Saint-Tropez, a trendy seaside resort of the French Riviera, located in the Var department, makes you dream with its long sandy beaches. The city is one of the most popular jet set tourist destinations in the world. Beyond being a destination renowned for its idyllic setting, its stores and for inspiring many artists and attracting great celebrities, Saint-Tropez enjoys a remarkable heritage.
Art is celebrated in the city’s museums including Saint-Tropez’s maritime museum, the Annonciade Museum, and the Gendarmerie and Cinema Museum. Take advantage of your holidays to stroll through the picturesque alleys of the city, you will appreciate all its Provencal village charm. You cannot miss the colorful bell tower of the parish church of Saint-Tropez. Built in the Italian Baroque style, it has become the symbol of the city.
The bay of Saint-Tropez is one of the most beautiful in France. It offers a privileged natural setting for the practice of water sports. Among the most famous beaches, the Pampelonne beach is undoubtedly the most frequented in the city. Nature lovers will be able to explore the hiking trails that crisscross the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, an exceptional area to discover. Like many towns and villages on the coast, such as Ramatuelle, Gassin, Cogolin, Grimaud or Sainte-Maxime, Saint-Tropez is no exception to the rule and reveals its charm through the colorful and scented stalls of local producers. On market days, you can take the opportunity to meet the locals and taste the specialties of the region such as aioli, pistou soup, pissaladière, tarte tropézienne…
Gendarmerie and Cinema Museum
The Gendarmerie and Cinema Museum has become an emblematic place after the shooting of the movies of The gendarme series. The building originally belonged to the Gendarmerie Brigade of Saint-Tropez between 1879 and 2003. The exhibition allows you to discover the movies shot on the peninsula as well as the professions related to the cinema. The museum aims to be interactive and fun, you can settle down at the police office, get in old cars, etc. The collection highlights the anecdotes of actors, cult objects and unpublished testimonials.
Château de la Moutte
Listed as a historical monument, the Château de la Moutte is part of the heritage of Saint-Tropez. It was built by the Martin de Roquebrune family before being bought and renovated by Émile Ollivier. After being bequeathed to the commune, the estate has been open to the public during the Heritage Days and in summer during the cultural festival of music and dance. The property extends to the sea and is composed of a botanical park.
Among the most visited historical and cultural monuments of the Var department, Saint-Tropez Citadel is a reference. Dating from the 17th century, the building offers a breathtaking view of the bay. The monument consists of a keep, an entrance and bastions and was used at the time for the defense of the city. Today, you can visit the donjon to discover Saint-Tropez’s modern and living maritime museum. The exhibitions recount the daily life of the men and women who built the city and famous sailors such as Bailli de Suffren, General Allard or Hippolyte Bouchard.
The Annonciade Museum is a real tourist attraction in Saint-Tropez. It was installed in the Notre-Dame de l’Annonciade Chapel built in 1510 by the confraternity of White Penitents. Today, the museum presents various works: paintings, drawings and sculptures. The paintings exhibited in the museum belong essentially to the Pointillism, Les Nabis and Fauvism art movements. Different artists such as Derain, Matisse, and Signac have their works exhibited there. The museum attracts many visitors every year.
Maison des Papillons
La Maison des Papillons (the Butterfly House) in Saint-Tropez is the work of a passionate amateur, the painter Dany Lartigue. The latter has painted landscapes on which he has pinned different species of butterflies. A visit to the museum allows you to discover a collection of nearly 35,000 butterflies from France, but also exotic species, little known or even endangered. Some specimens are particularly rare, such as the Mercantour Black Apollo. In order to guarantee the museum’s durability, the artist has donated his house-museum to the town. The exhibition is scientifically and esthetically rich.
- Tourist Office of Saint-Tropez: https://www.sainttropeztourisme.com/fr/
- Road service: A8 Highway (from Aix-en-Provence or the Italian border)
- Air access: Toulon-Hyères Airport (1 hour)
- Railroad access: Saint-Raphaël-Valescure station (1 hour), Les Arcs – Draguignan station (1 hour)
- Sea access: port de Saint-Tropez