Saint Tropez you are just beautiful! Honestly though, I would 100% go back and spend more time there. After our 3 days in Rome, my friend and I jetted over to the south of France. When we first were planning Europe, we had intended to go down to the Amalfi Coast with our boyfriends, but since they both bailed, we decided to change plans and check out France instead… absolutely not complaints about that! Continuing our girl’s trip, another girlfriend of mine joined us for the remainder of the trip!
When deciding on where to go exactly, we wanted some place low key, and beachy as we knew we were doing two big cities; Rome and Paris. Whenever I’m in Europe I pretty much always need some beach, or just somewhere that is more relaxing. Saint Tropez was somewhere I had wanted to go, especially after reading and hearing so much about it from two of my favourite bloggers, Marianna Hewitt and The Skinny Confidential. It looked gorgeous, and luxe, and like the perfect amount of beach and rose; and it was exactly that. Literally, the rose there was flowing.
Saint Tropez is very small; you can basically walk around the main “city centre” in less than an hour. It reminded my slightly of a mix of Mykonos and Santorini in terms of size and feel with all the little walkways lined with shops and restaurants. But it definitely had a luxury French feel to it. We only were there for approx.. 2.5 days, and I would’ve loved at least 1-2 more full days. Although it’s small and does not include all the site-seeing you would traditionally be doing in the bigger European cities, it was nice that you felt easily acquainted after 1-2 days of being there. Plus a few extra days at the beach is always welcomed in my eyes.
Below are some tips on what to see and where to eat!
Getting there: we flew into the Nice airport, which is the biggest airport closest to Saint Tropez. From there we took a bus directly from the Nice airport (20 euro). The bus took us to Saint Raphael, where we switched over onto another bus (3 euro) which dropped us off right in the city centre of Saint Tropez. Our hotel was just around the corner from the bus station. From the Nice airport to Saint Tropez it took roughly 3 hours.
Where to stay: we stayed in a small boutique hotel right in the city centre of Saint Tropez; Hotel Playa. It was the perfect location, being close to all the main restaurants, shops, port, etc. It was nothing fancy but the value was great, especially for Saint Tropez hotel prices!
What to do: Saint Tropez is a small beachy town, so everything is in walking distance unless you are going to the beach/beach bars & restaurants, which we cabbed to for about 30 euro. Honestly, just wandering around the centre and stopping for a cappuccino or glass of wine in between the shopping was exactly what we did. We only really spent one day at the beach (the weather was not on our side), but you definitely want to spend more time there. A few things we did:
- Dior Café (be sure to make a reservation)
- Saint Tropez Beach (lined with private beach bars and restaurants, and also public areas too)
- Nikki Beach (a gorgeous beach club, with a pool and DJ)
- Picnic on the port (we grabbed cheese, wine and a baguette and relaxed near the pier in the city)
- House of Chanel
Where to eat: there are definitely many amazing restaurants in Saint Tropez. For breakfast we generally grabbed a croissant and a cappuccino, but a few to mention for lunch/dinner are:
- L’Olive (we ate dinner there twice, the food was SO good)
- La Petite Plage (very lively restaurant along the port; so fun and the food was incredible… the burger is a must)
- Le Schpountz (we sipped rose and ate lunch while we waited for the rain to die down)
- L’Opera (ok so we didn’t eat here, but we danced and drank rose – definitely was a VERY fun time)
Places on the list for next time:
- Club 55
- Place des Leches (market every Tuesday and Saturday)
- Bagatell/Bagatell Beach (call ahead to book chair)
- Pool at Byblos Hotel
Check out my Rome and Paris posts too!
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