If you’re fortunate enough to be able to go on vacation outside of school holidays, the month of September is simply divine for discovering Saint-Tropez and its region.
If you have a vehicle, you’ll quickly realize that travel is easier and faster. If that’s not the case, maritime shuttles like those provided by Bateaux Verts continue to offer direct connections between Port Grimaud and Saint-Tropez. Round-trip journeys take place every hour and last only 25 minutes.
1. Enjoy the beaches
In September, the beaches of Saint-Tropez lend themselves to a fantastic relaxation experience. The summer crowds have dispersed, so settle comfortably on the warm sand, savor the gentle sun, and plunge into the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean. Enjoy the rediscovered privacy while admiring spectacular views of the coast. Beach clubs still offer their services, allowing you to sip refreshing cocktails while unwinding. The beaches of Pampelonne, Tahiti, and Salins are must-visit choices to fully embrace the enchanting atmosphere of Saint-Tropez.
2. Explore the Old Port
The cobbled streets lined with colorful houses and artisanal shops create a welcoming atmosphere. Fishing boats and traditional sailboats (the iconic Voiles de Saint-Tropez race will start on September 29th this year) add a picturesque touch to this emblematic harbor. Stroll along the quays, explore the local markets where fresh and artisanal products abound.
Settle in one of the quaint seaside cafes to enjoy a drink while admiring the boats. The Old Port exudes a charming aura that recalls Saint-Tropez’s rich maritime history while providing a peaceful getaway.
3. Explore the Village
The winding alleys adorned with Provencal houses and flowering bougainvilleas create an enchanting setting. Stroll through small shops, art galleries, and local markets where you’ll find unique treasures. Admire the preserved architecture and discover the hidden corners of the village. Pause in one of the charming squares to enjoy a coffee and observe local life. The village regains its calm after the summer frenzy, providing a perfect opportunity to explore its timeless charm at your own pace.
4. Visit the Museum of L’Annonciade
A visit to the Musée de l’Annonciade in Saint-Tropez is a must for art enthusiasts. Housed in a former 16th-century religious building, this museum holds an exceptional collection of modern and contemporary artworks. Paintings by renowned artists such as Paul Signac, Henri Matisse, and Pierre Bonnard are displayed in an intimate setting. The tranquil atmosphere and natural light enhance each piece. Explore the galleries and immerse yourself in the creativity and beauty of the exhibited works.
5. Embark on a Boat Excursion
The calm waters and pleasant weather create ideal conditions for discovering secluded coves, hidden beaches, and spectacular rock formations along the coastline. Opt for a ride on a traditional boat or choose a luxury yacht for a more exclusive experience. Sail to the nearby islands, explore sea caves, and enjoy moments of relaxation and swimming in the crystal-clear waters.
Among the numerous boat rental options, we wholeheartedly recommend EuropBoat. Don’t hesitate to mention that you’re referred by Boutemy Immobilier agency; you’ll be warmly welcomed.
6. Hike (Easy Trails)
With milder temperatures, it’s the perfect time to explore picturesque trails, especially the coastal path that winds along the shore. By following this trail, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Traverse vineyards, cork oak forests, and lavender fields while savoring the fresh and fragrant air. Whether you opt for leisurely walks or more challenging hikes, September provides a perfect opportunity to explore the unspoiled nature of Saint-Tropez and its diverse landscapes along the coastal path.
7. Taste Local Wines
September is traditionally the month of grape harvesting all over France. In Saint-Tropez, local vineyards are at their peak, offering picturesque panoramas of rows of vines laden with ripe grapes.
Some of them began harvesting as early as August due to this year’s drought, but you can still explore the renowned wineries of the region, where you can taste a variety of wines, from refreshing rosés to deep reds. Meet passionate winemakers, discover winemaking methods, and learn about the wine history of the area. Tastings are often paired with delicious dishes, creating a perfect harmony between wine and gastronomy.
8. Admire the Sunset at the Citadel
Admiring the sunset from the Citadel of Saint-Tropez is a magical experience. Perched on a hill, the Citadel offers an unbeatable panorama of the bay and the village slowly lighting up as the sun sets. The warm hues of the sky are reflected on the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean, creating an enchanting spectacle. Find a spot on the historic ramparts, breathe in the gentle evening air, and let yourself be captivated by the serenity of the moment.