St Tropez is on the southern shores of the Golfe de St-Tropez and was originally a small fishing village that grew up around a port founded by the Greeks of Marseille, which was destroyed by the Saracens in 739 and finally fortified in the late Middle Ages.
Since early sailors happened upon St Tropez there has been a development lead form the times the painter and leader of the neo-Impressionists, Paul Signac, was sailing down the coast when bad weather forced him to moor in St-Tropez. With the introduction of Paul Signac‚Äôs artist friends to St Tropez such as Matisse Bonnard and Dufy, St Tropez soon spawned a strong culture of artist based cultures
In 1956 Roger Vadim
arrived to film Brigitte Bardot in Et Dieu Créa la Femme .
The international cult of Tropezian sun, sex and celebrities took
off and the resort has been a draw for the rich and famous ever since.
St-Tropez in the high summer can be very difficult to approach by road due to congestion (sailing in can be a good alternative). Once in St Tropez though you will find a wide choice of restaurants and designer shops.
Tel: (33) 494 22 81 60 (nearest)