St Tropez, Mykonos or Ibiza – how do Europe’s trendiest destinations compare? Let’s take a look at all the elements that go towards the perfect holiday, including the best place for beach clubs and where to enjoy the most mouthwatering cuisine. Between St Tropez vs Mykonos vs Ibiza, which is right for you?
The ultimate comparison: St Tropez vs Mykonos vs Ibiza
Which of our three destinations offers the finest dining, the most exciting range of cuisines, and the best in casual eateries?
Saint Tropez: 10/10
- Over sixty gourmet restaurants including several Michelin-starred
- Head to La Vague d’Or for exquisite menus by triple-starred chef Arnaud Donckele
- Terrific range of less expensive and international cuisine, including Thai, Indian, sushi, steakhouses and Italian
- Sumptuous settings with stunning sea views
- Many sophisticated restaurants offering Greek cuisine and seafood
- Choose Kastro’s Restaurant for incredible seafood and Instagrammable sunset views over the sea
- Fewer choices for simpler and more casual dining
- International cuisine including Mediterranean, steakhouses, sushi, Italian, Indian and Lebanese
- Many Spanish and seafood restaurants, offering reasonably priced tapas and paella
- International options include sushi, Chinese, steakhouses, Italian and pizzas
- The Boat House has amazing staff and beautiful cuisine
- Eat at The Wild Asparagus for mouthwatering meals, including a must-try steak and vegetarian options
Which bars have the best ambience between St Tropez vs Mykonos vs Ibiza?
- For cocktails with a view, head to Les Toits roof terrace at the Hotel de Paris
- Experience the authentic St Tropez at Senequier, open since 1887
- For live music try Chez Maggy
- Enjoy people watching and beautiful port views at La Guerite
- For a chic and informal atmosphere, head to Victoria St Tropez in the lively Place des Lices
- Little Venice in Mykonos Town is full of trendy bars enjoying beautiful sea views
- For celebrating in style head to Galleraki, perched above the sea
- Try Alley Bar for all-day cocktails and upbeat lounge music
- Lola Bar-Cafe for unpretentious fun in a gay-friendly atmosphere
- Visit Scarpa Bar to watch the sunset and dance the night away
- Head to The Ninth, with yacht-style décor and panoramic views of Playa d’En Bossa
- For delicious cocktails – try the strawberry daiquiri – in a relaxed vibe, head to Cala Llonga’s Pirate Bar
- S’Escalinata for quirky decor and beautiful views of the Old City
- On the San Juan road, try Bambuddha for its exotic and luxurious ambience
- For a fantastic range of drinks and marina views at the best bar in Santa Eulalio del Rio, try the Liquido Cocktail Bar
Which is the best place for beach clubs and the hottest for late-night partying?
- Les Caves du Roy, said to be the best club in France, teeming with A-listers
- At the VIP Room, oligarchs spray magnums of Cristal over fellow revellers
- Restaurant-club Gaio is magical, elegant and surprising
- Head to At54 for glitter balls and all-night dancing
- In Mykonos Town, the Skandinavian Bar & Club suits a younger crowd
- The renowned Babylon welcomes gay and straight clubbers alike
- Privilege is the world’s biggest club, renowned for its spectacular parties
- Amnesia, for the quintessential Ibiza clubbing experience, with its dark Club Room and glass-roof Terrace
- In Ibiza Town, Pacha is the original superclub and playground of the rich and famous
- The state-of-the-art Hi Ibiza has light shows, VIP amenities and three open-air areas
- For the best sound systems on the island, get to the superclub Eden
Which is the best place for beach clubs and all-day partying?
- The fabled Club 55 beach club is where Saint Tropez’s glamour began
- At the infamous Nikki Beach club, join supermodels and racing car drivers dancing on tables
- After a much-awaited re-opening, Bagatelle St Tropez is back and offers daytime party vibes to sunkissed revellers
- For a cosy vibe with a truly inspired menu, try one of the exciting new beach clubs in St Tropez 2019 – Verde Beach
- For uncomplicated French-Italian cuisine in a relaxed Mediterranean setting, go to Loulou Beach St Tropez, also just open this season
- Visit Tahiti Beach for incredible steak and dance music for a more mature crowd
- Scorpios attracts the young with a decadent, ultra-hip vibe
- At SantAnna, relax at the saltwater pool and soak up the amazing atmosphere
- Head for a chilled cabana at Alemagou and watch the sunset
- The iconic Paradise Beach Club has a hedonistic, ravey atmosphere
- Super Paradise Beach Club attracts celebrities, models and hardcore clubbers
- Kalua Mykonos offers an upbeat vibe for drinking and dancing, alongside beautiful decor and views
- The trendy Nassau Beach club attracts jet-setters, models and footballers
- Head to Amante in Cala Llonga for a romantic, unique setting
- Enjoy the best day-to-night dining in Blue Marlin – where the scene is at in Ibiza
- O Beach Ibiza is known for its wild pool parties and lavish decor
- Try Ushuaia for the best DJs, parties and ambience
- The intimate Beachouse enjoys a rustic, feet-in-the-sand setting with amazing staff
- For beautiful sunsets and live music, try Sunset Ashra
Which destination caters best to yachts, and which has the most idyllic (and otherwise inaccessible) places to visit by yacht?
Saint Tropez: 8/10
- Five ports in St Tropez
- Port de Saint-Tropez located in the heart of the village
- Maximum superyacht length of 55m at Marina Port Grimaud
- Many beautiful secret coves and beaches
- Escalet, between Cape Taillat and Cape Camarat, is a protected area ideal for snorkeling
- Two ports including the new Tourlos Mykonos port, special for ferries, yachts & cruise boats
- Maximum yacht length 25m in Tourlos port and 40m in old Mykonos marina
- Thanks to the Meltemi wind, Mykonos is known as ‘the island of the wind’, and its pretty windmills are best seen by sea
- Visit ancient temple ruins at nearby Delos, the birthplace of the twins Apollo and Artemis
- Seven ports – four in Ibiza city, two in San Antonio and one in Santa Eularia del Río
- Maximum length of 60 meters at Ibiza Magna port
- Marina Ibiza it is the most exclusive and expensive of the island
- Many isolated beaches, including Cala Llonga or Cala Gracio, with hidden coves
- Calo des Moro is ideal for scuba diving
- The remote coves off Formentera, or ‘Ibiza’s little Caribbean’, offer spectacular nature and diving
According to a report published by The European Environment Agency and the European Commission on bathing water quality, Greece scored extremely highly with 97% of all sites having excellent water quality, Spain 87% and France 78%.
Average July and August temperature of 23 °C
Thanks to the cool Meltemi winds, the average summer temperature is 28 °C, but the sun shines almost 300 days a year
Average July and August temperature of 25-26 °C
St Tropez vs Mykonos vs Ibiza: Which is best?
So out of Saint Tropez, Mykonos and Ibiza, which has that all-important holiday it-factor?
With its charming Provençal architecture, artistic flourishes and old-world glamour, St Tropez remains eternally fashionable and an exclusive enclave, managing to remain playful yet sophisticated. It is also the best place for beach clubs, with legendary establishments like Club 55 all part of the Cote d’Azur culture.
From its upmarket restaurants to its white sandy beaches and beautifully-clean water, Mykonos is achingly hip and youthful, but at just 33 square miles large, it’s slightly limited in scope!
Its attractive towns, villages and beaches make Ibiza as popular with the rich and famous as it is with heavy-duty clubbers. At around 220 square miles large, there’s plenty of space for everyone to enjoy, but it can be hard to escape the party lifestyle.