20 Unmissable Attractions in St Tropez

Pampelonne Beach in St Tropez is just one of many unmissable attractions | © akunamatata/Flickr
Pampelonne Beach in St Tropez is just one of many unmissable attractions | © akunamatata/Flickr
Photo of Alex Ledsom
16 May 2017

St Tropez has a big reputation and it certainly lives up to expectation. Here’s our guide on the top 20 unmissable attractions, ranging from the architecture and museums to the spectacular beaches.

Musée de l'Annonciade

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L'orage de Saint Tropez by Signac (The storm of St Tropez) is in the museum Annonciade
L'orage de Saint Tropez by Signac (The storm of St Tropez) is in the museum Annonciade | © WikiCommons
The Annonciade museum calls itself the oldest avante-garde art museum in France. Established in the mid 20th century, it showcases work by modern artists like Paul Signac – who came to St Tropez in the 1890s and encouraged other artists to do the same. It is housed in an old converted chapel, built by monks in the 16th century.

The Tour du Portalet

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The Tour du Portalet was one of four towers to protect St Tropez | © Lluís Garcia/Flickr

The Tour du Portalet

St Tropez originally had four towers built along the coastline to protect it from a sea invasion. The Tour de Portalet is the one that is in best condition.

Tour du Portalet, St Tropez, France

Tour du portalet. St tropez

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Musée de la Gendarmerie et du Cinéma

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Musée de la Gendarmerie et du Cinéma

The old “gendarmerie” used to be the police headquarters. Now it is the Museum for Police and Cinema, showcasing St Tropez’s unique history with cinema (many movies have been filmed here including the smash 60s, The Troops of St Tropez).

Rencontre avec #louisdefunes et découverte de la Gendarmerie de Cruchot !!!! #sttropez #vintage #musee

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The Citadel

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The view from the St Tropez citadel offers amazing views | © John M/Flickr

The Citadel

The Citadel was the fortress built to protect St Tropez from attack, but it was decommissioned when modern ammunition became too powerful for it to withstand. It now offers great views over the entire town and bay beyond.

Citadelle, St Tropez, France

The view from the St Tropez citadel offers amazing views | © John M/Flickr

Pampelonne Beach

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Pampelonne Beach

Pampelonne beach was made famous by Brigitte Bardot when she arrived in the 60s to make a movie. It’s actually a very long bay – made up of beaches with different names – technically Pampelonne beach is in the middle of them all. It’s still the beach to go to, to be seen.

Plage de Pampelonne, St Tropez, France

Club 55

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Club 55

When Brigitte Bardot and the film crew first went to Pampelonne beach to shoot their movie, they erected a makeshift hut on the beach to feed everyone. Over time it has become more of a permanent structure but is still the place to have an idyllic lunch with price tags to match. It’s a key celebrity haunt.

Club 55, Boulevard Patch, St Tropez, France

La Tarte Tropézienne

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Eating a Tarte Tropézienne is a vital part of any stay in St Tropez | © Merle ja Joonas/Flickr

La Tarte Tropézienne

In the 1950s, a Polish baker, Alexandre Micka, opened a bakery in the main square in St Tropez. He designed a new dessert, based on the French brioche and his grandmother’s recipe. He was asked to do the catering for Brigitte Bardot’s film crew at Club 55. She loved the cake, gave it a name – La Tarte Tropézienne – and it is now one of the most loved desserts in this region of the French Riviera. Visit the original Tarte Tropézienne on

Le lundi au soleil 🌞 #latartetropezienne #lelundiausoleil #sainttropez #sttropez #food #cake #instafood #miam

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The Quai Jean Jaurés

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The Quai Jean Jaurés

St Tropez is well known for its affleunt visitors and every summer, large yachts moor on the quay and celebrities and the uber-rich drink their cocktails and party until dawn. It’s a great place to have a morning coffee or evening drink, watch the sun go down and people-watch.

Quai Jean Jaurés, St Tropez, France

Сан Тропе🛥⚓️

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Tahiti Beach

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Tahiti Beach

This has been ‘clothing optional’ since the 1960s. These days, real nudists tend to head to the actual nudist camps nearby, but you’ll still see the occasional nudist. It has a relaxed atmosphere.

Tahiti Beach, St Tropez, France