St Tropez is renowned for being one of the world’s most exclusive destinations, but for those who haven’t been before, or perhaps for those who have only taken a day trip, it remains something of a mystery. Below, our local experts answer all your frequently asked questions, looking at everything from the best things to do in St Tropez with kids to whether you can arrive by private jet. Find your top 21 questions – and our answers – below.
We answer ALL your questions and highlight some of the best things to do in St Tropez
1) What is St Tropez famous for?
St Tropez is famous for many things – here are the top five.
- Pampelonne Beach. Offering over 5km of beautiful coast, peppered with iconic beach clubs, Plage de Pampelonne has a golden reputation and is a firm favourite amongst international jetsetters and A-List celebrities.
- Senequier cafe. This red terraced eatery has become legendary, with its harbourside position offering the perfect spot for people watching. The late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld used to come here regularly, sometimes popping in for a midnight drink with a view.
- Brigitte Bardot. St Tropez was the stunning backdrop of her 1957 movie And God Created Woman, which catapulted both Bardot and our port village to international stardom. Bardot seems to have an everlasting affinity with the destination, still living in her St Tropez property, La Madrague, today.
- Club55. Another link to Brigitte Bardot, this exclusive beach club started in 1955, when Madame de Colmont used her little wooden hut to provide food and drink for Brigitte Bardot and the crew during filming for And God Created Woman. Today it is a mecca for celebrities, seeing everyone from Joan Collins to Kate Moss walk its sands.
- Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez. This comedy, also set in St Tropez, tells the adventures of Ludovic Cruchot, a zealous policeman (placed by French actor Louis de Funès) who is transferred to Saint-Tropez on duty, where he must tackle persistent nudists amongst other problems. The film was a big success and again highlighted the beauty and carefree spirit of our fishing village.
2) Is St Tropez expensive?
Yes. The property rental and hotel rates here are the highest in France, with the prices of villas for rent in Saint Tropez and Ramatuelle ranging anywhere from €10,000 to €150,000 per week. But, this is because they are so highly sought-after – St Tropez is one of the world’s finest holiday destinations, after all.
3) How big is St Tropez?
St Tropez is 15.18 km² in total, with a population of 4,103 as of 2018. The number of people in St Tropez increases greatly with the influx of tourists in the summer months.
4) Is it safe in St Tropez?
Yes. Thefts and break-ins do occur, moreso during the summer months when the village is full of wealthy tourists. You can protect against crimes by choosing a villa with a full security system.
5) Is Pampelonne in St Tropez or Ramatuelle?
Pampelonne Beach is geographically located in Ramatuelle, but many people think of this glamorous stretch of sand as belonging to St Tropez. Pampelonne is just a 15-minute drive from the centre of St Tropez, making it very easily accessible.
6) What are the most famous places in St Tropez?
There are so many things to see and do in St Tropez, but which are the most famous?
- Senequier cafe, with its patisserie that dates back to 1887.
- Port of St Tropez, with its rows of shining superyachts looked out on by charming terracotta-coloured shops and restaurants.
- Place des Lices, our beautiful public square, home to a fantastic bi-weekly open air market. Locals come here to play boules, with the square hosting pétanque tournaments in the summer.
- Club 55, an iconic beach club and the place to see and be seen in St Tropez.
- Le Cheval Blanc Hotel, a heavenly 30-room luxury retreat located on the edge of St Tropez, home to the three Michelin-starred Vague d’Or restaurant and boasting its own private beach.
- Polo Club St Tropez, one of the leading polo clubs in France, hosting a range of exciting tournaments and competitions, as well as offering polo lessons and a wellness club. The on-site Argentinian restaurant offers mouthwatering cuisine and a perfect view of the club’s main polo field.
7) What is Pampelonne famous for?
Ranking top of most lists of things to do in St Tropez, Pampelonne Beach is most famous for its link to French movie star Brigitte Bardot – her 1955 film And God Created Woman was shot on Pampelonne Beach, and it was here that Club 55 was created, remaining in the same position to this day.
Over time, plenty more exclusive and world-renowned beach clubs have arrived on la Plage de Pampelonne, including Nikki Beach, Byblos Beach, Loulou, Club Les Palmiers, and Bagatelle, and these have only added to its A-List image.
8) How many beach clubs are there on Pampelonne?
There are a total of 27 beach clubs on Pampelonne Beach, and each has its own unique charm. Club 55 and Tahiti Beach are the oldest, both founded in the 1950s and to this day offering a taste of paradise. Meanwhile, there are still some that only launched in 2019, such as Byblos Beach and La Serena, but still perfectly imbibe the laid back glamour of la Plage de Pampelonne.
Some originate from other places, but have moved over to embrace the St Tropez lifestyle, such as Loulou, which after taking up residence in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris decided to offer a summer season on Pampelonne to meet the needs of its clientele. Some are more focused on being family friendly, whereas others are devoted to partying, as we will see later on.
What many people don’t know is that Pampelonne Beach is actually broken up into seven different areas, each with its own feel and beach clubs – read more about the different areas of Pampelonne here.
9) How to get to St Tropez?
It is easy to get to St Tropez, and you can travel in the way that best suits you. By car, you take the A8 from Nice. By helicopter, you can travel from convenient airports or from Monaco. Meanwhile those arriving by private jet can land in La Mole airport, located just a short drive from St Tropez centre.
