Things to do in St Tropez
Food quality is high in St Tropez, but doesn’t have to be very expensive – just get away from the port (the rich folk off the boats don’t like to stagger too far) and check out the menus posted outside. If prices are not quoted then you may expect to empty your bank account after the meal in addition to selling your wife into slavery. We’re told that Le Sporting brasserie serves the best value food in the town.
As far as night clubs are concerned money alone may not be enough to enter the elite three – Les Caves du Roy, the VIP Room and Papagayo. Beauty, style and celebrity may be required for entry at busy times. Still, hanging around the exterior of these hotspots may be entertaining enough in itself as the supercars and glitterati roll by. The second ranking but still fashionable Bar de Port in Quai Suffren is marginally easier to get into.
A hint of real French life as locals play boules under the plane trees in the main square, Place des Lices. Visitors can borrow boules from Café des Arts and give the game a try, or even take on the locals.
The only modestly interesting cultural site in the town is an old chapel converted into Musée de l’Annonciade, a gallery of fine art associated with Provence.
There is a massive parking area adjacent to the New Port. The Old Port in the centre is where where various ferries come and go.
The wonderfully undeveloped centre of the Saint Tropez peninsula, mainly because the vineyards are protected by layers of long-standing laws and much of the rest of the land is a national park.
And after a hard day lying in the sun, a short drive to the Cap de Saint Tropez’s green centre brings thirsty tourists to the two 8thC hilltop villages of Ramatuelle and Gassin.
Gassin is the smaller of the two, the further, the higher and offers the best views.
Note that French law does not permit clients to drink at a restaurant table without food, so a quiet pastis aperitif at one of these tempting tables is not going to happen. Of course you can always patronise a bar, but unfortunately Ramatuelle’s main square bar has neither a view nor a welcoming ambience. We’ll try Gassin next time!