A French Riviera Itinerary: 48 Hours In Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez: The place Brigitte Bardot made famous.  

What is the first image that comes up in your head when we mention Saint-Tropez? Designer boutiques, celebrities tanning, or exclusive beach clubs? Saint-Tropez’s bonafide popularity started when Parisian stars like Brigitte Bardot, began spending their summers there. Since then, this upscale city has attracted socialites, artists, politicians, movie icons, pop stars…etc. But Saint-Tropez is first and foremost a little southern French town with a preserved traditional architecture. Like most southern seaside towns, it was a modest fishing village. But it has come a long way since then! Here is how to make the most of 48h in Saint-Trop!

HOW TO GET THERE

Getting to Saint-Tropez is no easy task! We suggest taking the car, as it is by far the easiest solution! If that’s not an option, then you will have to take the train followed by the bus. But Saint-Tropez does not have a train station, which gets complicated. From Nice, take the train until Saint-Raphael, then proceed to the bus station to take one of the two buses that lead to Saint-Tropez.

Fortunately, we present you with a third option: the ferry. What better way to see the French Riviera than to take a boat off the coast? Departing from Nice’s harbor, it is approximately a two-hour boat ride, and the sights are breathtaking!

If there is one thing to retain: you must earn your weekend in Saint-Tropez!

DAY 1

Morning: The Citadel

Surrounding the old part of town, the striking citadel is hard to miss. Constructed in 1602 by the king’s engineer to prevent the Spanish from attacking; the citadel had a defensive purpose. But, in 1873 the fortress lost its function when its walls could no longer withstand the power of cannonballs. Typical of 17th century fortifications, admire the distinctive marks that adorn the façades. Overlooking Saint-Tropez and its harbor, the views are incredible, so we strongly urge you to climb at the top. If you see peacocks wandering around, don’t call the zoo! They are part of the citadel. You know you are in Saint-Tropez when exotic peacocks freely roam the grounds! Proud of Saint-Tropez’s maritime past, a Maritime Museum was built inside the citadel, so consider visiting it!

Lunch: The Senequier

29 Quai Jean Jaurès, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France

The Senequier café
The Senequier café. FACEBOOK Sénéquier

Located on the harbor, the Senequier is one of the most famous cafés in Saint-Tropez! Thanks to movies, such as: “Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez” and “Et Dieu…créa la femme,” the café has gained an undeniable importance. Attracting an overall jet set clientele and passing tourists, the Senequier is a must-do as it is one of the oldest and proudest institutions in this town. Opened since 1887, many people have walked the inside of this café, including: Jacques Chirac, Francois Pinault, Karl Lagerfeld, Brigitte Bardot…etc. Enjoy its sunny terrace either for a drink, lunch or dinner! A la carte: salmon, wild sea wolf, truffle raviolis, and marinated lobster. The Senequier revolves around two core values that haven’t changed since its opening: quality and authenticity. It is also the perfect spot to enjoy the typical southern delicacy: la Tropezienne!

The famous Tropezienne delicacy
The famous Tropezienne delicacy. FACEBOOK Sénéquier

Afternoon: Wander around Le Cap Camarat

Cap Camarat is covered in idyllic beaches, scenic bays, and beautiful wildlife. If you wish to see Saint-Tropez in its entirety, set sail to Cap Camarat then climb to the top of its lighthouse built in 1828! More than 130 meters high, this lighthouse is the second highest in France. Admire the beautiful coastlines, the bay of Pampelonne, and various caps. For adventure-seekers, hiking or scuba diving should be on your agenda! Cap Camarat is known for its incredibly rich flora and fauna so keep your eye out for snakes, lizards, tortoises, and falcons! For beach lovers, you are in luck! A picturesque beach rests at the foot of the lighthouse. Leave the noise of Saint-Tropez behind for a day and enjoy the calmness and the sense of wellness you will experience in this worthwhile destination.

Cap Camarat
Cap Camarat. FACEBOOK Regatta St Tropez

Drinks and Dinner: La Vague d’Or

Plage de la Bouillabaisse, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France

Sea Bass Filet
Sea Bass Filet. FACEBOOK La Vague d’Or by Arnaud Donckele

La Vague d’Or offers an orchestra of emotions, as you savor the dishes meticulously prepared by chef Arnaud Donckele. Voted as 2019’s best chef in the world, Chef Donckele pours his heart into each plate, mixing creativity and elegance. You have the choice between various set menus, each celebrating the history of Saint-Tropez. We can see the chef’s love and passion of food through his dishes. From cooked prawns seared in grapefruit to roasted filet mignon; every ingredient is fresh, local, and of the highest quality. Perfectly paired with a great wine, enjoy a three or seven course meal on the outdoor terrace bordered by pine trees in a typical southern ambiance. It is no wonder that La Vague d’Or is a three-starred Michelin restaurant!