How many St Tropez blog posts and videos have I shared since launching my blog a few years ago? I don’t even know but I can’t help but to return here every year and continue to share with you one of my favorite destinations in the world. I have been coming to this town on the French Riviera for many years and I hope my pictures and instagram stories have inspired you to take a trip here as well.
For those of you hearing about this town for the first time, here is a little background.
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Nice, in the Vardepartment of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France.
Saint-Tropez is located on the French Riviera. It was a military stronghold and an unassuming fishing village until the beginning of the 20th century. It was the first town on this coast to be liberated during World War II (as part of Operation Dragoon). After the war, it became an internationally known seaside resort, renowned principally because of the influx of artists of the French New Wave in cinema and the Yé-yémovement in music. It later became a resort for the European and American jet set and a goal for tourists in search of a little Provençal authenticity and an occasional celebrity sighting.
Now that you know a little bit about this town, I’ll tell you how to get here! You can fly directly to Nice and take a boat, car or bus to St Tropez. Helicopter is also an option but is much pricier but can save some precious time during peak season. There is one road going into this town, so in the morning and during the Summer expect to hit a lot of traffic. There are no direct flights to St Tropez, but Nice is not too far away. Another option if visiting France is to fly to Paris and spend a few days there then take the train to Nice and then make your way here.
So now that you’ve found out how to get here, the question is where to stay. Europeans are unlike Americans and they book their vacations way in advance. Their planning ahead combined with the town being very small means hotel reservations are limited and I strongly advise to plan ahead, especially if visiting in late June through the end of August when it is peak season for tourists.
I am staying at Byblos Hotel and I booked my stay here almost six months before I arrived. They just celebrated their 50th Anniversary and in their five decades have become a staple of the French Riviera.
The Byblos-Palace hotel is a luxury location in the heart of the village of Saint-Tropez, nestled between the Citadel and the “Place des Lices”. The hotel opens from April to October for the greater enjoyment of guests coming from all around the world. The region’s casual and cozy lifestyle is reflected in the 91 rooms and suites of the hotel.
Unlike many hotels in France, Byblos has a pool and a fitness room which is very hard to find. As well as air conditioning, which if you have visited Europe in the Summer before you may have found out too late after booking your hotel and have had some uncomfortable nights of sleep, I am a BIG a/c fan.
My Mom and I called Byblos home for nearly a week and it was the perfect base for our vacation. The hotel is just steps away from some of my favorite shops and restaurants and the only time we got in the taxi was to go to the beach at Club 55 and Bagatelle and to go to The Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show. Other than that, Mom and I walked everyday at least three miles around the town.
Here are some recommendations for what to do, where to eat and where to catch some sun.
- the pool at Byblos if you are a hotel guest
- Club 55 – you need to bring your own towel or rent one there
- Bagatelle Beach – call ahead to book a chair
- Nikki Beach – this is not actually on the beach, so you will be by the pool near the beach
- Plage de la Ponche – this is a rocky/sandy beach area in the port and is free and public
- Dior des Lices
- Bagatelle – first seating for food, the second seating is if you want to party
- Club 55 – be sure to book ahead of time, stay for drinks and live music
- Nikki Beach – this also turns into a party
- Rivea at Byblos
- Le Tigrr – food isn’t the best but you can’t beat the view, opt for sunset drinks
- L’Opera – amazing food with a performance
- There is a sushi restaurant next to L’Opera, I can’t think of the name but if you walk by it you will see! I am trying to google but no luck – sorry not to be of help here
- Brasserie des Arts – another restaurant that turns to party at night. Be careful when ordering because fish may be charged by grams and is not the price on the menu ask prior to ordering what the total will be
- Villa Romana – a fun performance restaurant with dancing and costumes
Now that you have my guide for where to eat, see some sun, get drinks and where to stay. I’ll share with you some pictures from my trip. I hope if you plan a visit to St Tropez you will make many amazing memories and come back for years to come just like me.