Compare cheap hotels in France for great deals. Pure romance, gastronomic delights, sumptuous wine, stunning tourist attractions, top class skiing and glamorous coastal resorts all combine to make France officially the most popular holiday destination on the planet! Typically attracting over eighty million tourists each year, France aims to please…and does so effortlessly.
Even the campsites in France are special, and are more akin to miniature theme park resorts! Add in the wonderful Mediterranean climate in the south of the country, where average summer temperature highs hit over twenty-five degrees, and the cooler climate of the sun-capped Mont Blanc region, and you can see why France needs to be experienced at least once!
The attractions in France are truly spectacular. Who could fail to be impressed with such wonders as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sacre Coeur Basilica, the Louvre Museum, the Palais des Papes, the Pont du Gard Bridge, Mont Saint Michel Island, Chateau de Chambard, the Palace of Versailles and the many D Day sights, including the sombre Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial!
Add in the swanky beaches, harbours, promenades, nightclubs and casinos of the French Riviera (which typically gets over three hundred days of sun each year). The stunning ski resorts in the Alps (particularly Chamonix with its Mont Blanc Mountain backdrop), the awe-inspiring natural/national parks in Provence, the stately castles in the Loire Valley…and of course the ‘romantic ambience’ of Paris, and you get just a tiny sample of what this very proud country has to offer the lucky visitor!
And in case you think the kids might still be a little underwhelmed with all this extravagance, you can always bring them to Disneyland Paris to shake Mickey Mouse’s hand, before letting them experience all the thrills and spills of the park’s Indiana Jones, Star Wars or Phantom Manor rides!
France is gourmet heaven, with more world class chefs and restaurants than any food lover could dream of. Beef bourguignon, coq au vin, ratatouille, bouillabaisse (fish stew), cassoulet (bean and meat casserole), fois gras, crepes, croissants, crème brulee, quiche, baguettes, escargots (snails), frogs legs, gratin duphinois…and not forgetting the humble garlic bulb, are all French specialities of the house! Dairy lovers can also indulge themselves by savouring the country’s finest, famous cheeses, including brie, camembert and roquefort.
The true home of the grape, France excels in producing some of the finest wines in the world, so much so that many visitors’ holiday itineraries are based solely around sampling as much of this fine elixir as possible! Tasting trips to vineyards in the more popular French wine growing regions of Rhone, Burgundy, Alsace, Bordeaux, Beaujolais…and not forgetting Champaign, are becoming increasingly popular. And just for the record, France produces an incredible eight billion bottles of wine every year, specialising in cabernet, chardonnay, sauvignon, syrah and pinot noir varietals.
And if fashionable shopping establishments are your thing, France will spoil you rotten! The country is the birthplace of Haut Couture and is home many of the world’s most popular fashion brands, including Yves Saint Lauren, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Givency and Dior!
The sporting enthusiast will also find much to be pleased about when visiting France, from the World famous Tour de France bicycle race to a passionate soccer or rugby international in the impressive Stade de France. And if that’s not enough, there’s the French Open Tennis, Le Mans Car Race and Monaco Grand Prix (just across the French border in the French Rivera) to cheer along to.
Another great feature of this Gallic country is the ease at which visitors can travel between and within cities. France has almost thirty thousand kilometres of railway infrastructure, as well as the infamous TGV train, which can travel at a speed of over three hundred kilometres per hour!
Add in the many city underground rail networks (including the Paris, Lyon, Lille, Marseilles, Toulouse and Rennes metros), trams, and cable cars, and of course the glorious motorways, and you can see why visitors return again and again to seek out the attractions still not ticked off their enormous ‘must see/do’ French holiday list. Compare cheap hotels in France online today & save!
The most romantic city in the world, Paris will enthral with its sophistication and unique attractions. In fact one of the wonderful thing about visiting Paris is the vast array of sights that do not charge an entrance fee! These include The Sacre Coeur Basilica, Notre Dame Cathedral, The Musee Carnavalet and of course the many stunning formal and very colourful public parks, including Parc Monceau, Jardin des Tuileries and Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.
