Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Best of the Cote d'Azure; St Tropez

The French Riviera is one of the most desirable and luxurious destinations for travel in the world.

Here at Elegant Address, we’re excited to be able to offer the very best in elite villa and apartment rentals in these world-class locations.

Of course, there is more to the place than just the sparkling sea and glorious sunshine, although that is a big deal breaker...

This week, St Tropez is top of our spectacular list…

A Brief History

St Tropez is synonymous with espadrilles, bronzed tans and the 60’s French star Brigette Bardot.
Outside of the fashion and pop culture we’re all aware of today, there is so much more to know about this coastal town on the French Riviera.

It begins with the grisly legend of Saint Torpes of Pisa. Torpes was a Roman soldier in the service of the Emperor Nero also working as his bodyguard.
After refusing to denounce his Christian faith, Torpes was killed and his body was left to drift out to sea in a boat with a dog and a rooster.
The legend says his body washed ashore in modern day Saint-Tropez with the bird and the dog who had left his body untouched.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, Saint-Tropez became attacked and ravaged by pirates and bandits. Lasting for a century or so, the neighbouring village of Garde Frient was established and the surrounding areas, along with Saint-Tropez became an Arabic-Muslim colony for another 100 years.

More recent history shows Saint-Tropez was one of the landing sites for the Allied assault on Southern France in August 1944.
But it was the 1960’s that really saw Saint-Tropez come out of its shell and acquire its world renowned status. Brigette Bardot not only launched her own career but also the town in the 1956 film, “And God Created Woman”. Both her characters sexuality and her own persona tied Saint-Tropez together and it became the meeting place for the new young, pretty things of the time.
Since then, Saint-Tropez has been linked to some of the world’s biggest stars with supermodels being particularly highly spotted, including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford. Penelope Cruz and the Hiltons are also spotted regularly on the harbour and on the beach.

Sightseeing Opportunities
Saint-Tropez really does have some fascinating things to see and to do. Make sure you give yourself time between relaxing and unwinding by taking in some of these wonderful sights.

Pampellone Beach
This massively long stretch of beautiful sand is Saint-Tropez’s main beach. It’s busy in the summertime but if you manage to stay long enough (not a hard task as it really is amazing), the sunsets are unforgettable.

This sixteenth-century fortress is perhaps Saint-Tropez’s most famous buildings and also boasts one of the town’s best views. 

A quirky little museum dedicated to butterflies, it’s definitely worth a visit even if it’s not the first thing to think of. The museum was created by Dany Lartigue, son of famous photographer Jacques-Henri Lartigue. 

One of the region’s most incredible museums including works from Matisse, Rodin, Kee, Signac and others. The perfect respite from the bustle of the main town.

Our Recommended Events in Saint-Tropez
Being the centre of glitz and glamour means that Saint-Tropez is the host of some exciting and unique events that need to be seen to be believed.

April 2017 
Fetes des Mimosas 
The Route des Mimosas is a 130km route along the coast, following the towns made famous by the Belle Epoque period. The beloved mimosa was actually introduced by the British in the 1800’s to add sunnier colours to their gardens during the late winter holidays.
During this roadtrip, there’s a definite springtime feel and the area was the first to really introduce the al fresco lunch bistros along the mimosa-lined village streets. The landscape today is sunshine yellow, signalling the start of the season. 

May 2017 
11th-14th May 
Harley Davidson Euro Festival
Port Grimaud is the go to scene for the fantastic motorcycle displays along the beachfront. The roads around the entire region are rumbling when these gleaming machines cruise in the sun.

28th – 31st May
Les Voiles Latines Regatta 
This colourful fleet of wooden fishing boats arrive in the port, replacing the luxury yachts for the weekend. 

September 2017
30th Sept-8th October
Les Voiles de St Tropez Sailing Regatta 

The biggest event in Saint-Tropez’s year, the last week of September sees hundreds of incredible yachts sail into the harbour to race in one of the biggest regattas in the global yachting calendar.

October 2017
Last Weekend of October
La Braderie 2017 Designer Fashion Sales

The streets of Saint-Tropez are lined with rows of heavily discounted designer goods, making this not any ordinary flea market. Give yourself plenty of time to browse through the many racks of fashions and accessories from the biggest names in fashion, including Gucci, Prada and Chanel.

December 2017
Christmas/New Year
There’s a huge calendar of events in Saint-Tropez during the festive period, ranging from ice hockey games, petting zoos and festive films shown at the cinema. Don’t forget to see Pere Noel (Santa Claus) arrive by boat in the old port on Christmas Eve and enjoy the fireworks set the sky alight on New Year’s Eve. 

Best Time to Visit
If you’re looking to be in amidst all the glitz and glamour that Saint-Tropez brings, July and August are the best times to visit. The restaurants are humming, the streets are brimming and the bars and clubs gather the gorgeous and the wannabes. Everyone is here from billionaires to movie stars and it’s definitely the place to see the celebrities.

However, Saint-Tropez is beautiful all year round with plenty of sight-seeing opportunities and unforgettable experiences.