Looking for a quick summer getaway either with the family, friends, or just for two and don’t mind the heat? Head to St. Tropez with WIMCO Villas and discover its subtle charms. This fishing village has many ways to stay cool in the summer sun while offering a plethora of activities and treats to make the whole family or crew happy. For the early risers, beat the crowds and head into the town of Sainte- Maxime for the markets. Located on La Rue Fernand Bessy (only a short twenty three minute drive from St. Tropez), the Ste-Maxime markets are held every morning and reopen in the late afternoon. There, you will find a range of fresh foods, fish, and flowers. If you want to remain closer to home base, then head to the Place des Lices found right in the heart of town.
The 100-year old plane trees divide this area into seven long arcades and create an overlapping canopy of dappled sunlight, giving merchants and shoppers a break from the summer sun. Held every Tuesday and and Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 in the afternoon, the Places des Lices transforms from a quiet park for boule into a fluttering arena of vendors, umbrellas, trailers, and stands. You will find local farmers scattered throughout the park with prepared goods such as olives, breads, tapenade, and jams. The Place des Lices is the place to go to sample the best of what the surrounding communities and farms near St. Tropez have to offer. If the fresh produce won’t stop you in your tracks, then the prevailing scent of lavender will!
As the day wears on and the temperature climbs, the beach is the ideal spot to escape town, and its bustle. For the family, the recommended beaches are Plage de la Bouillabaisse, Plage des Graniers, and Plage des Jumeaux which also offer beach side playgrounds. One of the more secluded beaches is Plage de Briande. The only way to access the beach is by foot and it does take a bit of time (around ninety minutes). The walk will have its payoff though. Here, you will get the privacy and tranquility that won’t be found at any other beach in St. Tropez, with an abundance of clean sand and spectacular scenery.
When considering a place to rest your head, a great family size villa that overlooks a child friendly beach is WIMCO’s Villa CEN LES. Spend the day by the pool or walk a few feet and take in the views of Plage de l’Escalet. This Villa offers privacy with high laurel hedges and an automatic gate, but is still situated close enough to towns including the medieval hilltop village of Ramatuelle (ten minute drive), and St. Tropez itself (fifteen minute drive). Even in the high temperatures, Villa CEN LES has the luxury of direct ocean breezes.
A second villa with additional perks is Villa CEN TAH. In the months of July and August, during select weeks, you will save an average of 25%. If this deal isn’t enough to lure you in than the stunning views of the Mediterranean, the villa’s equidistant location between Tahiti Beach and the center of town might sure have to. Outside, a vineyard along with a surrounding garden give the property seclusion. The garden has ample amounts of shrubs, flowers, and olive trees; opening up to a small lawn that leads to an overflowing swimming pool. Inside, the décor is simple with large rooms and terracotta floors.
A third villa idea is Villa AZIZ 317 which is also a WIMCO staff favorite. This villa is tucked away on the hillside of the Sinopolis area of St. Tropez, with views of the town of St. Maxime and its harbor. The villa has glass doors on all sides which open to a terrace that is great for morning coffee and breakfast. The other glass doors give access to a swimming pool and lush gardens. Offering five beds and five full baths, Villa AZIZ 317 can accommodate a family or a group of friends looking to enjoy the advantage of its hillside viewpoint and also its proximity to Pampelonne Beach and the heart of St. Tropez.
What more would you want from a place like St. Tropez? From the beaches to the promenades, this city by the sea is a great choice for those who want excitement as well as serenity. If you want either or both, WIMCO has a villa that provides for any type of vacationer. Learn more about the St. Tropez area and villa accommodations on WIMCO’s website and start seeing these spots before summers over!