Saint Tropez

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Saint Tropez
Coat of arms of Saint-Tropez
Saint-Tropez (France)
Saint Tropez
region Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Department Var
Arrondissement Draguignan
Canton Sainte-Maxime
Community association Golfe de Saint-Tropez
Coordinates 43 ° 16 '  N , 6 ° 38'  E Coordinates: 43 ° 16 '  N , 6 ° 38'  E
height 0-115 m
surface 11.18 km 2
Residents 4,352 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 389 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 83990
INSEE code

City view of Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez [ sɛ̃tʁɔpe ] ( Provencal Sant-Troupès ) is a small port town with 4,352 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) in the French department of Var in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region . The municipality belongs to the canton of Sainte-Maxime in the Arrondissement of Draguignan .


Saint-Tropez is located on the Côte d'Azur , at the eastern foot of the Massif des Maures , on the north bank of a peninsula. The fishing village of that time attracted numerous artists such as Paul Signac , Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard towards the end of the 19th century , whose works are now exhibited in the Musée de l'Annonciade next to the port.

Saint-Tropez's boom began in the 1950s when the place developed into a meeting place for artists and high society . Saint-Tropez is famous for its large marina and the Baie de Pampelonne , the largest sandy beach on the Côte d'Azur, which is mostly on the territory of the neighboring municipality of Ramatuelle . Many prominent Europeans spend their holidays in Saint-Tropez, among others in the beach clubs Tahiti Plage , Club 55 , Nikki Beach, Aqua Club, Bagatelle Beach and many more , which again belong to Ramatuelle . There are numerous expensive restaurants and boutiques available to the many rich holidaymakers in Saint-Tropez.

The town is dominated by a citadel ("La Citadelle") built in 1592 with a view of the city. It houses a museum for maritime and local history. Saint-Tropez only has 4,352 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017), but around five million visitors are there over the year.

In Germany , Saint-Tropez is best known for Gunter Sachs and Brigitte Bardot and for the gendarmerie films with Louis de Funès . A museum dedicated to the films of Brigitte Bardot and Louis de Funes has been set up in the former police station where the gendarmerie films are set.


Saint-Tropez, named after Saint Torpes , an early Christian martyr who was beheaded in the 1st century, was just a simple fishing village until the 20th century. The strategically favorable location interested rulers and rulers since the 8th century. In 1944, Allied troops landed near Saint-Tropez during Operation Dragoon . In 1965 an artificial mini-Venice ( Port Grimaud ) was built at the outer end of the bay . The hinterland used to be much more populated than it is today. The farmers moved away because they did not earn much money with agriculture and tourists.


In July and August, delays of around two hours are the rule between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saint-Tropez can also be reached by passenger ferries from Sainte-Maxime . The Varlib buses connect Saint-Tropez u. a. with Saint-Raphaël and Toulon . Saint-Tropez no longer has a rail connection since the closure of the narrow-gauge Train des Pignes . Saint-Tropez Airport is 15 kilometers southwest of the town . Saint-Tropez has international connections primarily through Nice Airport , which is around 1.5 hours away by car.


La Citadelle
Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption de Saint-Tropez
La Citadelle
The fortress above the city is a massive hexagonal structure from the 16th century. The Naval Museum Musée de la Citadelle is also located here . a. the history of the place and the surrounding area is documented. From the platform of the fortress you have an imposing view over Saint-Tropez and the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.
Musée de l'Annonciade
The art collection of the industrialist Georges Grammont is housed in the former chapel from the 16th century .
Musée de la gendarmerie et du cinéma (since 2016)
Place des Lices
Provencal specialties are offered every Tuesday and Saturday on the square lined with plane trees . Between the market days it offers the opportunity to sit in peace under the trees and watch the boules players while they pass the time.
Port with Môle Jean-Réveille
The marina and the old port are located directly at the historic center. In the summer months there is a glamorous meeting place for the "rich and beautiful" from all over the world.
Quartier de la Ponche
Maison des Papillons
Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption de Saint-Tropez
In the middle of the old town, surrounded by romantic alleys, is the 16th century church. After being destroyed in the meantime, it was rebuilt between 1769 and 1784. Only the tower built in 1694 remains from the original building. It shines in yellow and ocher over the city and is an unmistakable landmark of the place.
Cimetière Marin
picturesque cemetery with sea views
Canebiers and Pampelonne beaches

Forest fires

In the summer months, devastating forest fires have occurred repeatedly for centuries in the parched, pine-covered area of ​​Saint-Tropez along the Massif des Maures . It was reported back in 1271. Residents and tourists occasionally have to be evacuated from the flames on the outskirts of the city.

Art and Saint-Tropez

Paul Signac: Port of Saint-Tropez (1899)

Saint-Tropez plays a prominent role in the history of modern art.

Paul Signac discovered this light-filled place and brought painters such as Matisse , Bonnard and Marquet to Saint-Tropez. Here painting developed from pointillism to fauvism . This development is documented in detail in the Musée de l'Annonciade in Saint-Tropez. Alf Bayrle spent months in Saint-Tropez between 1928 and 1934 as a guest at Madame Aude's.

Pablo Picasso painted the Odalisque here.

Saint-Tropez remained a magnet for the next generation as well. Bernard Buffet , Massimo Campigli , David Hockney lived and worked in Saint-Tropez. Today the painter Stefan Szczesny, who lives in Saint-Tropez , continues this tradition.

The Yellow Pages lists 14 art galleries in Saint-Tropez.


Associated with Saint-Tropez

  • Brigitte Bardot (* 1934), actress and animal rights activist, has lived here since 1958


  • Klaudia Homann, Eberhard Homann: St. Tropez and surroundings. 1st edition. Reise Know-How Verlag Rump, Bielefeld 2006, ISBN 3-8317-1479-7 .
  • Andreas Lueck (Ed.): Szczesny. Saint Tropez. Szczesny Factory & Publishing, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-9808881-8-9 .
  • Ralf Nestmeyer : Provence and Côte d'Azur. Literary travel pictures from the Midi. Klett-Cotta Verlag, Stuttgart 2005, ISBN 3-608-93654-8 .
  • Ralf Nestmeyer: Côte d'Azur . 7th edition. Michael-Müller-Verlag, Erlangen 2012, ISBN 978-3-89953-680-5 .
  • Szczesny. Best of Saint-Tropez . Szczesny Factory & Publishing GmbH Berlin, Berlin 2015, ISBN 978-3-9813406-7-9 .

Web links

Commons : Saint-Tropez  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Maison des Papillons. Saint-Tropez Tourisme, accessed on August 13, 2017 .
  2. L'autre Saint-Tropez Michel Goujon, 2017, accessed on August 5, 2017.
  3. Incendies dans le Sud-Est: Joan Collins a dû être évacuée de sa villa de Saint-Tropez 20minutes, July 26, 2017, accessed on August 6, 2017.
  4. Près de 650 hectares brûlés, 4 pompiers blessés, des centaines d'évacuation Var-matin, July 25, 2017, accessed on August 6, 2017.
  5. Artistes peintres à Saint Tropez Pages Jaunes, accessed on August 6, 2017.