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Saint Tropez

View of Saint-Tropez and its harbor in the French Riviera Saint-Tropez and its harbor in the French Riviera

Saint-Tropez in France calls to mind glitter and glamour, celebrities, yachts, white sandy beaches, exclusive clubs and beautiful art all at the same time. The wondrous little town is located in the South of France along the Mediterranean coast roughly between Marseille and Nice. In the summer months, Saint-Tropez is flooded by jet setters from all over the world who come to enjoy a luxurious holiday. The tourists increase the town’s population by about 10 times in summer. When you want to be in the middle of it all, and dance the night away surrounded by celebrities in one of St. Tropez’s famous clubs, the summer months are the time to visit. However, if you prefer a little peace and quiet and would like to discover the Saint-Tropez that has attracted so many famous painters over the years, then make sure to visit the town off-season. Whether you choose to come in summer or in the other seasons, Saint-Tropez is a town you simply cannot miss when you visit Southern France!

In this article, we’ll take you on a two-day tour of Saint-Tropez, so you can get an idea of what 48 hours in one of the most famous towns of the French Riviera looks like. Welcome to Saint-Tropez! Read the entire story here…»


Photo of Saint Tropez Harbor Photo of Saint Tropez Harbor

The name of Saint-Tropez never fails to conjure up images of the international jet-set soaking up the sun on luxurious yachts all day and shamelessly carousing in exclusive clubs all night. They notoriously take over the lovely little seaport on the French Riviera every summer and the rest of us cannot help but feel left out of the party.

But as fall approaches, relative peace and quiet return, and there’s nothing like reveling in the last days of golden sunshine in the town Brigitte Bardot famously put on the map back in the 1960s. You may not have a chance to bump into Beyoncé, Jay-Z or Bono anymore, but you will be able to discover why Saint-Trop, as it is familiarly called, is more than ever worth a stay.

Besides being a summer playground for the rich and famous, Saint-Tropez has for many decades been the home of a thriving artists’ community and played an instrumental role in the careers of illustrious visual creators such as Henry Matisse and Pablo Picasso, Bernard Buffet and David  Hockney. Read the entire story here…»


Photo of "Festival of Flowers" from Henri  Matisse Photo of "Festival of Flowers" from Henri Matisse

Although he was from Northern France, went to the School of Decorative Arts in Paris and spent time in London, Henri Matisse got around to working his way down South in 1905 and eventually settled in Cimiez, a suburb of Nice, in 1917. Unsurprisingly, this visually stimulating environment led him to dwell even deeper into his fearless exploration of forms and colors.  While Matisse’s oeuvre is remarkable for its boldness and eclecticism, the most touching testimony of the master’s deep love for the region is the Chapelle du Rosaire in Vence. He worked on it non-stop for four years and considered it his absolute masterpiece. On the other hand, for a more comprehensive view of his incredible creativity, you cannot miss the Matisse Museum in Nice.

With or without the Matisse connection, Nice remains one of the most attractive and fun cities on the Riviera. All types of accommodations are available there from New York Habitat. Read the entire story here…»


Photo of the Streets of Saint Tropez Photo of the Streets of Saint Tropez

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. Read the entire story here…»


St Tropez France pict St Tropez France

Since the days of Brigitte Bardot, St. Tropez has been known as a playground for the rich and famous.  But thanks to New York Habitat, you don’t have to be rich or famous to enjoy spectacular accommodations in Saint Tropez. This fall is a perfect time to visit: the temperatures are cooler, the tourists have all gone back to work, and the 10th annual St. Tropez Sails event will take place from September 24th to October 2th, 2011.

The name of the town comes from the martyr Saint Tropes, who was beheaded by the Emperor Nero in Pisa and then sent out to sea.  His body landed in the South of France. The town remained a quiet fishing village for much of its history, until the twentieth century, when it became the European vacation spot for celebrities from around the world, though it still retains much of its small-town charm.   Read the entire story here…»


There must be more than this provincial life…

3 Bedroom Rental French RivieraWhile Belle of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast longed to escape her small town in France, there are people from all over the world who are clambering to get in. Many small villages comprise the South of France and they attract scores of people each summer, hoping to relax and get away. New York Habitat highlights the town of La Garde Freinet, located in the French Riviera and near St. Tropez, as well as a secluded Three-Bedroom Villa (PR-741) .

Private, Three-Bedroom Villa in the French Riviera:

This traditional stone villa is located within a forest of the cork oak and pine trees that are characteristic of the area. There are no neighbors close by, which heightens the sense of privacy surrounding the French Riviera villa. Read the entire story here…»