Luxury real estate in St Tropez

The French Riviera is a magical place; it conjures up images of Hollywood stars, opulence, luxury and style. Of all the gems that adorn this world-renowned strip of coastline there is one, regarded by many to be the jewel in the crown, Saint Tropez. Its very name defines sophistication and sumptuous living, no wonder then that it is one of the most desirable areas for both investment and residency alike.

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Knight Frank France has extensive knowledge of Saint Tropez and is able to offer the very best the town has to offer. Whether you prefer a more secluded spot such as a 19th century bastide in it's own grounds from which to enjoy the beauties of this most famous and desired part of the Riviera, or an up to date, state of the art luxury apartment in the very heart of town, our professional and friendly staff are here to advise and assist. It goes without saying that investment opportunities in Saint Tropez are excellent, enhancing any real estate portfolio.

St Tropez is a bustling seaside town full of glamour and sophistication, and is, without a doubt one of the most beautiful places to live in France. With sandy beaches within walking distance, as well as fine art galleries and fantastic nightspots, the artistic architecture of post-impressionism France is a sight to behold.

The little fishing town of St Tropez was settled by both the Phoenicians and the Romans during its long and colourful history. The town and port takes its name from the Roman gladiator turned nobleman Casius Silvius Torpetius, an early convert to Christianity who was killed when he refused the demand of Nero to renounce his newly found faith, and is today the celebrated patron saint of the community. It was a heavily defended naval port and garrison from the mid 15th century and repelled Spanish invasion attempts on several occasions later in the 17th century. The following years, up until the Second World War was a period of relevant tranquillity, where the town once again assumed its peaceful fishing community status.

Pablo Picasso, Paul Signac and Henri Matisse all created a strong artistic following during the late 19th century, and were inspired by the natural beauty and serenity of St Tropez. During the early 20th century the town then became the heart of the Bohemian movement, an era born by the further influx of artists, writers and, intellectuals to area. The town of St Tropez next make the headlines in 1955-1956 with the shooting and release of the Brigitte Bardot movie “Et Dieu. Crea la femme” In these heady days of cultural change St Tropez became a haven for the rich and famous; Hollywood. But, despite its new-found celebrity status and the influx of wealth, the town somehow still holds firmly, its unassuming little fishing village feel.

The keep of the four-towered La Citadel serves as a fine historic Naval Museum, its setting providing superb sweeping panoramas of the city, gulf, and Massif of Maures. St. Tropez may still be popular with A list celebrities – supermodels, TV stars, and footballers, but today they stay well hidden on private estates, or on the luxury yachts moored in the marina.

Saint Tropez is a town with two different lives; the arrival of the many tourists in the season and the quieter spring and autumn. The climate is near perfect giving mild winters, hot summers and the rest of the year warm and balmy. Beach life is popular with a great choice of over 40 different beaches but walking the coastal footpaths is now quite fashionable. Travel a little further and the Provence Alps, Côte d'Azur and southern France are there to explore.

Things To Do In St Tropez

Culture - St Tropez remains very fashionable and is very much still a place to be seen by celebrities who live in the town or frequent the renowned nightspots and restaurants. The small and picturesque town itself is a joy, with its meandering medieval streets of traditional pastel coloured fishermen’s cottages, boutiques and restaurants. Alongside it's port, small fishing boats and towering yachts can be seen anchored. There is a combination of rustic Provence and chic Côte d’Azur here, where a visit to the boutique fashion outlets on Place des Lices is ideal in the morning. This could be coupled with an evening spent in the cafés around the harbour, where you can sip champagne and people-watch.

Plages La Ponche, La Glaye, and de la Fontanette - Theses three smaller beaches in St Tropez are surrounded by the oldest part of the village, and are the only beaches that are in the heart of the town itself. These particular beaches are not for full day trips, but perhaps if you fancied a quick dip before heading out in the evening.

Pampellone beach - This is the classic St. Tropez beach that sparks imagination of a glamorous jet set lifestyle. Many visitors come to St Tropez to experience the luscious jewelled beaches of Pampellone and will be seen hanging out at the exclusive beach clubs and bars that hem the shores.

