St Tropez, France
Areas in St Tropez
When to go
The season in St Tropez follows the sailing calendar: May to September are the best months to go. Check your dates for diary clashes with regattas, when crowds and congestion may potentially mar your trip.
PlanesFrom the UK | British Airways | BMI Baby | EasyJet and Flybe fly to Nice | 90 minutes from St Tropez by car (www.ba.com; www.bmibaby.com; www.easyjet.com; www.flybe.com). The nearest airport is Toulon | served from Bristol and London Stansted by Ryanair in summer (www.ryanair.com).
TrainsFrom London, take the train via Lille to Marseille (www.eurostar.com); from Paris, board the TGV (www. tgv.com). From Marseille to St Raphaël (as near as the railway gets to St Trop) the train offers deckchair views.
AutomobilesIt’s a long way from the UK to this easterly port | and only a masochist would take their motor into St Tropez itself. Determined drivers can use the Autotrain from Paris to Avignon or Nice | instead | and clock up the mileage from there (0844 848 4050).
TaxisYou risk paying €25 to travel a distance that would take minutes on foot, so stick to walking or hotel shuttles.
After-dark holiday entertainment needn’t mean sangria-crawls down the Magaluf mile, especially when you’ve got the cocktail-clinking of Palma’s Old Town a few miles up the Mallorcan coast: book a place among the beautiful people at Puro Hotel’s buzzy, DJ-soundtracked beach club. Sunsets at San Giorgio in Mykonos are crowd-pullingly spectacular, but that’s not the end of the entertainment, rather an invitation to dance the night away under the stars. Glamourpusses: dress up in your designer best for martinis in Miami or champagne in St Tropez.