Paris lies on the River Seine, which divides the city into its Left Bank and Right Bank, and which offers a truly amazing opportunity to view the sights by taking a river cruise through the very heart of Paris. There are also many restaurants, souvenir vendors and artists (including those naughty caricature artists!) along parts of this famous river to investigate. Those preferring to visit the city on-land can avail of The Paris Metro, which has over three hundred stations to hop on and off!
One of the most atmospheric places to visit in Paris is Montmartre, a one hundred and thirty metre high, culture-filled hill overlooking the city. As well as the glorious Sacre Cour Basilica, the area has many street artists, galleries, cafes, restaurants, shops and market vendors to engage the senses…as well as some truly wonderful views across the city.
Known for its wonderful gastronomic exploits, the city has many extraordinary restaurants and cafes to indulge the hungry visitor. However, one of the more ‘interesting’ meals can be had while watching those talented, frilly-dressed, can can dancers perform at the infamous Moulin Rouge. Of course it’s not all about adult fun in Paris. The kids will adore a visit to Disneyland Paris, a short train ride from the city centre. A visit to the city’s many flea/food markets will also entertain young and old, including those at Saint Ouen, Marche d’ Aligre and Rue Mouffetard.
For a more unusual and slightly morbid day out, a visit to either Mountparnasse Cemetery or Pere Lachaise Cemetery is to be recommended, where you can pay homage to the graves of The Doors’ Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, John Paul Sartre and Simon de Beauvoir!
And if your legs haven’t given up the ghost, a nice long walk along the tree-lined Champs Elysees street, with its cafes, shops and cinemas, or to Paris’ Latin Quarter on The Left Bank, with its trendy shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, will be most rewarding.
1. The Eiffel Tower: Iconic Parisian, nineteenth century, iron structure. Over three hundred and twenty metres high, the tower attracts around seven million visitors’ each year, so expect some queuing! Access is by lift, or for those with absolutely no fear of heights, by steps! There are restaurants on two of the three levels.
2. Notre Dame Cathedral: Stunning gothic-styled, twelfth century, Roman Catholic cathedral with attractions including the many exterior gargoyles, high alter with King Louis statues, ten bells including one that weighs over thirteen tons, a seven thousand-plus piped organ and of course some beautiful stained glass windows.
3. The Louvre Museum: Home to nearly forty thousand exhibits including De Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting and the one armed Venus de Milo statue. The museum is the most popular museum on the planet and attracts up to ten million visitors each year. Cafes, restaurants and shops onsite.
4. Arc de Triomphe: Located on the Champs Elysees, this imposing arch is fifty metres high and underneath the arch is the flame at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Inside the structure is an exhibition, and its terrace offers amazing citywide views.
5. Musee D’orsay: Located on the banks of the River Seine in a former train station building, this world renowned art museum houses works by popular artists including Van Gogh, Cezanne, Pissarro and Renoir. Restaurant onsite.
6. Basilica of the Sacre Cour: Located proudly on top of Montmartre Hill, this picturesque Catholic church offers stunning views over the city from the top of its dome. Inside, the painted ceiling, crypts and pipe organ are particularly interesting. The basilica looks stunning when lit up at night.
7. George Pompidou Centre: Infamous building with an appearance that it was made from pipes and tubes! This rather controversial structure is home to an enormous library and the National Museum of Modern Art. The museum’s exhibits are very much influenced by the contemporary art movement and has up to one hundred thousand items on display by over six thousand artists.
8. Pantheon: Originally a church, the Roman-styled Pantheon now operates as a mausoleum. Inside there are seventy crypts including those of Emile Zola and Voltaire.
One of the most popular cities on the French Riviera, Cannes is charming and very extravagant! The city is known internationally for its Cannes Film Festival, which takes place in May in the wonderful Palais des Festivals. The event attracts over thirty thousand people directly associated with the two thousand plus movies typically on show. A viewing point near the red carpet can only be gained by those willing to arrive at the venue very early.
