Saint-Tropez is part of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez area which comprises twelve towns in the Massif des Maures. Situated in the southeast of the department of the Var in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region, the village envoys a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and mild yet damp winters.
Saint Tropez became, in spite of itself, an illustrious town. Now famous throughout the world, this charming village's history begins in 599 BC. Nestling on the shore of the Mediterranean, it was part of a string of mooring stations developed by the Phocaeans. In the middle of the 2nd century BC, the Romans colonized the peninsula of Saint-Tropez. The construction of houses, farms and vineyards would multiply until the 2nd century AD. The village experienced the chaos and destruction of the many invasions that Western Europe was subjected to until the fall of the Roman Empire.
Saint-Tropez was first and foremost a fishing village; its history is greatly linked to the sea. A vast trade in wine and olive oil developed and its products were exported in great quantities. Life was oriented around fishing, coastal and long-distance navigation and dockyards.
In the 19th and 20th century, a wave of artists, painters, writers and filmmakers settled in Saint-Tropez, and made it their place to meet, party and find inspiration. Saint-Tropez turned into an artistic and cultural spot that allowed it to turn, quite naturally, to recreation and pleasure boating and become an essential destination for travellers from around the world.
Port of Saint Tropez
Yachts in port in Saint-Tropez
The bow of the boat the sharp to Saint Tropez
Saint Tropez Regatta
Plage de la Ponche in Saint-Tropez
For its historical significance, most of Saint-Tropez is protected. It's architectural heritage is admirable and boasts 17 listed sites and monuments, such as its buildings on the port, the old port, the Citadel and its neighbourhood, the Ponche quarter, the Notre Dame de l'Assomption parish church and its bell tower built in 1634, the Sainte-Anne, the Miséricorde, the Saint-Tropez and the Annonciade chapels, the Vasserot washhouse and its fountain, the Jarlier Tower, the château and the Moutte Park… all in a maze of small streets and squares in warm colours.
Its natural heritage is just as fabulous with six magnificent beaches along its twelve kilometres of shoreline that attract visitors from all horizons. The beaches, vineyards, pine forests and salt marshes provide a natural setting for the village.
For a weekend or a vacation, in summer or off-season, savour the authentic life of the village, the animated Place des Lices and the markets and their regional produce with that particular flavour of Provence.
In the area around Saint-Tropez
Ramatuelle: Mythical and authentic village
the Festival of Ramatuelle, the Mills of Paillas
Gassin: Magnificent hilltop village – listed among the most beautiful villages of France with panoramic views over the Gulf
The orientation table of Gassin
The Citadel of Saint Tropez
Annonciade Museum in Saint Tropez
Saint Tropez - Fishing Boat
Luxury boats in Saint Tropez
Vineyards, beaches, pine forests in Saint-Tropez