A former fishing village made famous by the actress Brigitte Bardot; Saint-Tropez is an unmissable place to visit in Var. Its appearance changes with the seasons but is always totally charming. In summer, Saint-Tropez becomes a hip seaside resort where the world's jet set likes to gather. Visitors enjoy strolling around the harbour, admiring a luxurious array of sailboats and yachts. At this time of year, it's lively every day and night, and the village centre is always busy with its restaurants, designer boutiques, cafés and nightclubs.
But Saint-Tropez is more than just a glamorous party spot. Outside of the summer period, peace and authenticity reign in this picturesque Provençal village. In fact, this is the best time to discover all its charms. Start your visit with the most emblematic locations like the harbour, prettily lined by houses with colourful façades, the typical neighbourhood of La Ponche, and Place des Lices, where locals play boules in the shade of the plane trees.
Then go up to the citadel ramparts to enjoy a splendid view over the village rooftops, the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, the Maures and the Esterel! Consisting of a keep and three round towers, it dates from the 17th century and now houses a living and modern museum about Saint-Tropez's maritime history.
Other unmissable historic buildings include the Parish Church of Our Lady of the Assumption. Built in 1784 in the Italian Baroque style, it includes decorative elements dating back to the time of Louis XV, as well as statues and carved woodwork from the early 19th century. You will also be able to admire the bust of St. Torpes (known as Saint Tropez in French), the same one that is carried in procession during the Bravades, a traditional festival that takes place in May and honours the village's military and religious past. A true emblem of Saint-Tropez, the church's purple and gold bell tower is crowned by a small campanile.
Art-lovers will not want to miss the Annonciade Museum, located in the eponymous chapel, where collections of paintings dating from the 19th and 20th centuries are on display.