Tickets to view some of the movies can be purchased at a ticket booth at the entrance to the Palais des Festivals. Other popular festivals taking place annually in Cannes include the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, the Cannes Shopping Festival, the International Fireworks Festival and the weeklong Regates Royal Festival at the port, where over one hundred and fifty luxury yachts swagger into town!
The first point of call for most visitors to Cannes is the magnificent Promenade de la Croisette, where you are likely to see some very well-dressed locals walking their pedigree dogs. The palm-lined promenade stretches for two kilometres, across from which are many elegant hotels, restaurants, bars and boutiques.
On the other side, of course, are some truly wonderful beaches with equally wonderfully bronzed sunbathers. Just for the record, daily average temperature highs hit over 26 degrees in August. And to make sure you have plenty of sun, sea and sand to play with, Cannes has an incredible thirteen public beaches!
Cannes’ Old Town, on Suquet Hill, is the best place to soak up the local atmosphere. This traffic-free area is crammed with quaint shops, cafes, bars and restaurants along its winding streets. Don’t forget to bring your camera because at the very top of the hill you will be rewarded with stunning citywide, harbour and sea views.
One of the town’s best shopping street’s is Rue d’Antibes, which is well worth a visit as there are literally hundreds of interesting shops along the narrow street, all vying to sell you something unique from Cannes. Another interesting street for shops, bars and restaurants is Rue Meynadier, which also has a handy Carrefour supermarket, ideal for those self catering.
Just off the Cannes coast are the beautiful Lerins Islands, ideal for those who enjoy natural beauty, as well as the odd historic building! Saint Marguerite Island was once the home/prison of The Man in the Iron Mask, and you can even visit his prison cell! Saint Honorat Island is home to the historic Lerins Abbey and the local Cistercian monks, who spend some of their time making tasty wines!
If celebrity hunting is your thing, then Cannes, and in particular The Carlton Hotel, should be your choice of destination. The luxury hotel is a listed building and attracts celebrities from all over the world, particularly in May during the film festival. Don’t forget your autograph book. Compare Cannes hotels today & save!
1. Musee de la Castre: Eleventh century medieval museum with exhibits from throughout the world, including over four hundred musical instruments. The museum has a tower with amazing city views, once you manage to clime the one hundred-plus steps.
2. Saint Paul de Vence: Atmospheric medieval town on a hill overlooking Cannes with cobblestone streets, gorgeous views, art exhibitions/shops, bars and restaurants. The town is the burial place of the most popular Russian artist, Mark Chagall.
3. Vieux Port: Visit the port/harbour area and stare enviously at the luxurious, multi million euro yachts! It is also possible to charter boats at the port from four hundred euro per day.
4. Lerins Abbey: Just off the Cannes coast on Sant Honorsat Island is this enormous heavily fortified, working Cistercian monastery. The ferry trip from Cannes takes thirty minutes and there is a restaurant onsite.
5. Notre Dame d’Esperance: Sixteenth century, gothic-styled, Catholic Church perched on top of Suquet Hill, dedicated to Our Lady of Hope. The bell tower and its clock, the high alter and the saints’ statues are all of interest. The views overlooking the town are wonderful.
6. Centre d’art La Malmaison: Wonderful art centre with exhibition of Picasso nude paintings. Gift shop onsite.
7. Mediatheque de Noailles: Beautiful nineteenth century palace with formal gardens, now a public library. Concerts are sometimes scheduled in the grounds.
8. Casino Barriere de Crosiette: Popular Cannes casino where you can wine and dine…and gamble.
9. Cimetiere du Grand Jas: Large nineteenth century Cannes cemetery with stunning statues, monuments and gravestones, which also has a small English burial section.
In the south east of France, lying in the shadow of the stunning white-topped Mount Blance (the tallest mountain in Europe!), Chamonix is one of the great skiing and mountaineering resorts. If the skiing facilities here were good enough for the Winter Olympics and for James Bond in that infamous ski chase scene in The World is Not Enough blockbuster, then you can bet Chamonix will live up to all your expectations…and more!