Beach clubs - There is an array of beach clubs to choose from, ranging from the chic 'Club 55' to the quintessential celebrity stomping ground 'Nikki Beach', for which you would need to make a reservation in advance. The oldest beach in the area of Pampellone is Tahiti Beach, which appeals to the more mature residents. There is also Les Jumeaux which is an educated choice for families with small children. With a restaurant and a playground to entertain your little ones, this is definitely one of the most family orientated of the clubs. If you're looking for good food consider Nioulargo – Kai Largo, which boasts two types of restaurants, while Moorea is a suitable choice for those hoping to find some chilled fun.

Eglise Notre Dame de l’Assomption - In the ornate Eglise Notre Dame de l’Assomption you can see the bust of St Torpes, the martyred saint after whom the town was named, and who they celebrate annually in May. To locate this, head towards the ramparts of the 16th century citadel for breathtaking views overlooking the town and sea.

Musée de l'Annonciade - This famous art museum is beautifully converted from a 16th-century chapel and houses an impressive collection of modern art, coupled with a compilation of work by Matisse, Baroque and Picasso.

Markets, fetes and events - Market days take place on Tuesdays and Saturdays in the centre of the village, and you can pick up fresh fish from the Place de Lices Fish Market daily. You can also experience the Place aux Herbes Fête des Espagnols which takes place every year on the 5th of June which is a celebration of the town's defence against the Spanish in the 16th Century. There is also the Fête de St-Pierre which happens on the 15th of June which honours the fisherman of old, and the Fête des Vendanges which marks the beginning of September and the grape harvest. At the end of September, a regatta is held in the bay of St Tropez. This is a magnet for many tourists and yachts. Many tourists also make this an obligatory stop on their trip to Cannes, Marseille or Nice.

Sentier du Littoral - This is an astounding coastal path which meanders its way past rocky mountains and secluded bays 35km south from St-Tropez, around the Presqu’île de St-Tropez to the beach at Cavalaire-sur-Mer and beyond to Le Lavandou (60km). In St-Tropez the yellow-flagged path starts at La Ponche, immediately east of Tour du Portalet, and curves around Port des Pêcheurs, past St-Tropez’s citadel. It then leads past the walled Cimitière Marin (marine cemetery) to the tiny Plage des Graniers and beyond.

St Tropez Schools

EBICA - Ecole Bilingue Internationale Cote d'Azur - This is the best bilingual pre-school for early years, teaching reading methods in both English and French. They use montessori materials which are integrated into the French programme, and with small class sizes you can be sure that your child is learning in an active and positive environment.

Mougins School - Situated on the Côte d'Azur, Mougins School welcomes students aged 3 to 18 years and teaches the British curriculum, adapted to international students.

International School of Nice - International education for students aged 4-18. This school provides an outstanding curriculum incorporating creative and performing arts, ESL and a Learning Centre.

Travelling To St Tropez

By Air - Nice airport is the closest airport for St Tropez with the most flights in and out of the country. The airport is located on the edge of the city, from where you can access buses, trains and boats that will take you towards St Tropez. Other airports that are within driving distance are Marseille, Toulon, Cannes and Nimes. These airports are much so travel is restrictive. Thereis also the Aeroport International Saint Tropez which is located around 15km from Saint Tropez which allows private and business planes and helicopter transfers.

By Train – St Tropez doesn’t actually have a rail link itself. The nearest train station is St Raphael but there is a busy bus link from this station that takes you into the heart of St Tropez. To travel to St Tropez from other places around Europe, you will probably have to take a train through Paris. Paris is the arterial rail link for most of France, and many people change here from many destinations.

By Sea – St Tropez is unfortunately not well serviced by ferries from surrounding countries. Calais, La Harve and Cherbourg are the main ferry ports operate in the Northern and Western parts of France. From either of these ports, you will have to take the direct route by road or train South in the direction of Nice.

By Road - Saint Tropez is situated out on a peninsula which means that access to it is quite restricted. The A8 motorway is the main road running through the area, so if you take junction 36 which is signposted for Le Muy and Draguignan, this will lead you to the coast road which takes you to St Tropez.

Properties In St Tropez

Knight Frank France has a fantastic range of available properties to buy in St Tropez, including stunning villas with pools and sea views.

Choose from classy apartments overlooking Port Grimaud, or why not make a business investment by considering a hotel and vineyard?

Places Close to St Tropez

If you'd like to venture out of St Tropez, then there are many magnificent places in the surrounding areas.

Why not visit the National Theatre in Nice, or Marineland in Antibes? Marineland is the larges European marine attraction and a great place to take your children for a day out.

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