Before Brigitte Bardot visited in the 1950’s to star in Et Dieu Créa la Femme (And God Created Woman), Saint Tropez was once a quiet fishing village. It wasn’t until after her appearance that Saint Tropez became a jet set favourite for many international tourists and celebrities. Not only does its Mediterranean water sparkle, the multimillionaire pound yachts moored up in Vieux Port catch the eyes of many. Although it is very busy and prices steep during July and August, this is the time to visit if you want to see Saint Tropez at its most glamorous. During this time, A-listers tack in by the yachtful for villa soirées in Le Club 55 on Pampelonne beach and Byblos hotel’s Les Caves du Roy nightclub. With a very lively nightlife, some visitors might prefer days spent poolside, enjoying a leisurely lunch or celebrity spotting from a beach or on board a luxury yacht. Saint Tropez is also accustomed to fashion having hosted the Chanel fashion parade in spring 2010. For those fashionistas, simple light
weight summer fabrics are always a winner. As this scene isn’t for everyone, others might want to explore the historic charms of the village during low season when the weather is just as pleasant during May, June and September. Saint Tropez remains a Provencal village filled with history and tradition where everyday life is most charming. After exploring the old fishing quarter of La Ponche, head to the old town where you can wander the open-air markets for antiques, splash out in upmarket boutiques, admire modern art at Musée de l’Annonciade and stop for a drink in one of the overflowing restaurants on Place des Lices square. If you are looking for a good picture, the views from the 16th century citadel are stunning. Although many consider Saint Tropez a playground for the wealthy, anyone can enjoy an afternoon at a seafront café, drinking local wine and soaking up the Cote d’Azur sun.