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Destination St. Tropez
For many tourists the top attraction of St. Tropez is to spot famous movie stars, sporting heroes and other celebrities and jet-setters. Originally popularized by French actress Brigitte Bardot, St. Tropez quickly gained popularity among the rich and famous. But St. Tropez is also home to stunning beaches, a relaxed atmosphere and offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for travelers.
Many of the most luxurious hotels such as Les Caves du Roy and L'Esquinade have exclusive nightspots catering to their celebrity clientele. These resorts are frequently attended by stars like Barbara Steisand, Jack Nicholson, Robert de Niro and Elton John. Other rich and famous people anchor their luxury yachts at the harbor to make this area the perfect place for a sunset stroll. St. Tropez is one of the most happening places on the French Riviera. Enjoy a glass of sparkling champagne in the late afternoon on the boulevard while watching the sun go down. In summer St. Tropez is a hot spot for trendy visitors and parties last until the morning hours every night. But there is much more to see and to do than only spotting beautiful people and relax at gorgeous beaches.
The local cuisine is a mixture of Italian, Spanish and French. And as a part of the Provence, St. Tropez can claim some of the world's most highly rated cuisine. Pasta, seafood and fresh fish are featured in many local dishes. Tapas form and important part in every day life as a late afternoon snack washed down with local wines of excellent quality. Restaurants serve meals until midnight during the summer. There are restaurants for every taste and budget. If you would like to splurge yourself you can enjoy a lovely dinner in one of the venues offering excellent views of the old port and coastline. If you are traveling on a budget, you will find the best deals at the stands of the market square.
Founded by the Phoenicians, and survived through the Roman Times, St Tropez played an important role in the military history of the region. Throughout the Middle Ages, the town was known to bring out fine sailors, navigators and naval strategists. The harbor of St Tropez was one of the safest in the area and was often used as a port of refuge in stormy weather. During the early 20th century it became a center of Bohemian artists. Famous painters such as Matisse and Paul Signac moved to this lovely sunny town. After the Second World War tourist started to visit the town and soon St Tropez became a glittery, stylish resort, bustling with a trendy as well as a cultural scene.