Probably your most overriding memory of a visit to this magical town will be the unique experience that the Aiguille du Midi cable car has to offer. Up to five hundred metres high, this cable car ride will have you in awe of the scenery…and of the drop! Still the highest vertical assent on the planet, the cable car ride takes its plucky passengers to the very tip of the Aiguille du Midi Mountain. Once you reach the summit all thoughts switch to enjoying a wonderfully speedy descent, either by means of skiing or paragliding. Another popular cable car ride offering breathtaking views of Mont Blanc can be had on Le Brevent cable car, which takes passengers up Le Brevant Mountain, which has some wonderful viewing terraces.
In fact skiing and paragliding in Chamonix are only but a fraction of the possible pastimes on offer. Snowboarding, rock climbing, rafting, mountain biking and the daredevil and very terrifying thrill of winged suit flying (human-flying, initially with the aid of a specialised jumpsuit and then descending by parachute!) are just a few alternatives to the more obvious pursuits.
If the Aiguille du Midi cable car experience is a little too challenging then perhaps a ride in the wonderfully atmospheric Montenvers Railway might be more suitable. This five kilometre long, electrified train trip takes about twenty minutes to get you up to the glorious heights of the Mer de Glace glacier, France’s longest glacier. Another stunning rail journey can be taken in the Mont Blanc Tram, a mountainous rail journey ending at the Bionnassay glacier.
Chamonix has many wonderful restaurants serving local French, Indian, Italian and Asian cuisine, and some even serving up a full English/Irish breakfast! Some of the more popular eateries include La Cremerie du Glacier, Tigre Tigre and Le Bistrot. And for some soothing Après-ski drinks, Chamonix has a fantastic selection of very lively bars to choose from.
Some of the more popular bars include Chambre Nuef, The Quartz Bar and La Terrasse. And if you arrive in Chamonix in the middle of August you may be lucky enough to find yourself in the middle of the town’s premier festival, Fetre des Guides, when live music and fireworks add to the already explosive Après-ski atmosphere.
The main attractions to experience in Chamonix are really all about the stunning mountains, valleys, glaciers, cable car and tram rides! However, there are a few other interesting sights to see including:
1. Musee des Cristaux: One for fans of minerals and rocks, including some wonderful crystal exhibits.
2. Rouge Peaks Nature Reserve: One for the true nature lover, with up to five hundred plant species to discover, but also one for those with great stamina as the reserve covers an area of over three thousand hectares.
3. Horace Benedict de Saussure: A statue celebrating the life of the man who offered a reward to the first person to climb Mont Blanc, having failed to do so himself.
4. Michel Gabriel Paccard: Another statue, this one celebrating one of the two men that were the first to climb to the summit of Mont Blanc.
5. Step into the Void: A terrifying glass skywalk/box at the summit of Aiguille du Midi Mountain. Expect long queues before you get to step onto the glass as the experience is very popular.
6. Alpine Museum: Brings the history of the assent of Mont Blanc to life.
7. Parc de Losirs Chamonix: Adventure/leisure park for all the family only five minutes from Chamonix town, with a beginner’s skiing area (including skiing for kids), slides, toboggans, chairlift, a mountain rollercoaster and much more.
8. Le Paridis des Praz: Paradise indeed, particularly for young children, an attraction with Shetland pony rides, paddle boats, a park (with tables and benches and so great for picnics) and a glacial stream. Café onsite.
9. Grotto de Glace: Amazing ice cave (with human ice sculptures) taking the visitor inside a glacier.
10. Golf Club du Chamonix: Eighteen hole golf course with stunning mountain views.
Located in central France, Lyon is a cultural delight and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With at least nine museums, enormous basilicas/cathedrals and one of the largest squares in Europe, the lucky visitor is in for a real historical treat!
