Originally a fisherman town and a spot where sailors would stop to spend the night, Saint Tropez has developed into a must-see for chic European travelers. Frequented by artists and writers in the early 20th century and immortalized by the Brigitte Bardot film Et Dieu Créa La Femme, Saint Tropez remains a magical part of the South of France. It attracts thousands to its Provençal open-air market, open throughout the year every Tuesday and Saturday. Located in the town’s main square, La Place des Lices transforms into almost two hundred stands of Provençal colors and delicacies. Find perfect souvenirs – a wide array of home decorations, antiques, books, clothes, shoes and jewelry.
This month, Saint Tropez is kicking off a year-long event celebrating the culture and history of Argentina. Photographic, historical and musical exhibits will present not only the specialties of Argentina, but also its relationship with St. Tropez. Exhibits will be shown at the Place des Lices, as many other parts of the community are participating in the celebration. Events will take place in the library, local cafés, bookstores and cinemas.
Also coming up in this Mediterranean town is the 33rd Festival Armen. Combining art, sailing and water-skiing, this festival attracts more and more each year. There will be art exhibits held at the Salle Jean Despas as well as boat races and water-skiing competitions off the St. Tropez coast.
While you discover the quaint village of Saint Tropez, don’t forget that it’s a town full of fascinating history. Did you know that Saint Tropez is the home to France’s first modern art museum? Le Musée de l’annonciade is dedicated to the pointillism, nabis, and fauve movements that took place in France among the avant-garde artists between 1890 and 1950. Among many artists that came to the village, Pablo Picasso spent significant time in this Mediterranean town. You can visit the house on la rue des Bouchonniers where he painted The Odalisque.
Get yourself some of the original products from Saint Tropez: The sandales tropéziennes are a must-have for a summer wardrobe. Check out the K.JACQUES boutique on 25 rue Allard where they’ve been making these strappy sandals since the 1930s. Don’t forget to stop and get a pastry called “La Tarte Tropezienne,” a disc of brioche filled with heavenly cream and topped with pearls of sugar.
A 2 Bedroom Vacation Rental in Saint Tropez, French Riviera (PR-629) located in the center of the village above great shopping and two steps from great cafés and restaurants, and a short walk to the beach.
A 3 Bedroom Townhouse in Saint Tropez, French Riviera (PR-722) is spacious, accommodating up to 6 people. Located in town and has a terrace.
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