September in Saint Tropez

After a hectic August, it was nice to get away to Saint Tropez with the family.  We chose the beginning of September instead of the peak season July and August, because it would be less crowed.  The temperature starts getting a bit cooler but it is still a lovely 23-26°C with plenty of sun.  As it is a coastal town, it can get a bit windy so remember to bring a jacket with you.

Where We Went:  South of France

When We Went:  September 2017

Where We Stayed: We rented a villa in Grimaund, 20 mins away from Saint Tropez

As this was a big family holiday (9 adults and a baby), we were lucky enough to rent a family friend’s villa in Grimaud.  It was a great way to spend time with the family, with your own private pool and having your own kitchen so we can cook if we didn’t want to eat out.

Floatoshoot at the Villa

Grimaund is a lovely little town 20 mins drive from Saint Tropez.  It is a great location as it isn’t far from the hustle and bustle of Saint Tropez, but far enough so we had a lot more space to ourselves, and peace and quiet at night.

So next time if you visit the South of France and don’t want to stay in a hotel, you can look into renting a villa like us via AirBnB or Lux-Residence. They have lots of options there, with different style and price range.

 

Must try restaurants:

Seafood – Le Girelier – Overall – 5 stars

 

Location   5 stars On the Port of Saint Tropez
Address Quai Jean Jaurès, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France
Price $$-$$$$
Ambience  5 stars
Quality of food  4.5 stars
Value for Money  5 stars

Why We Love It

If you love seafood, this restaurant is a must when you visit Saint Tropez.  It has 2 forks in the Michelin guide, well known for their fresh ingredient and well cooked French dishes.

We went there on the last day of our travels, so we were in a bit of a rush.  So unfortunately I didn’t get to order my big seafood platter.  However we did go for their set lunch menu which was delicious and great value.  For a 2 course meal, it was 27€ and 3 course for 34€ – not bad for Saint Tropez.   For seafood platters it is from 135€, depending on what you are ordering.

 

 

Meal by the beach – Le Club 55 – Overall – 4.5 stars

 

Location  5 stars On Pampelonne beach
Address
43 boulevard Patch, Plage de Pampelonne, 83350 Ramatuelle, Saint-Tropez, France
Price $$$-$$$$$
Ambience  5 stars
Quality of food  4 stars
Value for Money  4 stars

 

Why We Love It

The swanky Le Club 55, is a buzzy location for lunch by the beach.  Located in the beautiful Pampelonne beach, it has a restaurant, bar area and a boutique.  They had live music with the band going around every table, creating a friendly and lively atmosphere.

They have a reasonable size menu with different seafood and meat choices.  They don’t split their menu into starters and main, their portions are a good size, so it is good for sharing if you want to try more dishes.  As it is on Pampelonne beach, the prices is a bit on the high end but not unreasonable.   One course lunch with wine and coffee is about 50€ per head.

 

 

I would have loved to visit more restaurants if we had more time, but if you want more suggestions you can always go to the Michelin Guide or Trip Adviser for some ideas.

 

Place worth visiting:

 

Saint Tropez is a lovely town, I really enjoyed just wondering down the streets and exploring the town.  It isn’t very big though, so once you have finished exploring the streets of Saint Tropez, you can venture off and visit neighbouring towns, such as Port Grimaud, Chateau de Grimaud, Plage de la Pampelonne and Ramatuelle.

 

Hand made soup in the market at Place des Lices

If you like browsing through markets, you can head to the market at Place des Lices.  They open every Tuesday and Saturday morning, it is filled with local produces, traditional espadrilles, leather goods and wide brimmed sun hats.  There is even a vintage Chanel store – only in Saint Tropez.

 

 

Instagramable spots:

 

Hotel Byblos

Hotel Byblos

Location  4 stars
Address 20 Avenue Paul Signac, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France
Price $$$-$$$$
Ambience  5 stars
Quality of food  4 stars
Value for Money  4 stars

 

Why We Love It

This hotel is situated on the top of the hill in Saint Tropez so you can get a great view of the city there.  The buildings are painted in beautiful pastel colours making it a beautiful backdrop for your instagram pics.

This historical hotel has long been the hot spot for celebrities from Grace Jones to Jack Nickolson.  It is also famous for it’s night club scene, in 1971 Mick Jagger married Bianca here.

I didn’t get a chance to visit the rooms, but if you really want to spoil yourself, you can book their Missoni home suite, the perfect instagram spot!

 

 

Port of Saint Tropez

Port of Saint Tropez

Location  5 stars
Address Quai de l’Épi, 83990 Saint Tropez
Ambience 5 stars

Why We Love It

To be honest, the whole of Saint Tropez is an Instagram heaven.  One of the best spots for instagram goers is the Port of Saint Tropez, where all the super yachts and luxury cars are parked.  Along the port, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes for your food pics, and along the water front there are artists selling their work giving the place a very lively and creative vibe.

 

Port Grimaud

Port Grimaud

Location  5 stars
Address 83310 Grimaud, France
Ambience 5 stars

Why We Love It

The little Venice of France, Port Grimaud is a mixture of France and Italy.  This little town is surrounded by pastel buildings and little canals.  Even though it is small it is very charming, with small boutiques and coffee shops dotted around town.  Apart from walking, you can also go on boat rides around the canals to explore the town.

 

Grimaud Village & Chateau de Grimaud

Chateau de Grimaud

Location  4.5 stars
Address 83310 Grimaud, France
Ambience  4.5 stars

Why We Love It

Grimaud is a pretty little town on the hill, where the ruin of Chateau de Grimed sits at the top.  There isn’t a lot of restaurants or shops but it is lovely to wonder around the small streets and admire the architecture.  During the summer, there is a market on the square as well, where you can find local produce and accessories.

Grimaud

Other spots:

Here are some other Instagrammable spots in Saint Tropez and Plage de la Pampelonne, that I didn’t have time to go to such as:

Bagatelle Beach

Dior Des Lices

Chateau de la Messardiere

La Bouillabaisse Plage

Nikki Beach

Hotel de Paris

Maison Bianca Beach Club

If you manage to go and visit these places, please take some photos and tag us.  We would love to see your instagram adventures too.

 

Useful tips:

 

Hire a car so you can visit all the different spots.  Every town is quite small so you can easily visit 2 towns in one day but they are all about 15 – 25 mins drive away.

If you want to head into Saint Tropez when the market is on, go early as they have to leave the venue by 2pm latest.  I will also give yourself some time for traffic jams, as everyone wants to get into Saint Tropez.  There are also limited parking so be patient whilst queuing up for the car park.

 

Must bring items:

 

Bikinis

Sun Hats

Sunglasses

Blue and white strips clothing (Very French Chic)

Sun Block

Mosquito repellant

 

Thank you for reading about my Saint Tropez trip.  We hope that this will be useful for your next trip to Saint Tropez.  If you have any questions, please leave us a comment below and will answer you as soon as we can.

 

With love & quirks,

 

Chris xxx

Grimaud

 

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