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For sun-worshipers who flock here, it’s all about the beaches, but there is more to this celebrated hot spot of the French Riviera than bronzed bodies, even if many of them do belong to celebrities. A 16th-century citadel with three even older towers – the Guillaume Portalet and Jarlier towers — overlook the old port area, which has its own share of historic architecture. Large enough to have a life of its own beyond tourism, St. Tropez has a colorful daily food and flower market on Place aux Herbes and lively cafes filled with locals on Place des Lices. Not far from the old port, Annonciade Chapel houses the city’s art museum, filled with ...

For sun-worshipers who flock here, it’s all about the beaches, but there is more to this celebrated hot spot of the French Riviera than bronzed bodies, even if many of them do belong to celebrities. A 16th-century citadel with three even older towers – the Guillaume Portalet and Jarlier towers — overlook the old port area, which has its own share of historic architecture. Large enough to have a life of its own beyond tourism, St. Tropez has a colorful daily food and flower market on Place aux Herbes and lively cafes filled with locals on Place des Lices. Not far from the old port, Annonciade Chapel houses the city’s art museum, filled with works by the Fauves and other artists, including Matisse, Seurat, Utrillo, Bonnard, Braque, Signac and Derain. Inside the citadel, the Naval Museum recalls the days when St. Tropez was a maritime powerhouse. The unusual Maison des Papillons, a butterfly museum, has thousands of specimens from all over the world, as well as art reflecting butterfly designs and patterns. Nightlife spills over onto the promenade above the longest and most famous of the town’s beaches, Pampelonne. During the day it is a safe place for swimming, with a gentle slope into the sea, and its bars, clubs and restaurants are alive far into the night. A scenic coastal walking path or a shuttle bus leads from the old port to this 3-mile stretch of sand.

Juliette Rogers
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Juliette Rogers is coauthor of the guidebooks Eating New England: A Food Lovers Guide to Eating Locally, Secret Providence and Newport, and two Thomas Cook guides on France.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Saint-Tropez is located on the French Riviera. A Provençal town, 104 km (65 mi) to the east of Marseille, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France.
  • Language: French
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikitravel | Yahoo Travel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Winter temperatures are often mild enough to make sitting in outdoor cafes pleasant; avoid August, when most of Paris descends to fill every bed and table in town.