The peninsula of Saint Tropez
In the generally accepted sense, the peninsula comprises Saint Tropez, Ramatuelle and Gassin but can also include the town of Grimaud towards Sainte Maxime and La Croix Valmer with its famous Gigaro beach.
Saint Tropez is a town dedicated to art, culture and tradition. Celebrities, artists and writers all fell under its spell in the 1950s. Back then one could bump into Picasso, Francoise Sagan and Jacques Prévert amongst others. With the arrival of Brigitte Bardot in 1956 the myth was installed for good. People watching is a favourite sport in summer when visitors like to sit at the outdoor cafés hoping either to be seen or to see someone else. Huge yachts and sailing boats line up in the picturesque old port and Saint Tropez boasts some great beaches, including: La Moutte, Les Salins and Les Canoubiers. Religious and festive processions called Bravades are lively celebrations that begin in May and continue until 15 June. Saint Tropez’s true nature can still be appreciated in the off months. Wander its charming little streets and alleys to find markets such as those at Place aux Herbes and Place des Lices, before making a pit-stop at the famous brasserie Sénéquier. Alternatively, take a walk along the sentier littoral (coastal pathway). The primarily natural surroundings attract people who appreciate quietness whilst enjoying easy access to the town. One of the most expensive property domains on the peninsula is Les Parcs de Saint Tropez, home to various international stars.
Built against the hills, Ramatuelle offers a panoramic view of the Bay of Pampelonne. The medieval town is encircled by ramparts and ancient stone houses composed of three to four levels line the narrow streets. Some have a roof terrace overlooking the countryside, a few shelter a small patio or garden. The cultural life in Ramatuelle is particularly rich. There are renowned jazz and classical music festivals plus excellent theatre productions. Many foreigners have fallen in love with this area and have made it their holiday residence. From some areas of Ramatuelle one can see Pampelonne beach in the distance. These areas are close to the beach of Pampelonne with its famous restaurants like Club 55, Nikki Beach and Key West. Strolling on the sandy Pampelonne beach (5 km) is a pleasure all year round. In summertime the turquoise water is graced by beautiful yachts and sailing boats. Properties in these areas are often on a private, sometimes gated domain. They are close to one other but still provide great privacy and a holiday feeling, often with a breath-taking sea view. These areas can be found along the rocky beaches of Ramatuelle, which are less crowded than Pampelonne beach and are attractive because of their varied natural settings.
The old town of Gassin, complete with winding streets and ancient houses, is perched high up on a rock in the middle of the peninsula. Its location is really quite exceptional overlooking vineyards, woods and the Gulf of Saint Tropez. From the top of the ramparts is a magnificent view that extends from the Iles d’Or over the Massif des Maures all the way to the snowy peaks of the Alps. Gassin is similar to the old town of Ramatuelle. There is a very nice spot on the west side of Gassin, which overlooks the vineyards towards the Gulf of Saint Tropez. You will find typical Provençal restaurants strung along the romantic square – an ideal place to escape the crowded beaches in summer and enjoy a light lunch or candle-lit dinner.
By Valérie Chandler
Saint Tropez Home Finders SAS
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