The port of Saint-Tropez

For a long time the economic center of the village, the harbor is now reserved for yachting. It is an unavoidable place to stroll around to admire the superb yachts but also to appreciate the numerous nautical events that take place there.

Historically turned towards the sea, Saint-Tropez has always been and still is a “Daughter of the Sea”. A few minutes away from the hotel, the port bears witness to this maritime past. Although it is now exclusively reserved for pleasure boating, it was for a long time dedicated to fishing and coastal shipping along the Provencal and Ligurian coasts. The economic heart of the city, the port had, at the end of the 18th century, the third largest fleet on the southern French coast. It also gave rise to numerous vocations, as more than 300 sailors obtained their master’s certificate at the city’s hydrographic school. Among them, Léon Ignace Gardanne distinguished himself by completing, in 1903, a crossing between England and Chile in 56 days, a true record for the time.

Today, the port of Saint-Tropez is still in the heart of the village. A major stopover in the Mediterranean, with 734 moorings spread over two basins, the port offers walkers the impressive spectacle of the dream yachts that are moored there. It is also the venue for numerous nautical events such as the Giraglia, a three-day regatta, the Voiles de Saint-Tropez, which takes place over a week between the end of September and the beginning of October, or the Trophée du Bailli de Suffren, a race-cruise that pays tribute to the vice-admiral of the Royal Navy under Louis XVI. Another event celebrates the memory of navigation in the Mediterranean: the Voiles Latines. They bring together Italians, Sardinians, Corsicans, Spaniards from the Balearic Islands, Tunisians and Provençals around the traditional boats of the Mare Nostrum: pointus, feluccas and yawls.