If your idea of a perfect day involves nothing more than taking your horse out for a trot on a breezy summer’s day then you may find you start to miss your equine friends when you go on holiday. But it doesn’t have to be that way, especially when traveling in the South of France. The French Riviera plays to a great number of amazing horse riding venues and polo clubs, and one place that does equestrian pursuits especially well is St Tropez. Here’s our roundup of the best riding and spectating spots for every age and experience level, all within easy reach of our St Tropez villa rentals.
L’Ecurie du Golfe de Saint Tropez – For learning with incredible views
Nestled right in the heart of Saint Tropez Gulf, at the foot of the medieval Grimaud castle, L’Ecurie du Golfe de Saint Tropez covers nearly 10 hectares of land. This outstanding riding school has three large practice arenas and offers great training in a beautiful historical setting. And with a pony club welcoming children from 3 years old and lessons available for all experience levels, this riding school is the perfect family outings with young kids.
Les Poun en Herbe lakeside trail
If you don’t fancy a lesson whilst on holiday but still want to get back in touch with your equine side, why not join Les Poun’s en Herbe’s lakeside trail for relaxed sightseeing on horseback? Based in Montauroux, this delightful equestrian tour takes you far away from the pressures of busy urban life. Rides take place on a preserved site near Lake Saint-Cassien, spanning across the natural reserve of Fondurane. Everything can be adjusted to match your wishes, level, and budget, and with picnics, swimming, aperitifs and horse petting all offered as part of your trip, it’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. Then, at the end of the day, head back to your luxury Saint Tropez home and put your feet up, head filled with amazing memories.
The Saint-Tropez Polo Club – for spectating with the jet-set
The Saint-Tropez Polo Club is one of the highest profiles in Europe. Located in Gassin, between St Tropez and the famous Plage de Pampelonne, it holds various international competitions. The club attracts world-renowned polo players and is frequently graced by celebrity spectators who stay at the luxury St Tropez rental properties nearby. However, this doesn’t mean that the general public can’t attend too, with fixtures frequently held during the club’s tournament season from April to September. Enjoy amazing equestrian events with new-found famous friends, without having to break a sweat.