The Best Towns to Visit Near Saint-Tropez

    While you could easily spend a week in St. Tropez, relaxing and lunching, the area around St. Tropez has a lot to see. There are many vineyards and cute towns nearby. Local wine estates are rural gems dotted throughout the region. Wine-growers on these estates have lovingly worked their land, using the same methods, for generations, producing delicious nectar for us to share.

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    the inland area around st. tropez, is full of picturesque vineyards

    Outside peak summer, you may not spot any celebs hiding behind designer sunglasses, but you’ll get a more authentic experience: that of locals playing pétanque in the shade of age-old plane trees, and spirited market stallholders selling handmade products. Plus, you’ll have the wildflower-lined coastal walking paths and the narrow lanes of the nearby medieval towns pretty much to yourself.

    Here are the areas that shouldn’t be missed:


    The Ramatuelle is divided into three distinct areas:

    The Old Town

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    Perched on a hilltop 15 minutes from St. Tropez, medieval village Ramatuelle is a picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys overgrown with lush vegetation and fragrant flowers. The narrow alleys are bursting with small boutiques and work shops by artisans, painters, and jewelry makers. Small courtyards will draw you in to explore more. Pick up souvenirs in the small shops that sell locally-made baskets, Provençal soaps and olive oils. There are also adorable restaurants with outside terraces where you can enjoy the spectacular panoramic view while indulging in traditional French cuisine.

    Besides wandering the quiet cobbled streets, Ramatuelle has a lot to offer in terms of culture. In the summer there are many music, arts and theatre festivals — the most popular being the Ramatuelle festival, where you can see French-language comedy variety shows.

    The village Ramatuelle was originally created to allow the locals to escape the numerous pirates landing on the shores.

    Wine Country

    The surrounding Ramatuelle area feels very Provençale, and you’ll find several high-end organic wineries with stunning chateaus. It’s the perfect place to do a wine-tasting tour (with a driver, of course!)

    The area is famous for its pale pink rosé, which is so excellent because of the mineral-rich soil and the salt, from the sea. If you are from Provence, summer without rosé is not possible.

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    Le Chai at Fondugues Pradugues

    Our favorite winery is Fondugues Pradugues , as they not only produce some of the best wine in France, but they have two extremely charming restaurants on the property: Le Chai and L’éphémère.

    Start with a wine tasting in their very-chic lounge area. Then enjoy lunch or dinner in front of the vines on Le Chai’s terrace while sampling their exquisite wines. The menu changes daily depending on what’s in season at the market and the chef’s inspiration.

    If you prefer absolute privacy, they can set up a dining table and serve you a gourmet picnic (with wine, of course) under a large parasol pine amongst the grape vines.

    Feeling social? Check of their gourmet food truck, L’éphémère , and chat with other diners under the pines.

    The Beach

    What became famous as “Saint-Tropez’s beach” –Plage Pampelonne– is actually in Ramatuelle, not St-Tropez. One of the most famous beaches in the world, it is certainly the most posh beach party scene on the French Riviera. There are yachts. And stars. And lots and lots of beaches with tanned bodies sprawled about them dressed in little more than a squirt of SPF 4. The dreamy coastline is filled with so many stunning beaches that choosing which one to visit can be a tricky affair. Getting reservations for the right table, and how to dress for them, is a major preoccupation for many jet-set. Here’s your guide to navigating the beach clubs of St. Tropez.


    Grimaud is divided into two very distinct areas:

    Port Grimaud is a Disneyesque Mini-Venice

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    Between a 20-to-50-minute drive (depending on traffic) or a faster boat ride, along the coast in the direction of Cannes, is a very unique port town. Often referred to as “Little Venice”, the relaxed town of Port Grimaud superbly combines glorious Riviera beauty with the provincial charm found in Venice.

    This picturesque mini-port offers diverse eateries serving mid-range cuisine in a scenic setting. It’s very touristy and can feel a bit like a Disney-version of Venice, but it’s worth seeing once.

    Grimaud, the Medieval Village

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    Head inland to the medieval city of Grimaud itself, where thriving galleries and studios have arisen in this charming location filled with motivation for painters, sculptors and writers. Nestled in the heart of the Maures Mountains and bordering the Gulf of St Tropez, Grimaud has maintained its medieval character. The village is very charming, with its flowered streets winding all the way from the Romanesque church to the ruins of the feudal castle.

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    Gassin is divided into three areas that blend together and compliment each other:

    The New Village

    The tiny ‘new’ residential village of Gassin , which has been built below the medieval village, was designed using a style based on, but not replicating, the style of the medieval village above. It’s not a destination, but you may notice it as you visit the medieval village.

    The Medieval Village

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    Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption, in Gassin

    Gassin , like the neighboring village of Ramatuelle, was built as a hilltop refuge from the marauding bands of pirates who pillaged along the coast. To best explore the small old town of Gassin, you will need to park your car below the village and climb the steep access road to where well-preserved stone houses, many painted in sunset hues, huddle together. The narrow lanes and rustic gates bloom with white jasmine and lavender wisteria flowers.

    There’s not a huge amount to see, as the town is very small, but there are a number of good restaurants with terraces where you can sit and enjoy sweeping views of the entire peninsula from a height of 200 meters above sea level. From its thirteenth century ramparts you can look down at the seaside and the towns spread across the Var countryside.

    The church, Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption , was built on the rocks in 1558. Its massive buttresses support the walls, and its tall square bell tower sits of the far side of the church square, looming over the village. Have a seat on the terrace at Le Pescadou if you’ve worked up an appetite.


    Gassin, like most communities on this peninsula, has remained loyal to its viticulture. This supports the environment as well as the local economy. In the crystalline soil the vines, protected by the hills, flourish on the hillsides or on the plains under the Mediterranean sun, caressed by a gentle, maritime breeze. If you are in the mood to visit Gassin wineries, we recommend Chateau Barbeyrolles , Domaine de la Rouillere  and the well-known Chateau Minuty .

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