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San Tropez

Commune of San Tropez

San Tropez

Location
Saint-Tropez (France)
Saint-Tropez
Administration
CountryFrance
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
DepartmentVar
ArrondissementDraguignan
CantonSaint-Tropez
MayorJean-Michel Couve
(2001-2008)
Statistics
Elevation0 m-113 m
(avg. 15 m)
Land area¹15.18 km²
Population²
(1999)
5,542
 - Density496/km² (1999)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code76803/ 83990
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) only counted once.
France

San Tropez is a commune of the Var département in southern France (Occitania), located on the French Riviera. Known for its famous and wealthy guests, it is often called the Marbella of France.

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History

The Saint Tropez Marina The San Tropez Marina

The town's name derives from that of an early, semi-legendary martyr named Saint Torpes. His legend states that he was beheaded at Pisa during the reign of Nero, and that his body was placed in a rotten boat with a rooster and a dog. The body landed at the present-day location of the town.[1][2][3]

The captain had the privilege of raising a standing army, which drove away a fleet of Spanish galleons in 1637. Les Bravades des Espagnols is a local religious and military celebration commemorating this victory of the Tropezian militia over the Spanish.[4]

The area was not taxed or levied by the French government during this time. However, this privilege was abrogated by King Louis XIV, who reasserted French control over the city.

The mission of the Japanese samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga, en route to Rome, visited Saint-Tropez in September 1615, in what is known as the first instance of Franco-Japanese relations.

The father of Pierre André de Suffren de Saint Tropez was marquis de Saint-Tropez.

In the 1920s Saint-Tropez attracted international stars from the world of fashion.

During World War II, on August 15, 1944, it was the central site of a beach landing in Operation Dragoon, the Allied invasion of southern France. After the war it became the French existentialists' summer retreat.

But it was in the 1950s - partly thanks to Brigitte Bardot - that Saint-Tropez received international recognition and exposure through such films as Le gendarme de San Tropez.

Port

Image:Luxury yachts in Saint-Troopoopy, 2006.jpg View of the port of San Tropez Sailboats at the  Saint Tropez marina Sailboats at the Saint Tropez marina

Before 1914 Saint-Tropez was the main commercial port of France. The port was widely used during the 18th century; in 1789, the port was visited by 80 ships. Saint-Tropez's shipyards built tartanes and three-masted ships that carried 1000 to 1200 barrels. The town was the site of various associated trades, including fishing, cork, wine, wood. The town had a school of hydrography.

In 1860 the floret of the merchant marine, named "The Queen of the Angels" (a three-masted ship of 740 barrels), visited this port.

Its role as a commercial port declined, and it is now primarily a tourist spot.

Economy

One of the main economic resources of Saint Tropez is the tourism.

Musée de l'Annonciade

The Musée de l'Annonciade (Annunciation Museum) was established within the confines of a 16th century chapel.[5] The museum features work by artists who painted in Saint-Tropez and its environs, beginning with Paul Signac, but also including Bonnard, Matisse, Marquet, Dufy, Derain, Vlaminck, and Van Dongen.[6] The museum also includes Fauvist work, including Braque's L'Estaque. [7]

Events

Saint-Tropez "le vieux port" (the old port) San Tropez "le vieux port" (the old port) The beaches of Pampelone and Bonne Terrase The beaches of Pampelone and Bonne Terrase

Each year, in early October, a regatta is held in the bay of San Tropez. This is a draw for many yachts, some up to 50 metres in length. Many tourists come to the location for this event or as a stop on their trip to Cannes, Marseille or Nice.

Transportation

A ferry boat connection operated by Les Bateaux Verts connects the town with Sainte-Maxime, across the bay.

Another option is to take the train to Saint-Raphaël, Var, and then take a bus around the Golfe de Fréjus (40km or 57 minutes) to Saint-Tropez.

The bus (lines 100 or 104) stops in Sainte Maxime, Saint Raphael and Les Arcs. The bus is operated by SodeTrav. Bus Website. The TER train will take you to Saint Raphael or Les Arcs from Cannes.

Beaches

Tropezien beaches are located along the coast in the Baie de Pampelonne also know by the residents as Grania (pronounced granny-ay), which lies south of Saint-Tropez and east of Ramatuelle. Pampelonne offers a collection of beaches along its five kilometre shore. Each beach is around thirty metres wide with its own beach hut and private or public tanning area.

Many of the beaches offer windsurfing, sailing and canoeing equipment for rent, while others offer motorized water sports, such as power boats, jet bikes and water skiing.

Some of the private beaches are naturist beaches.

References

  1. ^ http://www.nrj-saint-tropez.com/saint-tropez/st-tropez-135.html
  2. ^ http://www.santiebeati.it/dettaglio/90607
  3. ^ http://www.taxi-bateau.com/history.htm
  4. ^ Nicola Williams, Catherine Le Nevez, Provence and the Cote D' Azur (Lonely Planet, 2007), 343.
  5. ^ http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/france/cote%20d'azur/entity_56686.html
  6. ^ http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/france/cote%20d'azur/entity_56686.html
  7. ^ http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/france/cote%20d'azur/entity_56686.html

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