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A Day Out at St Tropez From Our Villa in Claviers, Provence

A Day Out at St Tropez From Our Villa in Claviers, Provence

A trip to St Tropez is always a highlight. Go really early to avoid the traffic in peak season or go mid afternoon - when there is less traffic too.

We go to the big Pampelonne Plage (beach) which is one of the best beaches on the Cote d’Azur (French Riviera). So just before entering St Tropez town you turn right signposted the beaches. After a few kilometres you start seeing signs for the exotically named beaches. Turn left off the main road at any one of about 5 little lanes that lead to various parts of the beach. Park up under the shade if you can and stroll onto the stunning sandy beach.

For a little bit of luxury or for a special treat hire one of the loungers with thick cushions and beach umbrellas. Otherwise just plonk yourself on the sand in front of this stunning bay and admire all the enormous yachts and gin palaces at anchor. In the summer the sea is incredibly warm and safe. We love people watching and towards the end of the day the big super yachts weigh anchor and sail round the headland into St Tropez harbour.

After an exhausting day of swimming and sun bathing - don’t forget your sun block - the Provencal sun is fierce, we head off into the town.

Park up and walk past all the beautiful designer clothing shops and onto the harbour where al the big boats are moored for the night. Some of these have to be seen to be believed and across from the main harbour is a wharf where the biggest boats, too large for the harbour have to moor up for the night. Some of these boats are mind boggling and the names are very interesting too.

Eating on the front is expensive but if you go early you can grab a reasonably priced pizza (reasonable for St Tropez that is) or content yourself with a beer and people watching. There are super yachts and super cars, stunning motorbikes and a lot of very beautiful and expensively dressed people.

Our other favourite thing to do is to grab an ice cream at the big ice cream shop on the left of the harbour as you look at the boats, they have something like a hundred different flavours and are always busy.  We love St Tropez and the sun setting on the boats and traditional old buildings is a very special sight - see our photos.

After a day of seeing how the other half live, we then return to the peace and quiet of the villa. Back to normality!

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