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A fashionable destination, the capital of show-biz and a very trendy town, this little village is one of the most famous in the world.

An essential meeting place for the jet set, Saint Tropez takes people by surprise because of its simplicity and traditional, rustic appearance. Its little alleys, the Place des Lices (square), its beaches… Conversely, Saint Tropez harbour swiftly reminds us that the occupants do have means. The finest and largest yachts come to moor here and fire the imagination of the inquisitive who arrive to take in the scene.

The town conceals little boutiques of the great fashion designers, haute couture and off-the-peg clothing. Considered as the world capital of sailing and above all the capital of the Arts, Saint Tropez makes an impression on all fronts. As for the ramparts and citadel, they bear testament to the history of the town which was just a small fishing port until the arrival of Guy de Maupassant and Paul Signac…When Guy de Maupassant recounted his adventures in the Mediterranean in the book «Sur l’eau», the painter Paul Signac decided to go and visit this little town which the writer had described. Fascinated in his turn, he settled there to paint. It was from then on that a positive endless parade of artists passed through. The light of the peninsula attracted ever more painters, writers, film-makers and even fashion designers.

Saint Tropez has several museums of interest which trace the town’s history and its connection with artists. One such museum you shouldn’t miss visiting is the Musée de l’Annonciade. This former Sixteenth Century chapel brings together the works of several great painters, such as Matisse, Braque and Bonnard. Many famous works have their home here, most in the very same place as that in which they were painted.

Another absolutely unmissable event in Saint Tropez has to be : «Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez». All types of sailing boat, either traditional or modern, come face to face with each other in the world-famous regatta. This very popular international event takes place towards the end of September.

http://www.saint-tropez.fr/

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