|Destination: French Riviera|
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This charming fishing port, which reached the height of international fame in the 'swinging' sixties, continues to attract the rich and famous, even though its hedonistic image has become a little stale, this tourist honeypot remains one of the most seductive resorts of the entire Riviera.It is fun to rub shoulders with the glitterati in the waterfront cafés, and to wonder at the grandiose yachts moored before the distinctive backdrop of pink and yellow pastel-hued houses, reconstructed after being destroyed in 1944. But take time to explore the maze of narrow streets and squares of old St-Tropez, where there is a village-like atmosphere with markets, chic boutiques and bistros.
The town has long been a popular meeting place for artists. Liszt and de Maupassant were its first celebrities in the 1880s, followed by the painter Signac a decade later. Soon the works of Matisse, Bonnard, Utrillo and Dufy were to immortalise the town on canvas. Painters were followed by an influx of writers between the wars - Colette, Cocteau and Anaïs Nin. Then in the 1950s it was the turn of the film stars, led by the famous Tropezienne, Brigitte Bardot, whose film Et Dieu Créa La Femme
(1956) marked the start of a new, permissive era.
St-Tropez' star-studded list of residents includes Elton John, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Michel Jarre and, everything here continues to be extravagant, decadent and excessive. Little wonder the French endearingly call it St 'Trop' ('too much').
Boat: Motorboat services run around St-Tropez bay and to Port-Grimaud, Ste-Maxime, les Issambres, St-Raphaël and the Îles de Lérins
Other: Cogolin, Port-Grimaud
Info: quai Jean Jaurès Phone: 04 94 97 45 21