Things to do in St. Tropez
In addition to relaxing by the sea or joining your friends on their yacht for a day of sailing, there are some other sights you should make time for in St. Tropez:
Place de Lices. This is the place to shop in St. Tropez. The morning market on Tuesdays and Saturdays has stalls selling all of the Mediterranean's best produce, but you can also pick up souvenirs like dried lavender and olive oil soaps as well as handcrafted leather purses.
Chapelle Ste. Anne. This intimate 17th-century chapel is often closed, but if the doors are open, definitely drop in and look around.
Vieux Porte. On a typical summer day, the picturesque port lined with town houses is filled with multi-million dollar yachts.
Pointe du Capon. Just outside town, the Pointe du Capon's walking trails have views of the dramatic, rugged coastline.
La Ponche. The old fishermen's neighborhood is a maze of tiny streets with picturesque houses in a rainbow of pastels.
Museum of l'Annonciade. This small museum houses an impressive collection of works by painters who were drawn to the light of the French Riviera, most notably Paul Signac.
Yes, you can get your Prada, Dior, and Dolce & Gabbana in St. Tropez, but the town is also a center for Provençal ceramics. The pair of boutiques that comprise La Maison des Lices specializes in décor for the home and table, including faience dishes, boutis bedcovers, and furniture.
A sister to a gallery in Geneva, the recently opened art house specializes in modern and contemporary paintings and sculptures by artists such as Arman, Tolla, and Sportes.
Stop by for the colorful and fragrant olive-oils soaps at this market. They make excellent souvenirs.
One of the most coveted names in French lingerie also does bathing suits, which insiders swear shave 10 pounds off your figure.
Take home a swank pair of handmade Tropezienne sandals as a souvenir.
St. Tropez was a magnet for early-20th-century avant-garde artists, among them Matisse, Bonnard, Derain, Dufy, and Seurat, who were invited here by fellow painter Paul Signac.
You don't have to have a private yacht to enjoy evening cocktails with a view. Sip pastis at this port-side café and watch the jet set float by.
The St. Tropez branch of Paris's high-wattage nightclub has just been renovated. The walls, covered with image-projecting LED-screens, thrum to the beat, as does the crowd.
The museum devoted to butterflies presents more than 4,500 species, many of them rare or endangered; most have been collected by the artist Dany Lartigue. Tours available by advance request.
At the hottest nightclub in town in the hottest hotel in town—the Byblos—you'll have to dress the part; once you get in, be prepared for the most expensive beer of your life ($33!).
Its owners used to run a design agency in London, which is apparent the instant you step into the lobby.
The hotel's low-key yet elegant bar was once the favorite local watering hole of Errol Flynn (Orson Wells, Rita Hayworth, and Greta Garbo were regular patrons, too).
Colorful Provençal ceramics, objects for the garden, lotions, and scented candles make ideal gifts for the folks back home.