While on my recent holiday to the South of France I decided to go on a day trip to St Tropez
Along the Cote d’Azur, many towns have boat trips to the neighbouring areas. I thought this was a great idea to take the 1.5-hour boat trip from Juan Les Pins to St Tropez.
Of course being Irish I had decided while packing it will never rain on holidays. I hadn’t even brought a cardigan nor an umbrella with me. When it started to rain a little boarding the boat I decided this was just a bit of drizzle and would clear up soon. To my surprise, it did not and it rained for the whole day. Needless to say, it made for a very rough boat journey to St Tropez. Thankfully I was able to get a seat inside but I cannot say the same for other passengers. Some sat outside under a small cover for the whole trip. This was hugely disappointing as I could not see anything outside the boat along the way. (This was one of the reasons I got the boat in the first place)
Exploring St Tropez
Place des Lices Market
When we finally got to St Tropez we went straight to their Place des Lices Market. This takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays. A mixed aroma of cooked meats and lavender hovered in the air as I ran from one market stall to the other trying to avoid the rain. There were products such as soaps, clothes, cakes and artwork also being sold at the market
Getting lost in the streets of St Tropez
If you go beyond the main tourist area there are beautiful narrow streets where you will find many local restaurants and cafes. If you are planning on travelling there give yourself time to do this. It is much more interesting than staying in the main shopping areas and you will have fun discovering more of the town.
Citadelle de Saint-Tropez
For a small fee of 3 euros, I was able to gain access to the Citadelle where I climbed to the top of the tower. There are amazing views of the town and made the trip (and getting drenched in the rain) completely worth it.
Back on the boat
After exploring the town we got back on the boat to Juan Les Pins. Thankfully the weather had cleared up by then and the boat was less choppy. St Tropez was a lovely place to visit however I don’t know was it really worth the hype. I think if I had gone on a really sunny day I feel I would have had a better experience. I believe I had seen enough on the day trip and did not feel I was missing out by not staying overnight.
The boat trip cost about 54 euros for the day. If you are looking for a cheaper mode of transport there are regular buses along the Ccote d’Azur and take approximately the same time.
My best advice – do not go when it’s raining. Stay where you are and go some other day.
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