Tropez is well located for driving to beaches etc, by direct access
to roads that run behind the main congested coastal route
(from St Maxime to Pampelonne), avoiding most of the traffic that
St Tropez is (in)famous for.
The sunny days are yours to enjoy, whether to purely lounge around
the pool or soak
up sunrays & cocktails
at the beach clubs of Pampelonne Beach or Cogolin Plage
Take the water taxi from nearby Port Grimaud to St Tropez, avoiding
Explore St Tropez old town and the port by boat or foot
at the excellent restaurants & bars
stroll through vineyards, sampling local cellar-door wines, then
St Tropez day market (am)
Wed’s: Cogolin bric-a-brac market (am)
Thurs: Plan de la Tour day market, La Croix Valmer night Market 7-11pm
Sat’s: St Tropez day market (am), Cogolin market at Mairie carpark
Brigantin Boat Tel: 04 94 544 061
9 euros per person for a one hour boat trip, half price for children.
Victoria and Christophe are fantastic hosts and give a great
Daily trips as of 11am, up to 6 times a day. Boat is docked where
tour starts outside Café de Paris on the main port of St Tropez.
A beautiful boat trip in the Bay of the billionaires. Commentary on
the houses of celebrities, the prices of the yachts and the gossip
of Saint-Tropez, the history of Saint-Tropez, the Citadelle (castle),
Punch and Glaye beaches. They sail very close to the coast which is
lovely for taking photos.
Or hire the Brigantin I for half a day (400 euros approx), to go fishing, or cruise around to Pampelonne or the islands.
Cycles Evasion. 61 Avenue Georges Clemenceau, Cogolin +33 (0)4 94 54 71 13
Prairies Bike Rental. Situated in the Prairies Caravan Park. In
Port Grimaud, past the main car parking for the ‘little’ Venice’ (worth
having a walk around, lovely canals) Ph: +44 1179 353796
/ MOTORBIKE RENTAL Holiday
Bikes, on Geant Roundabout
RIDING Cogolin Tel: 06 11 81 11 32 Grimaud Tel: 04 94 43 24 09
KARTING Grimaud Tel: 04 94 56 00 12
CASINO Ste Maxime Tel: 04 94 55 07 00
Beauvallon (golf course on road towards St Maxime) on 04 94 96 16 98
Golf Course at Sainte Maxime on 04 94 55 02 02
Grimaud Tennis Club Tel: 04 94 56 41 88
St. Tropez Tennis Club Tel: 04 94 97 15 52
The ski resort area of Isola 2000 is approx 3 hra drive, with on average
good snowfall conditions for the South Alps.
Beach (Plage) at Marines du Cogolin:
Geant Roundabout, take St Tropez exit and follow as if going to St
Tropez. You will
see a sign “Marines du Cogolin” on
the left, turn left there. It is just after a petrol station.
There are cafes and restaurants along the beach.
wanting a full beach day, leave by 9.45am to miss most of the tourist
if wanting to do ‘aperitif’ at the day clubs,
make your way there at about 4pm.
(to avoid hitting St Tropez traffic)
At Geant supermarket roundabout, take the 1st exit, and head towards
Ramatuelle. At a roundabout just before Ramatuelle, turn left where
there are signs for La Croix Valmer and Beaches/Plages.
There are many small roads leading off the main road onto Pampelonne
Beach, depending which beach club you are heading for. All roads lead
to public areas of the beach also.
Jet Ski – hire one and zip around the multi-million dollar yachts
moored just off the beach. 60 euros for 20mins (20mins is enough for
a good workout!) at the jet ski rental next to Club Tahiti (north end
of Pampelonne beach)
best – Aqualand at St. Aygulf, about a 45 minute drive. It’s
north of St Maxime along the coast road, just before Frejus. It has
dozens of water slides on the park, and go-karting next to it.
There is another Aqualand on a roundabout behind St Maxime, (follow
signs for motorway behind St Maxime). This park is closer, but only
half the size of the water park in St Aygulf.
A lovely afternoon or evening out is to walk through the cobblestone
streets of one of the ancient hilltop towns of Grimaud, Gassin or Ramatuelle. Choose to eat in one of the many terraced restaurants lining the alleyways.
Auberge de la Mole (La Mole)
04 94 49 57 01 (set menu 55 euros, with all you-can-eat pates to start
and marinated fruit to end, in grand pots)
On the right as you drive into the centre of La Mole village. A bustling
dining room at the rear, and plastic terrace tables al fresco.