Another claim to fame for Lyon is the fact that cinema was invented by the Lumiere brothers in the city in the nineteenth century. And if its romance you’re after then why not take a selfie (with your partner of course!) outside the stunning Hotel de Ville, mimicking that wonderfully iconic Robert Doisneau black and white ‘kissing’ picture!
To make it easy for the visitor to travel to all the wonderful attractions Lyon has to offer, the city has a metro with over forty stations. In addition, the city has five tram lines and an extensive bus city network. And if that wasn’t enough, Lyon has two funicular (cable railway) routes on Fourviere Hill! Both short routes climb three hundred-plus feet and so try not to look down!
In addition to its stunning architecture and cultural richness, the city has become the gastronomic centre of France, with some of the local specialities including tripe, bone marrow, pistachio sausage and donkey snout! Luckily, to compliment its foodie accolades, Lyon also happens to be located beside two of the world’s most popular wine regions, Beaujolais and Cotes du Rhone.
And if the local dishes are not wetting your appetite, a visit to the largest Chinatown in France (outside of Paris) may hit the spot! And if you are on a self catering holiday Chinatown has a very impressive Asian supermarket, Supermarche Asie, to cater for all exotic culinary needs!
Lyon is renowned for its quality shopping/merchandise. Rue de la Republic is Lyon’s premier shopping street, and also has a nice selection of restaurants, cafes and cinemas nearby. Rue Victor Hugo, one of the largest pedestrian streets in Europe, is also an extremely popular shopping spot, with shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels to suit all tastes.
And if all that shopping and ‘wining and dining’ has taken its toll on your pocket and calorie count, a visit to Lyon’s impressive city centre, Parc de la Tete d’Or, will offer a completely different (and less taxing!) experience. The park is vast and contains a zoo with alligators and flamencos, a large lake with boats and botanic gardens with green houses. Entrance to the park’s zoo is free! A great way to visit the park is by bicycle, which can be rented from the city hire bike scheme. The park is also a great place for a picnic or for a stroll through its four kilometre trail.
1. Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere: Magnificent nineteenth century Catholic basilica overlooking the city on a hillside, attracting over two million visitors each year! The imposing basilica exterior has a bell tower and four separate towers, while inside are fabulous stained-glass windows, mosaics and a crypt, among so much more.
2. Aquarium du Grand Lyon: Aquarium with over five thousand aquatic specimens including a shark pit and hungry piranhas! Tours available including a fish feeding demonstration.
3. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon: Located inside a seventeenth century Benedictine abbey, this fine arts museum has thirty-five rooms of paintings, including works by Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, El Greco and Rembrandt. The museum also has displays of sculptures and antiques, including an impressive Egyptian collection.
4. Place Bellecour: Enormous fifteen acre square which hosts many events including marathons, carnivals (Ferris wheel) and shows. The square also houses a tourist office, restaurants and shops.
5. Musee Minature et Cinema: Highly unusual museum with exhibits relating to how the film industry uses miniatures for special effects. Movie sets and costumes are also displayed. The kids will love the Star Wars, Star Trek, Stuart Little and Planet of the Apes movie items.
6. Grande Mosquee de Lyon: Very contemporary mosque (also housing a library) with a glass pyramid entrance and a twenty-five metre tower.
7. Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste: Large twelfth century, gothic Catholic cathedral located in a lovely square with attractions including some thirteenth century crosses, a fourteenth century astronomical clock and colourful stained glass windows.
8. Le Mur Des Canuts: Amazing giant 3D wall mural that looks so real! Bring your camera along for this attraction, the largest wall mural in Europe, and have some ‘photo illusion’ fun.
9. Tour Metallique de Fourviere: This eighty-six metre metallic tower is like a smaller version of the Eiffel Tower, bit is not open to visitors; Theatres Romains de Fourviere: Spectacular two thousand year old Roman amphitheatres (both now in ruins) on top of a hillside. Compare cheap hotels in Lyon, France for great value deals, we hope you have an enjoyable and relaxing trip!
