By: Riviera Posters
St Tropez French Riviera
St Tropez has achieved a mythical status and is one place on the French Riviera that everyone wants to visit. The fact that the town faces North on the French Riviera and the excellent climate are reasons why artists such as Matisse and Bonnard were attracted by its wonderful light. Needless to say, this quaint old town with its pink houses is overwhelmed by visitors during the summer season and for some, its best visited out of season.
In 1959, Roger Vadim shot the film And God Created Woman in St Tropez with Brigitte Bardot as the star. The rest is history.
At the centre of the town is the old port edged by its chic cafes. Most of the shops are located in the narrow streets near the port. In the old quarter of La Ponche you will find some of the remaining fishing boats and further out from the town stands the Citadel surrounded by a wall and moat.
Getting to St Tropez
Visit our Boat and Ferry from St Tropez page for full details of transfers from Nice and Cannes – Click Here
The taxi fare from Nice to St Tropez is very expensive and it would probably be better to arrange a private transfer in advance. You can hire a car in Nice and drive but during the summer months you will encounter long traffic jams. If you leave Nice at 7.00am you could be in St Tropez by 8.30am but if you leave Nice at 9.30am you may not arrive until after 1pm. Having said that, it would probably be cheaper to hire a car in Nice rather than in St Tropez where prices can be much higher.
An alternative is to travel along the coast to St Maxime where there are regular ferries to St Tropez. The site http://www.bateauxverts.com/ gives full details. There is also a bus service which runs from St-Raphael to St Tropez. A regular train service runs from Nice to St-Raphael. Details of the boats from Nice and Cannes to St Tropez can be found at our Ferry Boat page. The boats are really for day trips from Nice and Cannes which allow about 4 or 5 hours in St Tropez to look around. However, you may be able to speak to the operator and arrange to go on one day and return on another. This would allow you to book a hotel in St Tropez for a couple of nights.
Many fims are set on the Riviera. The 1956 film And God Created Woman launched Brigitte Bardot into the public spotlight.