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As one of the most famous areas in St. Tropez, the Place des Lices is the heart of the town. It is here that boules (a sport related to Bocce ball) players battle it out from dawn till dusk, in scenes that are reminiscent of Marcel Pagnol. The area is very pleasant in summer, thanks to the shade of the trees. Both the young and old can be found here and the terrace cafes are very popular. The Saturday morning market that takes place here sells excellent fruit and vegetables, as well as regional specialties.
Stretching through Old Town St. Tropez, Rue Gambetta is a lovely stroll. This cobbled lane walks you past some of the best shopping in St. Tropez, but with all the beautiful architecture as well as its bustling charm may leave you loathe to leave the street to venture inside. Known originally as the "Grand Rue," Rue Gambetta reached its days of glory in the late 17th and early 18th Centuries when rich merchants made this street their home. With elegant trees and right in the middle of all the action, Rue Gambetta is not to be missed.
House of Butterflies (Maison des Papillons) hosts an extensive collection of about 20,000 butterflies and covers two floors. Some of the butterflies on display are on the verge of extinction. The first room contains exotic butterflies from the four corners of the earth, including Africa and Australasia. The first floor displays European varieties. The museum also has an exhaustive collection of French butterflies. There is also a collection of the instruments entomologists use to examine delicate insects. Please note that the venue is closed on Tuesdays and in the month of November; call or see website for more information.
This listed historical monument is situated to the east of Saint Tropez. Travel through time when you cross the threshold of the Citadelle with its adjoining court and battlements. These maritime defenses were built at the end of the 16th Century and reinforced at the end of the 17th. It is the only building of this stature on the whole of the Varoise coast. The Citadelle looks down over Saint Tropez and offers breathtaking views of the gulf of Saint Tropez, theMassif des Maures and the Baie des Canebiers.
For a novel way to discover the ethnic city of St. Tropez, embark upon the Brigantin II. This boat offers informative and memorable tours of the city especially the old town and the ancient villas and houses. See the different beaches and the major landmarks of the city on the cruise as the guide highlights the history and stories behind them.
For those who love to fly, the Marine Air Sport is a must-visit destination in St Tropez. It offers a range of aerial as well as water sports. Adventure-seekers can indulge in para-sailing that is sure to reward them with sweeping panoramic vistas. Water-skiing, jet-skiing, wake-boarding and boating are the main water activities organized here.
The Galerie Espace des Lices is a gallery dedicated to the artwork created by Stefan Szczesny, an extremely talented artist from the luscious town of St. Tropez. On display here are works of varied art forms. One can find everything from sculptures to paintings, contemporary art and more. The Galerie Espace des Lices also plays the role of a cultural hub were artists, intellectuals and others come together to share their views and opinion on art. For further information on this venue, check their website.
Where up to 800 vessels can be moored at a time, the Port de Saint-Tropez is an important port on the Mediterranean sea. Well-maintained and complete with facilities, the port is excellently handled by its management. Apart from being an important port, many events also take place at the port's spacious terraces. Visit website for more details and reservations.
A haven for art lovers', Galerie Paul Janssen is a popular art gallery in St. Tropez. This gallery takes pride in exhibiting artworks by some of the best artists like Marc Lagrange, Helmut Newton and Andy Warhol. The works include street art, photography and pop art, making this space a must-visit for all the art connoisseurs.
This museum is situated inside the 16th-century Chapelle de Notre Dame de l'Annonciade. The old chapel, which was closed during the Revolution, was restored then transformed into a museum in 1955. The Musée de l'Annonciade contains a rich and varied collection of artwork. The majority of the works on display are paintings from the end of the 19th and the start of the 20th Century. There are also impressionist works showing St Tropez as it was back in the day - a simple fishing port. There are also more modern paintings by artists like Matisse, Bonnard, Signac, Vlaminck, Braque, Utrillo, and Dufy. This museum is open throughout the year, except for the month of November.
Famous for its yellow bell, the Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption was built at the start of the 19th Century. It is a light and colorful church built with Baroque style. The church houses several busts of saints, such as Saint Torpes. The decapitated body of this Roman martyr is said to have been drifting in a boat before arriving mysteriously intact at the town port. It is this bust of Saint Tropes which is transported during the Bravade procession in May.
Henri Sié is a jack of all trades and he is proud of it. He was born in Toulouse in 1936 where he went on to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. At 28 he began a career in music thanks to his baritone voice. He holds concerts the world over. He hasn't left painting by the wayside though quite the opposite. His colors are those of the surrounding countryside. They are bright, warm and sensual.