It doesn’t take much to get me on a plane jetting around the world so when a dear friend from Dubai was getting married in the south of France, I didn’t hesitate to go – even though I knew I could only stay for a three days. However, I'm always up for a long weekend getaway so off I went!
The closest airport is Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur. Renting a car is a must as public transit from Nice is virtually nonexistent and private cars are very expensive. For the best rental car price, book on your mobile and set France as your country. I paid €100 (approximately CAD $150) for three days with unlimited mileage. The drive from Nice to Saint-Tropez is only 1.5 hours and super simple to navigate. We arrived to Saint-Tropez in no time (after waiting for my lost luggage to arrive from Austria, that is).
There’s an abundance of accommodation options ranging from B+B’s to five-star luxury hotels. Chose what’s best for you based on location and budget. We decided to stay in Cogolin, which is a small town 10 kilometers away from Saint-Tropez. I loved staying here and exploring all of the picturesque villages along the way.
It is well worth it to wake up early and make your way to the Saint-Tropez open-air market on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. Arrive before 8am, settle into a chair at a nearby café as you sip your café crème and nibble your pain au chocolat, and watch the local vendors set up their stalls in Place des Lices. Then take your time wandering this infamous market while you choose gorgeous Provencal linens, more traditional baked goods (can you really have too many croissants?), fresh fruit and flowers, saucisson, cheese and olives, and antiques and leather goods.
The village of Grimaud is so incredibly pretty! You could spend all day wandering around just admiring the architecture and alleyways. But then you'd miss some incredible sights. I loved dining at Restaurant Fleur de Sel, which has modern French food with a darling outdoor patio for dinner. And be sure to visit the Chateau de Grimaud and Church of Eglise Saint Michel – both are stunning historical monuments.
This was one of the most memorable afternoons I’ve ever had. We happened upon the village of Ramatuelle when returning from Saint-Tropez and I absolutely adored everything about it. You can hike (or park) at the top of the hill for the most picturesque views then walk down to the main village. Ramatuelle is a medieval village with winding cobbled alleyways and historical buildings covered in flowers and adorned with teeny, charming doors and windows.
Pampelonne Beach is a 5 kilometer white sand beach between Saint-Tropez and Ramatuelle. There are private beach clubs on it should you wish however the beach stretches wide open along the glistening Mediterranean and offers plenty of room to lay out your towel or go for a wander.
If you ARE looking for a beach club, make your way to Les Granier Restaurant de Plage. The beach is intimate and the waters glorious for swimming. Beach chairs cost €20 per day. If you’d like to dine in the restaurant, reservations are highly recommended. The food is fresh and the portions massive, and the rose cold. It’s the perfect place for a chill beach day.
BEACHES IN NICE
When you're passing through Nice, it's worth your time to take a walk along the Promenade des Anglais. the views out over the Mediterranean are spectacular. If you have time, join the many locals and tourists on the rocky Nice Beach.
I couldn’t have asked for a better long weekend getaway than this, and I’m already excited to plan another jet-setting weekend. Have you ever flown somewhere international for a weekend? Or would you?