France

Saint Tropez & Provence area

Why do people love Provence? It is a region having a love affair with the land, earth and environment. The landscape is lush and verdant. Open-air markets have baskets of fresh herbs, fruits, flowers, fabrics, etc. The colorful spirit of the Mediterranean fills the air. Provence is nature at its purest. The sky is a piercing shade of blue. Fields are abundant and the air is clear. The climate ensures that spring, summer and fall yield magnificent and varied harvests. Throughout France, Provence is known for the best of everything natural. People in the area take great pride in these natural traditions for what they grow and how it is prepared in each village and every kitchen.

Provence has at its southern edge the famed Cote d’Azur with its wonderful coastline along the Mediterranean Sea. Generally Provence is consider the area east of the Rhone River with the Alps being the eastern border. Provence enjoys a southern sun that shines 320 days yearly, giving the region blue skies and mild temperatures year round. It is most picturesque in the spring with its flowering trees and shrubs. Summer offers local markets full of fresh harvests. Mid July is when th lavender field are in full bloom, filling the country air with a soothing fragrance. The Mistral winds can bring icy temperatures on bright sunny days. Getting lost can be fun in Provence. You can stumble across a charming village, history abbey or great tree-lined roadway.

How to get there and away

The Nice airport is nearby and very manageable. There are cabs or it might be best by private/rental car from that airport to St. Tropez. In my view, having a car would be a good option to consider when in this area. A car also allows other options, including going to the wonderful and nearby Provence area.

From St Raphael you have three choices:
– Local buses to St Tropez – a bit treacherous with traffic
– Boat old port St Raphael to St Tropez – 5 crossings a day back and forth
– Shell out for a taxi for the last leg of the journey.

Places to visit in the beautiful Provence

  • Saint Tropez
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Arles
  • Nimes
  • Saint Remy
  • Avignon

Dining

Have bouillabaisse in Marseille and go shopping in Aix-en-Provence! If you have time go for a walk along Les Callanques! Also really like a little place on the beach called Cassis.

Good restaurant in Marseille (to book for a table outside only if not then drop it): La Villa. Possibly: La Calypso for the regional Bouillabaisse or the Bourride.
Best (very expensive): Le Petit Nice (one of best in France).

Paris

Favourite restaurants:

– La Robe et le Palais (13 rue des Lavandières Sainte-Opportune)
Very good wine, a very warm welcome, traditional French gastronomy (Foie gras, etc.)

– L’Amazonial restaurant (5 rue Sainte-Opportune)
Modern and fine cuisine.

– Au Pied de Cochon (6 rue Coquillière)
A traditional brasserie open all day until 2.00 a.m.

– La Tour de Montlhéry – Chez Denise restaurant (5 rue des Prouvaires)
Traditional cuisine.

Restaurant by Seine
Cafe Barge – by Seine, (5 Port de la Rapee)

Top Experiences

  • Aix en Provence

    with Cezanne’s studio on the road to Entremont.

  • Nimes

    has its Roman ruins and great old arena.

  • Eze

    along the coast between Nice and Monaco, hangs up in the mountains above the water and crowds.

  • Arcachon (Restaurant La Corniche), Cancale (eat oysters!)