Hardly any other fishing village has undergone such a powerful transformation as Saint Tropez. Once a peaceful place, asleep for most of the year, it was skyrocketed to fame by film diva Brigitte Bardot and ever since it has been the top destination in the French Riviera. The most popular and sought-after spot on the Cote d'Azur besides Cannes and Nice, Saint Tropez will definitely charm any visitor throughout the year. Possibilities are plentiful with a car hire in Saint Tropez, explore your travelling options with our French Riviera road trip guide.
You will be spoilt for choice with the warm sun and sandy beaches inviting you for a swim in the sea, palm-fringed roads with spectacular views and photogenic, cobblestoned towns along the coast. For a real touch of glamour and a day in the life of a celebrity, we suggest luxury car rental in Saint Tropez. Top your holiday off with an unforgettable ride in a convertible along the Cote d'Azur. Let Auto Europe assist you not only with car hire in Saint Tropez but also with finding the best deal on the car rental market in France.
In autumn and winter, when the tourist crowds are sparse and Saint Tropez regains its position as a Provencal village, finding your bearings will be a breeze. You will only need to avoid rush hour at the weekend. However, the traffic in Saint Tropez in summer months can get quite busy, even congested, due to a large number of holidaymakers and tourists hoping to get a glimpse of glamorous yachts and celebrities who frequent the small village.
Our tip is driving to Saint Tropez early in the morning and parking your car hire on the outskirts, or even trying out a boat ride from St.Raphael, a nearby coastal village, and exploring Saint Tropez on foot. We have put together a guide to driving in France. You may find it useful before your next holiday.
Summer months can be more than challenging when trying to find an available parking slot in Saint Tropez. However, there are two major car parks at the resort. One is known as Parking Des Lices situated centrally, while the other one, significantly bigger, is very easy to find, situated directly on avenue Charles de Gaulle in the port. Arriving in the village early in the morning is the best way to find a free parking space.
The southern shore of the deep, U-shaped bay Golfe de Saint-Tropez is home to the idyllic village of Saint Tropez. Thanks to the natural curve of the bay, Saint Tropez's position at the very top of the peninsula faces the North-West so the main port is the go-to place for taking in beautiful sunsets. The Mediterranean climate provides for warm, sunny days most of the year. Naturally, summers are quite warm and temperatures may reach 37°C, while in autumn they will remain around 20°C. Winters, although significantly colder than summers, are still considered mild with temperatures between 11 and 16°C, going down to 5° at night. Summer evenings are quite pleasant - you can enjoy the sound of crickets and the scent of pine trees and sea water, so typical of the Mediterranean climate.
The south of France is home to pine tree forests, almond and fig trees and the much famed lavender fields. Citrus trees are also quite common in the region, as well as olive trees. With such rich flora, it is not surprising that the south of France is famous for its perfumeries and olive oil manufacture. Swarms of birds, especially swifts, are a common sight, with numerous species using the region as a stopover on their way to the south. In the wetlands near the national park Verdon, about 100 miles to the north, you may admire a large population of flamingos.
Saint Tropez is located at the tip of a small peninsula between other famous towns on the French Riviera. Even though it does not have a big, commercial airport of its own, it is quite easily accessible from the nearby airports. The nearest is the airport in Toulon and the second nearest the one in Nice.
Toulon-Hyéres Airport (TLN)
Telephone: +33 825 01 83 87
Address: Boulevard de la Marine, 83400 Hyères, France
Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport (NCE)
Telephone: +33 820 42 33 33
Address: Rue Costes et Bellonte, 06206 Nice, France
Saint Tropez lies a bit off the main railway routes and has no railway service. The nearest railway station can be found in Saint Raphael, connected to Saint Tropez by bus. As a small fishing port, Saint Tropez is most easily explored on foot. You can park your car hire in one of the massive car parks and enjoy a pleasant stroll along the coast. If you prefer to travel by bus to nearby towns, you may use the bus service to Saint Raphael, Ramatuelle (which will also take you to Pampelonne beaches), Toulon and Hyéres Airport.