Saint Tropez is well known for its wonderful beaches, stylish hotels, great restaurants and nightlife. Throughout the summer and into the autumn, festivals and annual events are held creating excitement among the locals, attracting visitors and adding even more colour, vibrancy and bustle to this charming authentic town.
11th – 15th June – Rolex Cup Regatta
The 64th year that this most prestigious nautical event has taken place with a combination of regattas along the coast and in the bay. This event attracts experienced seamen and showcases boats with some of the most advanced technology.
14th July – Bastille Day
On this day in 1789, the Bastille was stormed in Paris, an important event with a violent revolution that had begun two days earlier, as well as the Fête de la Fédération to celebrate the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. On this day the whole of France celebrates and remembers the events that led to becoming a Republic and independence.
21st July – Belgian National Day
Anniversary of when Leopold swore allegiance to the constitution as the first King of the Belgians in 1831.
18th August – Senequier La Boule Grand Prix
‘Trophee Senequier’ held annually in the main square in St Tropez, the Places des Lices, where this competitive local petanque/boules championship takes place.
24th September to 2nd October – Les Voiles
Each year, Les Voiles de St Tropez regatta draws a spectacular array of yachts from day-sailers to superyachts, together with some of the best looking maxis and performance cruisers in the world. Of the most eye-catching are the different sized classic yachts, which line up stern to the quayside in St Tropez’s harbour. Every year, the event pulls in thousands of visitors who come to watch the regatta at the end of September, which is one of the nicest times to visit St Tropez as it quietens down out of season.
28th – 31st October – La Grande Braderie de St Tropez
In late October over a few days the stylish boutiques of Saint Tropez take their clothes outside and set out stalls and hanging racks, selling everything at massively reduced prices. This is traditional custom for clothing retailers throughout France and whizzes up a flurry of excitement for those in search of a perhaps a Chanel jacket, Gucci scarf or Prada skirt may just strike lucky! This is a time of real relaxed fun in the town and there is always a sense of fun and frisson of excitement in the air.