My dream vacation in Saint-Tropez, France
Reviews > Europe > France > Saint-tropez > My dream vacation in Saint-Tropez
Everybody has dreams. Everybody has dreams about places to see. A few have their dreams fulfilled. The rest of us, well, we just keep dreaming, and hoping. One of my dreams lies on the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) in an heavenly landscape, with golden beaches and a gentle sun. Saint-Tropez, because this is the place I’m aiming to get to (and trust me, I will get to), It’s a commune (not even a town) with barely 5500 inhabitants, but with a lot to offer. I think that God put a piece of heaven there, just for us earthling to taste it a bit.
I admit, what drove my attention to this marvelous place was the famous movie series, Le gendarme de St. Tropez with the French star Louis de Funès. It was love at first movie. I really enjoyed the calm that surrounded the place, the candor that was spreading across the whole town. The combination between old and new, between history and modernism is just stunning. Since then I have this one goal (well, among many others): I will visit Saint-Tropez during my lifetime.
It appears that I’m not the only one who became attached to this. The small city is home to a bunch of celebrities who seek for peace and relaxation in this “pigeon-hole”. Over 110 hectares of land is occupied now by really expensive houses (10-70 million dollars, each) of some really well paid stars. Let’s see some examples. Luc Besson, the well known French director bought a 1.82 million house in 1995. This blessing also cost him a big fine, because he got greedy and built a 370 square meters pool without approval. Johnny Deep and Vanessa Paradis wanted to stay away from the annoying paparazzi and Saint-Tropez was the best choice they could make. Michael Schumacher, the Formula 1 King wants to leave the speed and enjoy the slowness of live in a 5.3 million house built over 50 hectares. What’s interesting is that he didn’t get the approval to build a basement to keep his wine so now he’s obliged to take wine from the locals. Not really a punishment, because the local wine is known to be extraordinary. Elton John has also a crib near the Mediterranean Sea. The most spectacular transaction took place in 2004 when Mohamed al Fayed bought a 2000 square meters house with a 10 hectares land surrounding it. So, if you want to be among stars, you really have to check Saint-Tropez. Of course, only if money fall from your pockets. Speaking of stars, the well known diva Brigitte Bardot used to come to Saint-Tropez in the 50’s and 60’s, showing off some really appealing bathing suits. Since then the Saint-Tropez beaches received a well deserved fame.
In the 90’s Saint-Tropez was the perfect destination for the nostalgic, now Saint-Tropez change the rhythm. That doesn’t mean that art, culture and traditions are not well valued here. On contrary, history passionate will find here everything they need from museums, churches and memorial houses. It is worth mentioning Musee de l’Annonciade, Citadelle de St.Tropez or Maison des papillons. Food specialties are to found everywhere and the 12 markets with vegetables, fruits, flowers or fish are a delight for anyone. The port is filled with traditional boats, and the narrow streets are even more crowded with coffee places or restaurants. The beach is well suited for a five star relaxation.
For accommodation, if you have enough money you can chose one of the really expensive hotels in the commune. Or, if you are like me, you’ll manage with an accommodation somewhere close to Sait-Tropez or, for a large group it’s even suited to rent a house.I can’t wait to get there!
Things about Saint-tropez you may be interested inBe the first who requests a site listing for this page.
Recommended Aix-en-provence Guide
Aix-en-Provence is the Provencal town par excellence. A mere dozens of miles away from Marseille, Aix couldn’t possibly be more different from a large metropolitan area. The charm of Aix-en-Provence resides precisely in its quiet, picturesque atmosphere that has inspired great artistic geniuses such as Cezanne or Zola. Aix-en-Provence takes itself quite seriously, so you can expect to pay quite a steep price for your holiday. The city is somewhat similar to Paris’s Ile de la Cite, full of students and bohemians, but if nightlife is your only reason for coming to Aix, Marseille would be a more suitable destination. But if you do... Read more »
Recent reviews for Saint-tropez
What to see and do in Calais - Aug 31, 2009, by Sayuri87
Calais is a seaport, actually the busiest French passenger port, and manufacturing town in northern France It is located in Pas-de-Calais department and it is the shortest way from France to Britain. It is only 21 miles (34 km) from Dover... Read more »
You will need a lot of time in Paris - Aug 27, 2009, by erato
Paris is just as beautiful as they say. The whole city, the streets, the buildings. Although, I didn't like the contrast between the old buildings and the very modern ones next to each other. The city was also extremely crowded, there... Read more »
Kurzen Besuch in Straßburg - Jul 10, 2009, by mary
Über Straßburg Straßburg liegt im Nordosten Frankreichs direkt neben Deutschland und ist seit 1949 Sitz der Europarates und damit der älteste Rat Europas. Auf der französischen Seite Straßburgs hat man eine... Read more »
Visit the Eiffel Tower - Apr 30, 2009, by cipristb
The Eiffel Tower is considered the symbol of Paris and one of the most nonconformist architectural piece of art in the world, even if at first it was met with skepticism. It was designed by Gustave Eiffel and inaugurated in 1889. The tower... Read more »
Getting around in Paris - Dec 18, 2008, by Wazling
At that time, when i've been there, it was really nice, 'cause you could find at every corner a bar, restaurant or coffe bar, where you could eat and drink something. I had pleasant experiences with the Chinese restaurant and bar next to... Read more »
More reviews you might be interested in
Nassau reviews - Bahamas
Come and enjoy two exotic destinations in the Atlantic. The two Caribbean islands located southeast of the capital city Nassau, named Acklins...
The best places on the Bahamas
Niagara Falls reviews - Ontario
This was my second trip to the Niagara Falls. I was here about 17 years ago, so it's been a while. However, it was perfectly stuck in my memories....
Watching the Niagara Falls from Canada
Tripolis reviews - Greece
If you don't have a car, you should really check public traffic schedules, otherwise you're stuck in the middle of nowhere, like I was! Tripolis is...
Short visit in Tripolis
Eger reviews - Hungary
In the North-Eastern part of Hungary lays the city of Eger, famous for the wine produced in the area and the battle of Eger in 1552 – and the...
Visit in Eger, the city of Hungarian heroes
Capri reviews - Italy
Capri is a really lovely island. Even the roman emperors saw that. Tiberius has had a great villa on the highest spot of the island. It's nice to...
Capri, the best place in Greece
Muang Krabi reviews - Thailand
We got up early morning and headed out to the airport. The airline which even I didn’t know “One Two Go” was pretty good and...
Adventures in Ao Nang
Austin reviews - Texas
Austin is a city of the Texas that possesses countless dazzling features, exciting sites to see and background to look. It is community as to...
Things to see in Austin
Indianapolis reviews - Indiana
Indianapolis is a capital that provides an extensive range of entertainment to guests. It’s the bureaucrat recreational games capital of the...
On vacation in Indianapolis
Yellowstone reviews - Wisconsin
The following content has been provided generously by the Geyser Guru David Monteith, whatever you see here about Yellowstone Park Geysers is...
The geysers of Yellowstone Park
Belle Vue reviews - British Virgin Islands
Jost Van Dyke, a small island of only four miles long, lies to the North of the British Virgin Islands, having as neighbors the U.S. Virgin Islands...
Tiny little paradise on Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Islands