St. Tropez, France
St. Tropez is a charming, old world community located on the French Riviera that was established in 68 AD. Today, its port is a gathering place for much of the world’s most luxurious yachts, celebrities and beautiful people shopping, dining and people watching. Designer shops such as Hermes, Ferrari, Chanel and other well-known names line the narrow cobblestone streets side by side with glace (ice cream) shops, cafes, bakeries, souvenir shops and locally owned stores. Luxury cars, motorcycles and cyclists zip along the curving streets so watch where you walk and cross the streets. In summer you’ll see tenders motoring from cruise ships, bringing passengers to spend a day in this picturesque town. As you walk along the rocky promenade towards town, you’ll want to take note of yacht after yacht moored alongside. Children and adults alike will be seen riding on the small carousel near the dock. Don’t miss going into the local port authority/maritime office – take note of the large Rolex clock above the door, marvel at its rocky structure and enjoy the beautiful marble sculptures located inside. You will also find information about yachts, charters and information about all things marine and the St. Tropez harbour. Towards the end of World War II, US forces, under the direction of General Patch landed on its beaches. This community of only about 6,000 year-round residents, is much like an island because the only way in/out of the area, is by one highway.
Activities include most water sports, boating, helicopter tours, wine tasting and fine dining along with golf (3 18 hole golf courses are in the area), tennis, polo, cycling, hiking and horseback riding. Festivals are scheduled from spring through fall and Sunday (and some Wednesdays) is market day. Shop for beautifully hand crafted Jacquard rugs and look for the local basket maker who has been creating his unique baskets for 50+ years. There is a local sailing company with summer classes just for children, a water park with several giant slides and a tourist train offering hour-long rides April to October.
You’ll find chapels, museums and monuments throughout the area. Check with the local tourism office for days and hours each attraction is open, or check with visitgolfe.com
Accommodations range from 3 Star hotels to luxurious 5 Star properties. Both the Leading Hotels of the World and the Relais and Chateaux luxury hotel groups have properties here. There are also B and B’s and villas which are terrific for families and groups. Keep in mind, this is a place with a hectic summer season and you’ll need reservations way in advance. Make your dinner reservations early also.
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