While staying in Cassis now almost a month ago the weather was not on our side (as it is now in UK), and I had to take my chances of going further from our original base and see St. Tropez.
St. Tropez is an easy 1,5 hour drive from the Marseille and a very nice place to be – IF you drive Bentley, have a yacht and a very deep pockets. City is really cute, with the typical narrow streets, small shops and restaurants, but the marina front side, with the restaurants facing fancy yachts was bit disgusting where gentlemen in white suites were competing for “who’s got the most expensive bottle of champagne” and front rows to showcase their fine tastes and wallets. Well that’s called French glamour…. ecusez-moi.
Plage La Glaye
Therefore quickly to the better part of the St. Tropez…to the beaches. I noticed a very small beach in the very center of the town plage La Glaye, which was a tiny strip of sand surrounded by a pastel colour houses, great if you are in town and not really mobile to get a quick swim or catch some tan.
But my main destination was Pampelonne beach, place which has made St. Tropez so famous, where the film stars and celebrities come to party, place which consumes 30,000 people a day during the summer and place where all the legendary beach clubs are located. This was probably the only day of the season when the beach was completely deserted, strong wind gusts scared away even the bravest holiday makers, and beach was all ours. It is a fine beach indeed, the water is super blue and clean, sand glows in the sun and the view is magnificent.
As there was no point of getting my beach towels out, we had to get at least a cup of coffee to spend some more time on the beach. Manoah beach is just one of the lounge bar, where you can get a really nice café au lait the proper, proper one…mmhmm, that was worth the trip. By the time bill came it was no surprise that a coffee, small beer and water comes to handy 23 EUR, that’s small change to St. Tropez lovers ( and to be very honest that’s cheap if you compare it with the same choice in Paris). So yes, not sure if this would be a place to return, but a tick on a list is done.
1. If you want to see where all the fancy cars are kept while their owners are away. Go to parking house under the Hotel Paris, Floor – 4. You will find there from Rolls Royce, Ferrari and Bentleys, to Mclaren.
2. Traveling with car and need to refuel, don’t stop on the gas station on the road from the Pampelonne beach to the city, the price difference at that time was 1,92 eur vs 1,42 eur in the station which is just slightly out of the town.
To get to the Pampelonne beach, take the first road from the town to the left (D93) which also have a signage “la plage”. Parking is expected to be at least 4 eur/per day.