7 must-do things to do in Saint-Tropez

Visiting Saint-Tropez: What are the best things to do and see in the jet-set village par excellence, welcoming stars from all over the world during the summer season?

Ah, Saint-Tropez… Famous the world over for being frequented in summer by hundreds of millionaires and stars, this international jet-set mecca is nonetheless a small, typically Provençal village, with its traditional architecture intact. Contrary to what you might think, its many tourist attractions are not necessarily reserved for the wealthiest of bank accounts. In fact, we’re going to prove just that: it’s perfectly possible to enjoy a stay in Saint-Tropez and find out what to do without necessarily living on a yacht or the third floor of an architect-designed villa!

The commune has many assets and is set in a privileged natural environment: the bay is one of the most beautiful in France, and Provence seems to open out onto the Mediterranean Sea! Nautical activities, sightseeing, cultural or sporting itineraries? Whatever your ambitions when you come to discover this pearl of the Var coastline, there’s no doubt that you’ll find what you’re looking for in this commune like no other.

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1. Discover the spectacular citadel of Saint-Tropez

Citadelle de Saint-Tropez

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Why not kick off your tour with a visit to the citadel of Saint-Tropez? This is a « pre-Vauban » fortified complex dating back to the early 17th century!

It’s a great place to get some fresh air, or even to get some culture if you’re looking for something to do in Saint-Tropez. The citadel includes a museum – the Musée d’histoire maritime de Saint-Tropez – which traces the town’s geostrategic importance over the centuries in nautical and military terms. For a modest fee, it demonstrates the town’s influence on neighboring cities, which was undoubtedly the source of its formidable tourist importance in the centuries to come!

2. Lounging on the beach at Pampelonne

Plage de Pampelonne

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Pampelonne is a must-see when visiting Saint-Tropez! Located on the Saint-Tropez peninsula, it eventually gave its name to an almost five-kilometre-long sandy beach in the commune of Ramatuelle, in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.

An interesting anecdote: during the Provence landings in August 1944, it was used by the Allied forces, who dug out a runway that is now used by many local residents and travellers visiting Saint-Tropez! Then, in 1955, this pretty stretch of white sand became world-famous with the film « Et Dieu…créa la femme », starring the sublime Brigitte Bardot.

It has a national protectorate to avoid the urbanization that is all too common on the coast, but many establishments have obtained concessions to set up private beaches and trendy bars.

3. Fun at Aqualand Sainte-Maxime

Not exactly traditional or rooted in Var culture, we nevertheless wanted to introduce you to this amusement park with its many slides and pools, for young and old looking for something to do in Saint-Tropez! It’s the place to come to relax on hot summer days and have fun with the whole family.

The attractions on offer are suitable for all ages, and it’s not difficult to find the one that’s just right for you! You can also enjoy a bite to eat, or discover a more popular facet of Saint-Tropez and the surrounding towns. If you’ve come with the family, don’t hesitate to take a dip when you visit Saint-Tropez!

4. Discover the splendid Château de la Moutte

Located on the Saint-Tropez peninsula, this splendid estate was owned by Émile Ollivier – head of the Second Empire government – who bought it from the Martin de Roquebrune family, local notables. He then decided to enlarge and embellish it.

Today, the estate extends right down to the sea, and includes a botanical park that can be explored on certain days when you’re looking for something to do in Saint-Tropez during the summer season!

Every summer, the estate hosts the Nuits du Château de la Moutte music and dance festival, and it’s possible to visit it with a guide for a small fee on Tuesdays. Come and discover this sumptuous space – you won’t regret it!

5. Explore the majestic Cap Camarat

Cap Camarat

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Cap Camarat is a local pride and joy, as you’ll see when you visit Saint-Tropez. It’s most famous for its lighthouse, the Camarat lighthouse, one of the highest in France at 130 meters.

Its light has a range of over sixty kilometers, and has saved many a sailor over the centuries! It was added to the list of historic monuments in 2012. The site is home to many species of reptile, including lizards, garter snakes and even Hermann’s tortoises. They rub shoulders with seabirds like the Northern Gannet, and even birds of prey like the Peregrine Falcon. So we recommend that you go and say hello to all these little creatures as soon as you arrive!

6. Explore the stunning Musée de l’Annonciade

Musée de l'Annonciade

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This art museum is housed in the Notre-Dame de l’Annonciade chapel, built in the 16th century by the Pénitents blancs brotherhood, then sold as national property during the French Revolution.

It wasn’t until 1950 that the building, then at the disposal of Georges Grammont, was renovated and adapted at the latter’s request and under the responsibility of architect Louis Süe, to become a museum housing his art collection. Today, visitors to Saint-Tropez can admire works of art dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, demonstrating that Saint-Tropez was once a hotbed of artistic creation where Paul Signac, Braque and Matisse gathered.

7. Discover the Gulf of Saint-Tropez by boat

Golfe de Saint-Tropez

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The Gulf of Saint-Tropez is, without exaggeration, one of the most beautiful in Europe. It’s not for nothing that travelers from all over the world, rich or otherwise, come to visit Saint-Tropez! When you arrive in Saint-Tropez, especially during the summer season, you can discover the splendid town by boat, which you can hire if you have a boating license.

You can also take to the water on a jet-ski or rent a motor boat or sailboat, or even enjoy a beautiful boat trip on a catamaran managed and piloted for the day by a professional skipper. It’s an ideal opportunity for those looking to soak up the summer sun on the Var coast, while discovering the Gulf of Saint-Tropez coastline without the hassle.

It’s well worth the detour. We recommend it!

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How do I get to Saint-Tropez?

Saint-Tropez is ideally located on the Var coast, so there are many ways to get there!

By plane

The town has its own international airport, theLa Môle – Saint-Tropez airport, located in the commune of La Môle, fifteen kilometers southwest of Saint-Tropez. It is one of the smallest international airports in the world, providing the commune with regular flights, as well as being served by numerous private jets!

Alternatively, the airports of Marseille and Nice also welcome travelers from all over the world. The best way to get to the island is by air. In fact, our partner Ulysse will help you get there by finding you a flight at the best price.

By ferry and boat

Ferries and boats also link Saint-Tropez to various towns, both nearby and further afield. Using this means of transport is ideal for those looking to visit Saint-Tropez while enjoying a beautiful boat ride.

Buses and minibuses serve the Var department and therefore, the town. But, because wandering around the different parts of the town is definitely one of the best things you can do when you’re looking for something to do in Saint-Tropez, and the town is extremely busy during the summer season, many scooter rental agencies offer the use of a vehicle to get around freely. We recommend it!

Where to stay in Saint-Tropez?

There are several types of accommodation to choose from, depending on your wishes and budget. The village of Saint-Tropez – very touristy and very posh – has dozens of hotels, making it the easiest and most flexible solution for the occasional traveler looking to visit Saint-Tropez. You’ll find your ideal establishment by consulting the offers on this hotel comparator. Expect to pay top dollar if you’re visiting during the summer and really want to stay in the heart of this star city!

Campsites are located all around the commune, offering cheaper accommodation, but we advise you to book a pitch well in advance if you want to visit during the summer. Once again, prices can rise quickly if you book at the last minute!

Now you know how to make the most of Saint-Tropez’s charms, and take advantage of the best activities on offer in this town so popular with billionaires and stars from all over the world. But which ones will you be tempted by?

Map of hotels and accommodation – Saint-Tropez