The French Riviera, of which Saint Tropez is a cornerstone, was initially made famous as a Winter holiday resort. In the 1950's the South of France became particularly endeared to the Hollywood set and the American literati who much preferred it as a summer jet set location with its luxury apartments, villas and yachts to rent.
Brigitte Bardot, the 1960's sex siren, is largely credited with putting St Tropez on the world map and raising the worlds level of consciousness to this little village. It became known as a summer location with it's famous beaches
Nowadays you are more likely to see Puff Daddy, Beyonce and the members of U2 and other rock bands sunning themselves in this celebrity hot spot. Quiet fishing village or celebrity haven, St Tropez has both to offer, all year round.
Springtime in St Tropez is one of the best times to visit. The summer crowds have not yet arrived, the weather is fresh and warm and the landscape is blooming into colourful life after the mild Winter. There is that springtime 'newness' to everything and a sense of preparation for things to come.
The weather, in late spring in particular, is starting to get beautiful and sunny. It will be warm enough to spend your days at the beach but without the fuss of the summer crowds. It's a time when you'll feel like you have St Tropez to yourself and are experiencing local life in a more true sense.
The arrival of summer sees the influx of most of Saint Tropez's tourists and the population can swell from little over to 5600 to 60,000. It's busy and vibrant and fun. There is a real party atmosphere in the city and the good humour seems to permeate everything.
Despite such a growth in numbers and everywhere being so busy for some reason nowhere ever seems to get particularly overcrowded. The long stretch of beaches and the nearby neighbouring towns and villages swallow the summer crowds with ease.
Winter in Saint Tropez is a quieter time. The town is transformed once again, back to a quiet fishing village, reclaimed by its residents and favoured by artists. It's possibly the time to go to get a taste of Saint Tropez as it really is, without the glitz and glamour of its summer visitors.
Winter is an entirely more gentle time that is for sure. The soft pink Winter light settles over a quiet port and the pace of life slows to match the season. There are still plenty of events but of a slower pace. Yachting Regattas in October, Piano recitals, talks by famous artists, courses on the history of art, theatre and cinema festivals.
Renting holiday Accommodation in St Tropez
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A 2 bedroom gîte in the heart of the Provençal countryside. This unique property sleeps up to 4 guests, has a pool, beautiful garden terrace, parking and is just 30 minutes away from the beaches and glamour of St Tropez.
An elegant Provençal gîte surrounded by the verdant hills of peaceful Les Mayons. This property sleeps up to 4 guests, is beautifully furnished, has a large feature fireplace, a pool and a stunning garden terrace draped with lavender.
The gite is not a luxury place but nicely set up. The owner is helpful and the cats are very friendly - bring some Whiskas when you go.
- Hannu Saarenmaa
A newly renovated, traditional Provençal gîte in Les Mayons. Ideal for a nature-loving family of four, this cozy gîte featues a swimming pool with poolside terrace, fireplace, indoor climbing plants and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
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