Description: If you’ve only ever heard talk about St Tropez, but never visited, we think you’ll be in for a surprise.  It was nothing like we expected it to be (we were thinking flash high-rise condo’s of the rich and famous).  Instead it’s a beautiful, small medieval old town with narrow, picturesque streets, curious little walkways and exclusive shopping boutiques and art galleries.  The harbour is full of the yachts of the super-rich, and the harbour quays feature artists painting and selling their works of art.

Location: 40 miles west of Nice.

General Info: Office de Tourisme website.

Our recommendations:  Don’t waste time getting here for the beach – it is not the best in the area by a long way. The best beaches here are Tahiti, Plage des Graniers, Tropezina and Tabou.  A boat trip to the Hyeres islands is worth considering.

For the children: Try reaching St Tropez by ferry from Ste Maxime – it misses out on the worst of the traffic, the kids will appreciate the variety and you get a great view of the town as you approach it from the sea.


Here’s more information to make the most of your visit to the Cote d’Azur: