If you’re heading to Saint-Tropez this summer and wondering how to spend your time, we have the perfect top 10 list. It offers something for everyone from shopaholics to culture vultures. A helicopter from Nice to St Tropez only takes 20 minutes, so you will have extra time to fit in more sights.
1. Visit Pampelonne’s Beach Clubs
Bridget Bardot immortalised Pampelonne Beach in the 1950s when she frolicked on its shores in the film ‘….And God Created Woman’. It is now one of the most famous beaches in Europe, if not the world, and it continues to attract famous faces. The three-mile stretch of soft white sand is home to legendary beach clubs such as Nikki Beach and Club 55 where visitors lounge under colourful umbrellas and swim in crystalline waters. The atmosphere is upbeat with music provided by top DJs.
2. Attend a Music Festival
If you fancy a change from partying at the local beach clubs, the St Tropez area hosts some diverse music festivals. Les Grimaldines world music festival takes place from 11th July – 1st August in Grimaud Village. This year’s line-up includes China Moses and blues musician Lucky Peterson who will perform in the medieval village’s atmospheric venues, including the castle grounds. Classical music fans will enjoy the outdoor concerts of Les Nuits du Chateau de la Moutte which take place in the courtyard of a 19th-century castle that overlooks the sea. It takes place on 6 dates from 1st-13th August and includes jazz concerts and a Cuban night.
3. Go Shoe Shopping
More specifically, go sandal shopping at the Rondini family’s store. All St Tropeziennes know that the sandals made at 16 Rue Clemenceau are high quality and perfect for the town’s cosmopolitan streets. The speciality shoemaker has been creating beautiful, colourful sandals since 1927 and they are essential footwear for your time on the Riviera.
4. Visit a Vineyard
The vineyards of St Tropez are famous for their high-quality and refreshing rosé wines. The Domaine Bertaud Belieu Vineyard has been made famous by Leonardo Di Caprio’s annual gala that has taken place there over the past four years. If you’re lucky enough to attend the event on 26th July this year, you’ll get to sample the wine for yourself. However, those who aren’t attending the ultra-exclusive event can still purchase it from the vineyard, which is located in the picturesque village of Gassin. The estate dates back to 1340 and it covers more than 600 hectares.
5. Dine at the 3-Michelin Star La Vague d’Or
Star chef Arnaud Donckele impresses a discerning clientele with his culinary skills at the Résidence de la Pinède on the Plage de la Bouillabaisse. Donckele is the youngest chef to be awarded three stars by the coveted Michelin Guide and his kitchen at La Vague d’Or restaurant produces cuisine of seriously high quality. The restaurant is situated in immaculate grounds with stunning views of the Mediterranean and is shaded by a combination of white parasols and pine trees.
6. Find a Quiet Beach
Despite St Tropez’s party atmosphere, there are some quiet coves and rocky inlets along the shore where visitors can find some peace and quiet. Plage l’Escalet remains a relatively undiscovered gem on the St Tropez peninsula with its powder white sands and clear blue waters that are ideal for snorkelling. It is just a short drive from the picturesque inland village of Ramatuelle.
7. Explore the Citadel
The 16th-century Citadel sits atop a green and wooded hill, offering views across the town and out to sea. Beyond the glamour of St Tropez, the region had a surprising eventful past and the castle’s interior houses a museum of its maritime history.
8. Place des Lices
St Tropez’s large central square is the focal point of local St Tropez life and a prime spot for elderly residents to play boules under the plane trees by the Cafe des Arts. On Tuesday and Saturday mornings, a traditional Provençal market brings the square to life with colourful stalls filled with fresh local fruit. This contrasts with the roll call of Bentleys, Ferraris and Porsches that line the surrounding streets.
9. Attend Les Voiles de St Tropez
At the end of the summer season, the Golfe de Saint Tropez bursts with over 300 classic sailing yachts as Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez puts on a dazzling show. The prestigious international regatta is the highlight of the classic racing season in the Mediterranean. The atmosphere in town is fantastic at this time as both participants and spectators enjoy the opportunity to socialise and have fun.
10. Fly In and Out Via Helicopter
It’s no fun sitting in peak season traffic when you could be catching the summer sun on the beach or doing any of the other activities outlined above. Not only do you get breathtaking views of the Cote d’Azur, but if you hire a private helicopter to St Tropez, you can also be taken straight to places that have helicopter landing spots, such as Tahiti Beach. If you’re short on time, a helicopter to St Tropez is a practical and memorable solution.
If you would like more information, about our helicopter transfers to and from St Tropez, please contact Monacair.