Saint Tropez, France

“If the things that I love were sold, I would have gone bankrupt long ago… Because I love the sea, the sun and love.”
Pablo Picasso

It was in Saint-Tropez that the great artist painted portraits of his beloved Genevieve Laporte. And this is not surprising. It enchants everyone, this small town immersed in the sun – with narrow streets, old houses with tiled roofs, a medieval fortress overlooking the port, marvelous parks and picturesque beaches with azure Mediterranean waves. A city with an ancient history that gave it the melodic name of Saint-Tropez. A piece of paradise that inspired Paul Eluard, Pablo Picasso, Paul Signac and many other artists and poets, and became famous throughout the world with a film with Brigitte Bardot. A luxurious and fashionable resort where world celebrities come to rest, Saint-Tropez captivates with cozy sophistication, surrounded by sea, sun and love…

Geography and location
Saint-Tropez is a resort town and port located on the southeastern coast of France, on the Cote d’Azur, 60 km from Cannes. The city covers an area of ​​15.2 km2. and its population is about 6 thousand inhabitants.

Climate
Saint-Tropez has a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters (with an average temperature of +10°C) and warm, dry summers (with an average temperature of +25°C).

History
The origins of Saint-Tropez go back to the 2nd century BC, and the name of the city is associated with an ancient legend about the holy great martyr the Apostle Trofim (Tropis), who was beheaded during the time of Nero in the area of ​​​​the city of Pisa, and his body was sent in a boat that washed up on the shores of what is now Saint-Tropez. The city became famous in 1637, when its inhabitants repelled an attack from 22 Spanish galleons – since then, in honor of this victory, a traditional procession has been held here. In 1892, the famous artist Paul Signac moored to the shores of Saint-Tropez on his yacht Olympia and was so fascinated by the town that he bought a house here, from which he made a studio, and later other famous painters followed him – Matisse, Derain, Cross, Bonnard, Marquet, Picasso. Until the middle of the 20th century, Saint-Tropez was one of the largest ports in the Mediterranean, but the film “And God Created Woman” with Brigitte Bardot, filmed here by Roger Vadim in 1957, brought world fame to the city. After the release of the film, Saint-Tropez gains popularity as a fashionable and prestigious resort. Many famous films are filmed here, including comedies with Louis de Funes and the cult movie “The Pool” with Allen Delon and Romy Schneider. Today Saint-Tropez is one of the most glamorous and luxurious resorts on the Côte d’Azur.

Saint-Tropez Attractions 
The Annonciade Museum, an Impressionist museum located in the 17th century Annunciation Chapel, presents a collection of works by Impressionist artists who worked from 1890 to 1950.
The Citadel of Saint-Tropez is a majestic, historic 17th-century fortress overlooking the city. A breathtaking panorama opens from the height of the fortress. Now the citadel houses the Maritime Museum, where you can see models of ships and canvases of marine painters.
The Butterfly House is a wonderful museum displaying over 20,000 species of butterflies from around the world, including unique exhibits of these beautiful insects.

Restaurants
Restaurants in Saint-Tropez are characterized by exquisite cuisine, combining French and Provencal traditions.
Lei Mouscardins (rue Portalet) is a gourmet restaurant in the port of Saint-Tropez.
Spoon Byblos (Hotel Byblos) is the city’s hip gourmet restaurant.
La Bouillabaisse (quart Bouillabaisse) is an excellent Mediterranean beachfront restaurant.
Villa Romana (Rue Conquetes) is a gourmet Italian restaurant.
Hotel Pan Deipalais (rue Gambetta) – This restaurant serves French cuisine with Asian accents.
Le Saint Benoit (av. de la Costa Monaco) is a fish restaurant with panoramic sea views.

Saint Tropez, France