The number one priority for many St Tropez holiday makers is proximity to the sea. Here are some of the reasons to rent one of the many villas in St Tropez near the seaside.
As with all beach resorts, the sea is the main factor which draws people to visit St Tropez. The Côte d’Azur, or French Riviera, which runs along the Mediterranean coastline, is known as one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in Europe. It gained its name from the pure ‘azure,’ or bright blue, colour of the sea in the area. The stunning Mediterranean Sea is seen at its best in the South of France, and whether you come to St Tropez as a water sports enthusiast, with a yacht or small boat, or simply to swim and sunbathe, it’s sure to make up a huge part of your St Tropez experience.
Brigitte Bardot was discovered in St Tropez, and her iconic look centres on her beach outfits: the damp tangled hair, striped sailor’s tops and bare feet which encapsulated casual sexy glamour for a century. Most of the visitors to rent a St Tropez villa come to get a taste of seaside life, and none are disappointed by the idyllic slice of beach life which St Tropez offers.
There isn’t just one beach in St Tropez – the last few decades of tourism have made several nearby beaches popular. The most famous beaches – those originally enjoyed by the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Coco Chanel – are those along the Pampelonne stretch. However, these can be very expensive. A villa in St Tropez along Pampelonne can cost over £10,000 a week. While some people think that the iconic nature of these beaches makes them worth the money, others are prepared to compromise prime location in exchange for a hefty drop in price ticket. Below are outlined some of the most popular alternatives
- Gassin is becoming increasingly popular. This area is still south of the town, so that good beaches are not too far away (approximately four kilometres), and is full of pretty and picturesque villages which can provide a wonderful Cote d’Azur experience. The beach is only a short drive, but the countryside is lovely and the roads less crowded.
- Grimaud is a perched village dominated by an 11th century castle, located seven kilometres west of St Tropez. Villas here are popular with boat owners, as the port is very close. It’s also the perfect place for people who want a quiet break, as the old village of Grimaud is completely traffic-free.
- Golfers visiting St Tropez tend to stay in Beauvallon, mainly because of Beauvallon Golf Club, which hosts a fine 18 hole golf course in a rural setting around the village. Beauvallon is separated from St Tropez by a narrow gulf, which means that villas here often have a direct view of St Tropez and of the sea. The downside is that the traffic around the gulf into town can be bad but he Beauvallon Hotel operates a ferry service which can take thosewho don’t feel like driving over the gulf to St Tropez in a matter of minutes. Beauvallon is close to some beautiful beaches, and is becoming more and more popular.
Wherever you stay in the St Tropez area, you’re sure to be close to some fabulous quality seafood restaurants and rural French bars. The beaches of St Tropez boast their own extravagant night clubs, such as the Club 55 and Nikki Beach, which are available to anyone coming into the St Tropez city beach from one of the villas in the other regions. The St Tropez region is designed around tourism, and all St Tropez villas offer easy access to the beach – so don’t be intimidated by Pampelonne prices, but pick the villa that’s right for you and enjoy the time of your life on this historic stretch of the Cote d’Azur.