St Tropez, France

Under the hot sun, jet-setters pose on the promenade, basking in the enviable gleam of super-yachts and super-tans. Honeymooners, movie stars and millionaires mingle in slinky cocktail lounges, while the party crowd soak each other with champagne at Nikki Beach. But step back a little, away from the port and its A-list shenanigans, and a different Riviera light shines. Welcome to a more insouciant St Tropez, where pétanque balls clack in sandy, tree-lined squares, and senior citizens sup pastis in humble cafés. To be stylishly simple and flagrantly status-hungry takes confidence – and this town’s got it in spades.

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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.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    From the UK | British Airways | BMI Baby | EasyJet and Flybe fly to Nice | 90 minutes from St Tropez by car (;;; The nearest airport is Toulon | served from Bristol and London Stansted by Ryanair in summer (
  • Trains

    From London, take the train via Lille to Marseille (; from Paris, board the TGV (www. From Marseille to St Raphaël (as near as the railway gets to St Trop) the train offers deckchair views.
  • Automobiles

    It’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).
  • Taxis

    You 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

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