There’s something awfully nice about Nice, and it’s not just its stunningly hot Mediterranean climate, when average August temperature highs reach over 27 degrees! Located in the south of France in the Cote d’Azur on the glamorous French Riveria, Nice has so much to offer, from historic cathedrals to contemporary art museums…and let’s not forget the sun-drenched beaches!
The best place to soak up the wonderful Nice atmosphere is along the Promenade des Anglais, thronged with tourists and filled with vendors, restaurants, a casino and benches to relax on and enjoy the wonderful beach/sea views. Be warned, rollerblading seems to be a popular method of manoeuvring around the promenade, so watch your step!
Staying with the coastal theme, popular beaches in Nice include The Blue Beach (off the promenade) and Castel Plage, a private beach with gay and straight areas where you can order chilled bottles of wine! Another wonderful relaxing area to visit in Nice is the Promenade du Paillon, a city centre public park with fountains, a kids playground area, some wonderful wooden octopus and whale sculptures, and of course some beautiful tress and shrubs!
The Old Town area of the city is definitely worth a visit. From the narrow streets, populated with quaint shops and restaurants, to the large Plaza Massena, with its amazing Apollo fountain, statues, cafes, shops and pubs. The plaza is also home to one of the biggest winter carnivals on the planet, Carnaval de Nice, when, in February, decorative giant floats, musicians and dancers take to the streets. Also of interest in the Old Town is the Palais Lascaris, a small treasure trove of a museum, filled with old musical instruments!
A truly novel way of visiting the city’s attractions, and one the kids will love, is by means of Le Petit Train de Nice, a city ‘fun’ train that takes its passengers on a one hour tour of the sights. The train runs every thirty minutes and can be found near that infamous of fast food venues, McDonalds, near the promenade.
If it’s shopping you’re looking for, a visit to Avenue Jean Medecin, Nice’s main shopping street, is a must. The avenue is even served by three tram stops, so getting there should be no problem! Restaurants and cafes are also in abundance along the avenue. Place Garibaldi is another excellent square for restaurants, outdoor cafes and bars.
And if a spot of gambling is on the cards, Nice has a selection of casinos more than willing to offer you the chance to strike it lucky! To end the evening off nicely, the city has many hip nightclubs, jazz bars, cocktail bars and a champagne bar to quench the thirst.
1. Matisse Museum: Large museum showcasing the works of Henri Matisse, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and books. Gift shop onsite.
2. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art: Modern art gallery housing works by mainly French and American artists, including some pop art pictures from Andy Warhol. The futuristic building’s rooftop terraces offer amazing views of the city. Entrance is free.
3. Musee National Marc Chagall: Museum celebrating the works of popular Russian born artist, Marc Chagall, including paintings, sketches, photographs, stained glass items and sculptures. Café onsite.
4. The Saint Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral: Picturesque, twentieth century, Russian Orthodox cathedral with Russian onion towers. This working church is wonderfully atmospheric and is lit by candlelight.
5. Opera de Nice: The premier opera, ballet and classical music venue in the city. This nineteenth century opera house continues to entertain the masses with its extravagant shows. The New Year’s Eve concert is always worth a visit.
6. Nice Observatory: Outside the city centre among the rolling hills and overlooking the bay, is this dome-shaped, nineteenth century, astronomical observatory. The observatory was part designed by Gustave Eiffel, the man responsible for the Eiffel Tower. Guided tours offered.
7. Nice Cathedral: Situated in the Old Town, this seventh century, baroque-styled Catholic church has many chapels and organs of interest and is dedicated to Saint Reparata. The wonderful church dome is covered in thousands of shiny, glazed tiles and its tall bell tower can be seen from many parts of the city.
8. Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nice: Compact villa-styled museum housing works by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Cheret. Other display items include medieval altar pieces and The Kiss sculpture by Rodin.
9. Natural History Museum: Natural history museum housing a large collection of plants and animals.
Saint Tropez, located on the ever-popular French Riviera, has been called the sexiest town on the planet! Popular among the jet set, the town can sometimes be overrun with Ferraris, Porches and other extravagant brands of motorised vehicle! And those preferring to arrive by sea tend to do so in multi-million euro, luxury yachts! Having said that, this old fishing town still manages to retain its charm, particularly around the cobblestoned Old Quarter area.
