Where did I leave my yacht?
We’re off on the next leg of our road trip and leave Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and head south-east to Villefranche-sur-Mer. Although, not before we take a detour to Saint-Tropez, then cruise along the French Riviera. Ok, so we’ll be driving.
Saint-Tropez is one of those places for me whereby, I’m intrigued to see it and experience it, but I’m not too sure if I’d want to stay overnight. Or will this little taster change my mind?
A reference guide
If you love Provence as much as we do, you'll want to start planning your visit now. I so enjoy using the DK Eyewitness books, as they are extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our Provencal road trip, now you can grab the revised copy.
We parked up reasonably easily, there’s a huge car park on the sea-front that is only a few minutes’ walk to Saint-Tropez harbour & town.
When we strolled around to the old harbour, my immediate reaction was wow. The huge yachts are almost within touching distance of people eating their lunch. Moored right up against the harbour’s edge. Boy, there’s some money here!
Not just yachts
Although, my fascination with the water continues and I can’t help myself but keep staring across the bay. The old town of Saint-Tropez encircling the quay is very picturesque.
Artists gather to tempt you with their local paintings, and there are some fascinating sculptures dotted around that distract you from the yachts bobbing in the harbour.
Lovely boutiques, curio shops and galleries large & small enticing you in.
And the scene that I’ve now come to associate so much with this region of France. The houses painted in different shades of ochre & pink, with their pastel window shutters and the balconies teetering above. Oh, I love France.
We continue to stroll around to the harbour edge, towards the 15th-century Portalet defence tower. As we climb the harbour wall, we’re treated to a breathtaking view across the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, with the mountainous backdrop in the distance.
I know the weather is incredible along the French Riviera; however, the scenery and clear blue seas are wonderful, there really is no surprise why it’s so popular here.
What did make me smile was seeing that the domineering superyachts hadn’t quite muscled in everywhere. The tiny little fishing boats stood their ground.
We skipped lunch in Saint-Tropez as time was pressing and we knew we had a reasonable drive ahead, weaving our way along the Corniche d’Or. So, we grabbed a baguette and found a place to stop en-route with a stunning view.
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