An easy way to get to St Tropez is to take the Trans Côte D’azur boat, departing from Nice (Lunel Quay) or Cannes (Quay Saint Pierre). I normally suffer from awful sea sickness but even in choppy waters, it was quite a smooth crossing. To secure your place, reserve online and pay at the office the day before departure.
When I arrived in St Tropez, I immediately headed for Dior des Lices. This pop up restaurant (open May to October), located in the heart of the island, is a beautiful little spot to wine and dine. With breakfast, lunch and dinner menus by 3-star Michelin chef Yannick Alléno, there is something for everyone. This intimate outdoor restaurant, set in the garden of the Dior boutique, offers exceptional service and delicious food. The peaceful atmosphere makes for a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets.
Getting there: 13 rue François Sibilli. Less than a five minute walk from the Tourist Office
After a scrumptious meal at Dior des Lices, I explored the winding streets of St. Tropez. A mix of seaside village charm and luxury boutiques and restaurants, it is easy to see why the rich and famous flock here during the summer months.
I headed for the hills and visited La Citadelle de Saint Tropez. From here you can admire some impressive views looking out over St. Tropez and the sea. La Citadelle, commissioned by Henry IV, was built in 1602 incase of Spanish invasion.
On the way down, I lost myself amongst the maze of streets. Having studied Swimwear Design at Milan Fashion Campus in Italy, I ventured into nearly every bikini store the island had to offer. Rue Général Allard is particularly good, with a string of swimwear boutiques on the one road, its makes finding the perfect swimsuit an absolute breeze!
If you like vintage or costume jewellery, St. Tropez has some absolute gems. I stumbled across this vintage boutique, not far from the steps leading up to La Citadelle. There are also markets held every Tuesday and Saturday mornings along Place des Lices, where you can discover a treasure trove of vintage pieces.
Even though I had already munched on the cute D’choux for dessert at Dior des Lices (the little pastry buns with icing and a sweet creamy filling), I popped into Ladurée and just couldn’t resist picking up a box of eight macaroons. I collect Ladurée boxes and St. Tropez has its own special one…the perfect souvenir to take back home to Ireland with me.
I headed on towards the harbour and took a leisurely stroll along the pier. I ended the day taking the coastal road to Pampelonne Beach, discovering the beauty of the peninsula along the way. Soaking in the sun and breathing in the fresh salty air was the perfect way to end my adventure to St. Tropez.
I thoroughly enjoyed my day in St. Tropez. I would highly recommend it to anyone holidaying in the French Riviera. A glamorous, yet charming seaside town, with the hustle and bustle of the colourful streets, the famous marina and the quiet coastal paths around the peninsula, it offers something for everyone.