The best way to see the town is on foot, or by taking the more mechanical means of the local mini bus beach shuttle service, by scooter or bicycle. For those ‘made of money’, helicopter rides can be sourced locally! One of the town’s main ‘hotspots’ are its beaches! Plage de Pamplonne is extremely lively and has many beach clubs, all playing loud music and selling expensive cocktails! Here, the in-thing is to ‘rehydrate’ with champagne and not water, although Saint Tropez’s most popular drink is rose wine, sourced from the local Cote de Provence vineyards.
Umbrellas, sun beds/chairs and towels can all be hired on the beach. Other local beaches include Plage la Glaye, Plage La Ponche, Plage de la Moutte and Plage des Canbiers. Of course the Saint Tropez beaches are not used simply for sunbathing, as nothing is ‘simple’ on this glamorous place! Off shore, visitors can engage in the many available water activities including snorkelling, wakeboarding, water-skiing, paddle boarding and power boating. Average temperature highs in August hit over 27 degrees, so bring plenty of ‘St Tropez’ sun tan!
To indulge the senses in the extravagance of Saint Tropez, a visit to the glamorous port area is a must. Filled with classy restaurants and bars, including the very popular Senequier bar, where you are very likely to see a celeb or two! The area also has a few pricey shops…and even pricier yachts moored in full view of envious passers-by! The area can get very crowded during daylight hours so a more romantic stroll at night is recommended.
Although shopping in Saint Tropez is very much geared to designer labels/brands, one of the more interesting shopping experiences can be found at the town’s popular market (Tuesday and Saturday mornings) in Place des Lices, with colourful clothes, exotic fruit and vegetable and other stalls to marvel at. And if fish is your flavour of the month, a visit to the fish market at Porte de la Poissonnerie will not disappoint.
Saint Tropez has many festivals/events to entertain the masses, particularly the Les Voiles de Saint Tropez, a regatta run in September, where up to three hundred yachts pull into port. Other popular events are Les Bravades in May (a colourful and rather noisy military parade), the Braderie, when, in October, there is a mass sell-off of that year’s fashion items at heavily discounted prices, and in July there is an international Polo tournament on the town’s polo club.
1. Zitadelle Von St Tropez: The Citadel of St Tropez is a hillside fortress/castle overlooking the town with magnificent sea/beach views. The old canons still remain, and inside is a maritime museum. Don’t be surprised if an odd peacock or two passes you by as there are quite a few strutting their stuff around the citadel.
2. Eglise Notre Dame del’Assomption de St Tropez: The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption of St Tropez is a Roman Catholic, Italian Baroque-styled, sixteenth century church, with busts of Saint Tropez and Saint Peter.
3. L’Annonciade Musee de St Tropez: Impressive art museum located in a historic fifteenth century chapel on the waterfront, with works by popular artists including Matisse, Picasso and Braque. The museum is one of the oldest modern art galleries in the country.
4. Place des Lices: Quaint but quite large St Tropez square with many wonderful cafes, where the visitor can watch locals engaging in a game of Boules.
5. La Maison des Papillons: Amazing exhibition of over four thousand butterfly specimens from around the globe; Chapelle Ste-Anne: Seventeenth century Romanesque chapel housing paintings and miniature boats that opens only one day each year on the 26th July.
6. Jean Reveille Jetty: Pretty jetty at the harbour with stunning views of the town, the Zitadelle Von St Tropez and the clear blue ocean.
7. Les Caves du Roy: The trendiest nightclub in town, located in the Byblos Hotel. The VIP Room and Papagayo are also popular Saint Tropez nightclubs; Bailli de Suffren Statue: Nineteenth century canon in commemoration of famous French vice admiral, Pierre Andre de Sufffren. Review cheap city hotels in Saint Tropez France for great value deals!