St Tropez, Cote d’Azur, South of France
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.