Restaurant/Plage de la Boullabaisse (St Tropez)
0494 975 400 Mains 20-35 euros
On the road into St Tropez, 1km before the town on your left. Great seafood. Gorgeous beach/bay setting, tables on decks (ask for a table outside) overlooking the bay. Fantastic for either lunch or dinner. On a private beach for kids to play on, highchairs available.
La Ferme LaDouceur (Gassin)
0494 792 495
Daily Set menu only (there is no a la carte menu), 45 euros for 3 course menu, unlimited wine. On the D61 between St Tropez and Ramatuelle. Great if you want to get drunk on free wine, but
beware - the wine is not the best quality. Lovely vineyard terrace setting, though quite touristy.
Restaurant Couleurs Jardin (Plage de Gigaro)
0494 795 912. Open all year
At Plage (Beach) de Gigaro, off the D93, between La Croix Valmer and Ramatuelle. Exotic decked setting on the beach, with a la carte European-fusion food. Main courses 20-30 euros.
They also have a takeaway pizza cabin to order and eat on the beach.
Restaurant LEsquinade (Pampelonne beach south)
0494 562631. Open all year. Main courses 12-25
euros, & a free digestif: a huge bottle of Marc dProvence plonked onto your table.
From Ramatuelle, take Route des Plages. After the roundabout below Ramatuelle turn right onto Phare de Camarat and follow signs for LEsquinade. Situated right by the water at the very south end of Pampelonne. Relaxed beach-shack style, tables in the sand. Friendly family-run. Great inexpensive seafood dishes.
Restaurant La Reine Jeanne (La Mole)
04 94 150 083
(a la carte or choice of set menus 25 euros, 43 euros – great
value for money). About 13 kms further on after La Mole towards Toulon. Look for a bastide
building on the left with a sign out front. Gorgeous courtyard setting,
with peacocks strutting around the grounds.
Paris (St Tropez)
On port of St Tropez. A very popular bar to be seen in, with dining
tables at the rear.
La Ferme du Magnan Terrasse (La Mole)
Ph 04.94.49.57.54 (mains 25-46 euros)
On the N98, towards La Mole/Toulon.
Known as the one of the best restaurants in the sth of France for the
food and the views (nice to know that the rest of France regards our
terrace valley view, which is the same as the restaurant, as one of
the best!). We saw President Sarkozy here dining with his entourage,
celebrating his election victory.
Restaurant Le Pointu (Cogolin)
04 94 40 80 63
Adresse : 9 rue Carnot (mains around 15 euros)
150 metres from the Hotel de Ville parking, on the road towards Grimaud.
Typical provencal meals in a nautical cavern setting, close to home.
Pizzeria Del Sol (Cogolin)
04 94 54 47 39
34 Rue Gambetta (Pizzas/pastas around 10 euros)
Known as the ‘friendliest place in the area’. A warm inviting
little local restaurant. Bring in a baby photo of yourself, and get
a free drink…
55 (Pampelonne Beach, run by Patrice de Colmont) This and Nikki
Beach are the best in regards to being the coolest day
clubs on Pampelonne.
Celeb spotting, tan topping up, and cocktail opportunities galore – try
the Bloody Mary and Pina Colada.
Note: book weeks in advance if wanting a table/daybed reservation
in the summer. If you have kids ask for a table in the garden/jardin,
for more space. Tel: 04 94 55 55 55
Nikki Beach (Pampelonne beach) Fantastic at aperitif time (as of
4pm), people dancing on tables, getting thrown in the pool, amazing
of rose to be accompanied by a fruit or raw vegetable platter.
Tel: 04 9479 8204
Tahiti Plage (Pampelonne beach). The favorite place of the desirables
coming off their superyachts to landlubber for a bit. A live band
and fashion show to entertain around lunch time. Child-friendly Tel: 04 94 9718
Quay West (Pampelonne beach). A good option if staying off season, as it is generally
open all year round. Book ahead for any time of year. Tel: 04 94
79 86 58
Café de Paris Tel: 0494 970 056 Right in the middle on the port
of St Tropez, overlooking the marina. Open year round. For a boutique
bar experience stay at street level, and for a more local yachtie experience,
walk through the pedestrian passage next to Café de Paris
and go through a glass door on your right and up the stairs into
Sube bar, on the 1st floor.
Caves du Roy (Hotel Byblos, in a street off the bouledrome in St
Tropez) ‘The’ nightclub
of Saint Tropez. Most of what you hear that happens in Saint Tropez,
happens in here. Book in advance
Tel: 04 94 56 68 00
VIP Room Another celeb spotting spot. Book in advance Tel: 04 94 97