48 Hours in Saint Tropez
- June 28, 2016
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Begin your visit with a physical – and metaphorical – dip into the French Riviera. Saint Tropez’s famous harbor is a site that shouldn’t be missed. The harbor was once filled with fishing boats, but is now bustling with fleets of sail regattas and luxurious yachts. Sit at a shore-side café, sip a steaming cup of French coffee, and indulge in a crunchy pastry as you watch the boats go in and out of the harbor.
Next, a local experience. Walk from the harbor along the Rue Georges Clemenceau and you’ll run head first into the Marche des Lices. Stock up on ripe, local produce, crispy baguettes and decadent French cheeses in this open air market. If you have a moment, watch the villagers play petanque in the square. You can even join in on the fun if you’re feeling especially bold.
Spend the afternoon at the Pampelonne Beach, which is located three miles from the town of Saint Tropez. This will give you a great excuse to drive down the coastline, wind in your hair, like Grace Kelly herself. Pampelonne, with its beautiful white sand and clear blue water, is where you’ll find private beaches and opportunities for sunbathing and watersports.
Once you’re thoroughly sun-soaked, head back to the hotel and get cleaned up for dinner. Colette is our glam dinner location of choice – just make a reservation in advance. With wonderful service, decadent food, and an inviting atmosphere, what’s not to love?
You can’t leave Saint Tropez without at least attempting to surround yourself in some local culture. Let’s tackle architecture. Saint Tropez’s iconic yellow church stands as a colorful beacon on the French Riviera. You might have seen this church in movies or even paintings. Step inside, walk around, and snap a few pictures for a beautiful experience you won’t soon forget.
Alternatively, you could go the celebrity-spotting route in the morning with a boat tour in Saint Tropez Bay. This quick cruise will give you a peek of the celebrity houses tucked into the hilly landscape.
For lunch, walk to La Ponche, the historic fishing quarter of Saint Tropez. Amble down cobblestone roads, admire row after row of orange-colored houses, and take your pick of authentic Mediterranean restaurants. Being in such close proximity to the water, we find that the fish is exceedingly fresh and tasty regardless of which restaurant you choose. After you’ve had your après-lunch espresso, gather your things and jaunt to Port Grimaud, located four miles from Saint Tropez.
Port Grimaud is regularly referred to as the “Venice of the South of France” due to its city-wide system of canals. At Port Grimaud, you’ll find a plethora of hole-in-the-wall shops and inviting cafes. Embrace the local feeling by getting Italian style gelato, finding the perfect spot near the water, and settling in for some excellent people watching.
Once the sun sets, freshen up for dinner in your cozy hotel room. Complete the quick trip with a delicious, lingering dinner at Le Girelier. Indulge in any seafood you fancy, and allow a sommelier to select the perfect wine to go with your meal. Finally, wrap your 48-hour escape up into a bow with a romantic stroll down the coast with your love.
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