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Saint-Tropez is a town in the French Riviera. Made famous by Brigitte Bardot, it has for long has been a hot destination for the rich and famous. But the town has plenty for everyone.
Cruise ships that visit must anchor or loiter offshore and bring passengers to town by tender.
Entering Saint-Tropez by car is not the smartest thing to do, since the town has very narrow streets and lots of tourists walking in it. There is a large parking at the border of the town, from which it is a ten minutes walk to the center of the town. You can walk on the borders of the sea, where you have a great view at the luxury cruise ships.
Another way to get in the town is by a ferry boat from other big towns along the French Riviera, such as Cannes, Golfe-Juan, Nice and more. For example, you can take one from Cannes, which would leave the port in the morning and bring you back in the evening. (Note: this is not a year-round service, starting in June.) Such a trip gives you a chance to explore for 4-5 hours the trendy St Tropez and visit all the sights. There is a ferry ship from Sainte-Maxime to Saint-Tropez, which floats in the summer on regular basis.
There is no train station in St Tropez itself making it difficult to get to for those without access to a car. However, the closest main station is in St Raphael, where trains from Paris and all over the region stop. From St Raphael there is a bus link which goes directly to St Tropez.
A more luxurious way of getting in St Tropez is by a helicopter. There is a local helicopter charter provider - Heli Securite- which provides regular transfers between Nice, Monaco, Cannes as well as other landing sponts on the French Riviera and St Tropez.
In the first week of July there is an international Polo tournament, which attracts the best polo players from around the world to the Saint-Tropez Polo Club.
The "village" itself is easily walked and enjoyed. The waterfront is crowded with cafes and shops with "elite" offerings. A block or two inland, through narrow streets and alleys, you'll find fewer stores and cafes, quaint and interesting studios, homes and a few historical structures.
The waterfront is packed with stores offering "elite" goods, and cafes for the "in-crowd" (or naive tourists), all at heady prices. A block or two inland, offerings are often equally good, with slightly more modest prices.
The tarte Tropézienne is a tart of pastry cream (crème pâtissière) invented by a St. Tropez pastry chef named Alexandre Micka in the 1950s, based on a recipe he brought from his native Poland. In 1955, he was chef on the set of the film And God Created Woman when actress Brigitte Bardot suggested he name the cake La Tropézienne. It is now found in bakeries throughout the Var.