, Saint Tropez suffers from the same problem as any all too crowded and all too popular places eventually fall victim to, over pricing and indifference. No doubt good quality cuisine could be found at many places, not the least the better hotels and some of the venues that offer excellent views of the old port and coastline. But for all but the very rich, this is not the place for pleasant surprises and that special personal touch that makes Italy and France so popular among those interested in culinary delights. A few steps from the quay will lead you to the calmer Place des Lices and and the charming Place aux Herbes. Rue Georges Clemenceau from the quay and inwards is popular for its range of cuisine. One of the better is La Table du Marché.

Nobody goes to Saint Tropez for bargain hunting so I wasn’t too surprised when I bounced into Bla Bla’s, located near Place des Lices, a few doors down from Emilio Pucci’s, and found a real cute woven straw hat at €120.
An opportune shot of a charming street in St. Tropez, with the horizon of both sea and sky laying yonder.
An opportune shot of a charming street in St. Tropez, with the horizon of both sea and sky laying yonder.
Ignoring the rush of the crowd, one is seductively and irresistibly coaxed by Saint Tropez’s historical surroundings to discover the genuine heartbeat of the village. For me, the true charm of Saint Tropez lies in its humble proximities, its narrow, slow winding alleys, its cobbled streets and terracotta buildings that reflects its essence as a small fishing borough. The place boasts 17 historical or listed sites, monuments and listed natural sites and when there, be sure to observe the facades of the houses along the harbour front, the Citadelle and its churches, the gardens of houses belonging to its inhabitants, windows, doors, doorframes, wells and how scooters are the main mode of transport for this village.

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