Saint Tropez, a mediterranean style holiday resort has long been known as one of the best entertainment spots of the renowned French Riviera holiday resort towns and contributed to the fame of the French Rivera with Cannes and Monaco.
It was not until late in the 19th century that some French painters such as Paul Signac, Henri Matisse, Louis Valtat, Albert Marquet, André Derain, Charles-Henri Person, Pierre Bonnard and the Parisian artists and intellectuals of the 1950’s such as Sagan, Picasso, Prévert and many others discovered the fishing village of St Tropez.
But it was undoubtedly in the 60’s when Brigitte Bardot came to live at La Madrague that Saint-Tropez was known worldwide and its reputation as a flamboyant and fashionable holiday destination spread very fast. Sexy starlets started exhibiting themselves topless here and the reputation of the place as “kinky carnival town” has been attracting people from all over the world all this time.
The main economic resource of Saint-Tropez is tourism.
The place has one of the most famous “surf and sand” beaches in the world and is full of popular streets for those looking to live through the social experience, fashion and nightlife over here.
Each year, in early October, a regatta is held in the bay of Saint-Tropez (Les Voiles de St. Tropez). This is a draw for many yachts, some up to 50 metres in length. Many tourists come to the location for this event or as a stop on their trip to Cannes, Marseille or Nice.
You can enjoy a collection of beaches along the five kilometre shore of Pampelonne. These beaches are around thirty metres wide each with their own beach huts and private or public tanning areas.
Visitors can enjoy windsurfing and sailing at these beaches where canoeing equipment for rent are available. Some beaches here also offer motorized water sports, such as power boats, jet bikes and water skiing, scuba diving.
There are private beaches for naturists, here as well.
(2 May 2010 – updated 04 April 2018)