10) Is there an airport in St Tropez?
Yes – small jets can land in La Mole airport, situated 15 km or 8 nautical miles southwest of Saint-Tropez.
There are also two nearby airports for larger planes – one in Nice, less than an hour and a half’s drive away, and one in Toulon, under an hour’s drive from St Tropez.
11) Is there a train station in St Tropez?
No – the closest station is Les Arcs – Draguignan, located a 50 minute drive from St Tropez.
12) Is there a port in St Tropez?
Yes. Saint-Tropez Harbour comprises 734 moorings divided between two basins covering an area of nine hectares, located in the heart of the village. It offers a range of sought-after services – as you would expect from such a famous marina – and can host yachts up to 50 metres, with a maximum draft of 6 metres.
There are also additional ports near to St Tropez, if Saint-Tropez Harbour is fully booked when you wish to travel. These include Marina de Port Grimaud and Marines de Cogolin.
13) Can I land in a helicopter in St Tropez?
Yes. There are a few landing spots, such as Tahiti Ramatuelle, near the domain of Les Parcs St Tropez. In addition, many of our private villas in St Tropez have helipads, allowing people to fly directly to their door. These properties include Villa Marilyn and Villa Ama Pampelonne.
14) Can I arrive by a private jet to St Tropez?
Absolutely – just fly into La Mole airport, and then take a short helicopter, car or boat ride to get to St Tropez.
15) What to do in St Tropez with kids?
St Tropez House can recommend our top activities to do with kids, including learning new skills such as swimming, sailing or tennis, taking day trips to adventure or water parks such as Marineland or Aquasplash, heading to one of St Tropez’s kid-friendly beach clubs like L’Orangerie or La Cabane Bambou, and exploring beautiful parks and gardens such as Le Rayol Park.
We can also connect you with shops selling baby food, beach toys, nappies, accessories, as well as rental services for things like buggies and high chairs.
16) What are the best places to party in St Tropez?
What to do in St Tropez if you want to party? St Tropez is home to some of the world’s most exclusive nightclubs, where you can sip Champagne and dance until dawn.
- Les Caves du Roy is possibly the most famous nightclub in France. Located within the iconic Hotel Byblos, Les Caves du Roy has hosted celebrities like Mick Jagger within its Baroque-style walls.
- Gaia was the first restaurant-club to open in Saint-Tropez. Offering mouth watering delicacies in the early evening, later on this establishment turns up the music to become a hot party spot for the night.
- VIP Room opens from late June to September each year, promising excellent nights that turn into memorable mornings. Expect high levels of glitz and glamour and plenty of famous faces at this central-Saint-Tropez nightclub.
- L’Opera is a restaurant, nightclub and cabaret show all in one – the perfect recipe for an unforgettable evening. Expect incredible dancers and beautiful art deco design.
As well as this, some of Pampelonne’s beach clubs are designed for letting your hair down.
- Nikki Beach is one of the hottest destinations for international celebrities and party vibes. Plush sunbeds, exotic cocktails and non-stop sets from world-class DJs make for ultimate day party vibes.
- Bagatelle Beach has unmistakable French glamour, featuring chic décor & lively music that sees guests dancing on the sand.
- Loulou is relaxed and free-spirited, allowing guests to sip cocktails and let loose in an elegant environment.
17) What are the most expensive villas in St Tropez?
The most expensive villas in St Tropez are priced at over 100,000 EUR/week to rent in the summer. Two of the most expensive villas offered by St Tropez House include Villa Ama Pampelonne, a stunning seven-bedroom (plus staff accommodation) villa taking modern luxury to a new level, and Villa Las Brisas, an exceptional 650 m2 contemporary villa overlooking Pampelonne Beach.
18) How to rent a villa in St Tropez?
Get in touch with Emilia at St Tropez House, telling her your desired dates, your budget and your preferred location. She will find you a selection of exquisite villas to choose from that meet your requirements.
19) How to buy a villa in St Tropez?
We would recommend contacting Emilia at St Tropez House, giving her your preferences for the property including budget, preferred location and style. Emilia will provide you with a relevant selection, and within that list will hopefully be your future home.
20) What celebrities visit St Tropez?
Pretty much every celebrity you can think of has visited St Tropez at least once, thanks to its world-class reputation as a luxurious holiday destination. We have compiled a list of the top ten celebrities recently sighted in St Tropez, including models such as Kate Moss and Cara Delavigne, TV personalities like Piers Morgan, actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L Jackson, singers like J Lo, and sports stars like Neymar. However, we also see top politicians, tech personalities and more wandering St Tropez’s pretty streets or relaxing on the golden sands of Pampelonne.
21) Have you spotted Karl Lagerfeld in St Tropez?
When he was still alive, Karl Lagerfield was often spotted in St Tropez, whether he was grabbing a drink in Senequier, strolling along the port, or exploring the little streets of St Tropez old town. He went nowhere without his personal secretary Sebastien Jondeau, and was easy to spot thanks to his instantly recognisable sense of style – he always wore a tailored suit and trademark gloves, with his white hair in a ponytail.
And a bonus question…
What is the best way to organise transport, activities and bookings in St Tropez?
At St Tropez House, we can arrange everything from yacht charter to personal shopping for our guests, and go above and beyond to fulfil your every request. Discover our concierge service here, or get in touch to find out more about St Tropez.