Port des Pecheurs embraces a small beach with clear water and tidy sand, Saint Tropez beaches.
Plage des Graniers
Now that’s more like it!
Plage des Graniers is a charming little beach just a short walk past the seaside cemetary and below St Tropez’ Citadel. We cannot imagine how packed this great little patch of sand becomes in the summertime as it’s only 10 minutes walk from the town. It’s an easy and lovely walk on the coastal path around past any number of other beaches including the monstrous Pampelonne cluster.
Getting to Pampelonne beaches
This is a problem without an easy public transport solution. Minibuses run to Pampelonne from the town’s main square, Place des Lices, or full size buses from the Bus Station (Gare Routiere) to Pampelonne and L’Escalet (photo below), but service is erratic, unreliable and you have to trust them to bring you back too!
Alternatively tourists without hire cars have two options: take a pretty but 11km long coastal hike or hire a cycle/scooter from Rolling Bikes in Ave General Leclerc for a not-ridiculous fee.
La Voile Rouge closes:
The birth place of wild and wealthy beach clubs, La Voile Rouge will close after an 11 year legal battle over noise, both from incessant music and helicopters delivering guests. This stretch of sand on Pampelonne beach has been beach party central for actors, celebrities and the uber-rich for 45 years. In 2010 Paris Hilton spent €300, 000 in one afternoon of spray-champagne fights at €2, 000 a bottle.
Deprived ‘slebs will have to stagger down the beach to Moorea now.
Plage de l’Escalet
Plage de l’Escalet, Saint Tropez beaches
On the south side of Cap Camarat is L’Escalet Beach, a mid-size, free-access beach with large adjacent car park, though on the opposite side of the peninsula from Saint Tropez town. It lacks size and variety of facilities but makes up for that with cleanliness, character and ambience.