It was 1956 when the low-key fishing village of Saint Tropez became big news as the location of sizzling French film ‘Et Dieu Créa la Femme’ (‘And God Created Woman’) starring Brigitte Bardot. Almost overnight, Saint Tropez became a byword for luxury and hedonism, a reputation it maintains – and deserves – today.
But Saint Tropez holidays aren’t just about glitz and glamour – the area is packed with fantastic art and architecture, extraordinary wild walks, exceptional shopping and top-class eating and drinking. Of course, the ritzy high life is a major draw, and should be enjoyed to the full – whether it’s rubbing shoulders with the fashion set strolling past luxury yachts, partying in a cool bar until dawn or donning your best swimsuit for sunbathing on one of the gorgeous beaches. Holidays to Saint Tropez are all about spoiling yourself, so what are you waiting for?
Try a ‘Tropezienne’
Created for Ms Bardot herself by a local pastry chef while she was filming in town, the ‘tarte Tropezienne’ is a delicious sweet brioche sandwich filled with orange-blossom cream.
Start with an ‘apero’
To fit in, dress to the nines and kick things off with an early evening drink on the harbour. From there, it’s up to you to choose how many glittering bars and clubs to head to.
Go to a gallery
Saint Tropez is home to the oldest art museum in France – the Musée de l’Annonciade – but it also has an exceptional contemporary art scene to discover, too.