One Day in Saint-Tropez Itinerary: A Day Trip from Nice

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by Paola Drexler

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There’s almost nothing that makes a trip feel more luxurious without paying the price than vacationing where the elite vacation and the French Riviera is one of those places. What better way to experience luxury than by planning a one day in St Tropez itinerary?

With its incredible beaches, chic boutiques, delicious restaurants and vibrant nightlife, Saint-Tropez is the perfect picturesque town in the South of France to explore for a day.

How Many Days in St Tropez?

Depending on how much extra time you have to spend, you can easily spend numerous days exploring every corner of the city or simply lying on a breezy beach.

However, if you are wondering how many days to spend in St Tropez and have limited time then one day is definitely enough to do the city justice.

The main sites are within easy reach from each other, so you can leisurely stroll around enjoying all the delicious French pastries and delicacies while getting the full St Tropez experience.

However, there are lots of beautiful beaches and other areas to explore should you have 2 days in St Tropez or more to spend.

Town of Saint Tropez
Town of Saint Tropez

Getting To & Around St Tropez

Getting to and around on your Nice to St Tropez day trip is a breeze but it also comes with various options, since most modes of transportation can get you to the lovely city.

From Nice, there are no direct trains to St Tropez, however, you can hop on an SNCF train that travels from Nice-Ville to Saint-Raphaël Valescure station. You can view train schedules here.

This is just north of St Tropez. Here, you can grab a taxi to the town or, if you want to get on the water, even hop on a ferry.

For those who prefer to drive on their own, the journey will take roughly 2 hours with no traffic but you’ll get to drive along the coast for a bit and see more of the area. You can browse rental car options here.

If you’re looking for a slightly more luxurious alternative, there’s also a ferry you can take from Nice to St Tropez that takes just over 2 hours. With this option, you’ll have a stunning view of the French Riviera and the St Tropez pier with the city behind it as you arrive. You can book ferry tickets here.

Finally, there are also a number of guided tours available such as this small group tour if you prefer to go with an organised group.

Port of Saint-Tropez
Port of Saint-Tropez

1 Day in St Tropez Itinerary

When visiting Nice or other beautiful areas on the Côte d’Azur (such as Cannes or Monaco), a Nice to St Tropez day trip is a must-do, especially for those who can’t get enough of France.

Most people may have heard of the fabulous St Tropez and the famous people who anchor their yachts at the city’s harbour but there is so much more to the city.

St Tropez Vieux Port

You’ll start your time in St Tropez at the iconic harbour that attracts people from all over. Here you’ll find some of the largest and most impressive boats, as well as pastel-coloured buildings lining the harbour.

Place des Lices Market

Just a short 10-minute walk from the harbour, you’ll come across Place des Lices Market in the old town. Here you’ll find a lovely market in the morning on Tuesdays and Saturdays that sells flowers, souvenirs and fresh produce. In the square, you may find locals playing a game of “boules,” the French ball game.

At the Place des Lices Market, you’ll get the feeling of the old charming St Tropez, as you’ll have a break from the luxury side and shop alongside locals.

You can also simply take in all of the hustle and bustle and people-watch at a streetside café while experiencing all the beautiful fresh produce that makes up the local cuisine. And those who want to explore the local food and wine further will love this guided food tour of the city.

Citadel of Saint-Tropez Museum of Maritime

After the Place des Lices Market, you’ll walk to the Citadel of Saint-Tropez Museum of Maritime, where you’ll get a breathtaking overview of the city from above. The museum is located at a fortress from the 16th century.

While in the past the fortress used to protect the city from possible invasions, it now houses historical maritime artefacts and various treasures like a ship from the 16th century. Here you’ll learn about St Tropez’s interesting seafarer history and more.

Citadel of Saint Tropez
Citadel of Saint Tropez

Cimetière marin de Saint-Tropez

When thinking about visiting a cemetery, you might picture a gloomy setting, however, at the Cimetière Marin de Saint-Tropez, you’ll get to experience a unique kind of cemetery. From here you’ll have the sea as a beautiful background and contrast to the light-coloured tombstones.

You’ll walk by the film site Brigitte Bardot graced, as well as the resting place of numerous well-known French people.

La Ponche Beach

As you make your way through the old part of town, you’ll head to La Ponche Beach next, to soak up the sun, fresh sea air and incredible view. At the beach, you can rest and relax, while admiring the stunning colourful houses and the surroundings.

Église Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption de Saint-Tropez

In the heart of the town, you’ll see a stunning church named Église Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption de Saint-Tropez that was built in the 18th century and has a Baroque touch to it. It’s an important religious and cultural site in St-Tropez and is a must-see spot for anyone interested in art, history or architecture.

When you look inside the church, you’ll find that it is equally stunning, with beautiful stained glass windows, the grand altar and a collection of sculptures and paintings dating back to the 16th century. The church has a number of significant relics, including a piece from the veil of the Virgin Mary and of the True Cross.

Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption of Saint-Tropez
Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption of Saint-Tropez


Before heading back to the harbour, indulge in a delicious treat at one of the most popular and famous cafes in the city – Senequier.

The cafe originally opened in 1887 and it has seen its fair share of celebrities. At the cafe you can enjoy more than just pastries if you’re craving some seafood, you’ll have lobster, wild sea wolf, salmon and lots more to choose from.

Although the cafe may be on the pricier side, you deserve to treat yourself on your one day in St Tropez. The food along with the view is definitely worth it!

If you opt for public transportation or the ferry ride to get to St Tropez, you can also head back to Nice on the ferry and enjoy an incredible sunset to complete your St Tropez day trip from Nice to top off an amazing trip.

Have 2 or 3 Days in St Tropez?

If you have more time and want to spend 2 or 3 days in St Tropez, there are so many activities you can add to your St Tropez itinerary. While you can see most of the popular spots in one day, with more time, you can explore the surrounding areas near the city that are just as breathtaking.


When looking for fun things to do that won’t break the bank, you can rent a chair or take a beach towel to lay on a beautiful beach, whether it’s a nudist one or not, and you can do this for free. Have a picnic on a beach, do some water activities or simply relax with a good book.

Some of the most popular beaches and beach clubs in or near St Tropez include Pampelonne Beach, Tahiti, Salins and La Croix-Valmer. Each beach is unique and nevertheless magnificent.

Pampelonne Beach in Saint Tropez
Pampelonne Beach

Chapelle Sainte-Anne

Named after the Virgin Mary’s mother, the Saint Anne Chapel dates back to the 16th century. Over the years, the chapel has been used for different things, such as a prison, storage facility and now a cultural centre.

The chapel now hosts various events like concerts, weddings, art exhibitions and other cultural events. It’s intimate atmosphere and beautiful interior make it a unique and special place to visit in Saint-Tropez. The chapel is also surrounded by picturesque streets and buildings, adding to the charm of the area.

Wine Tasting

France is known for being at the top of the list for producing the best wines. If you’re interested in sampling some local vintages, you can tour one of the many scenic wine tours in the area near St Tropez.

Learn everything there is to know about French wine, while enjoying a few glasses, or bottles, out in the beautiful vineyards.


Less than 10 km from St Tropez, you’ll come across the charming village of Ramatuelle, with narrow streets you can stroll through and dreamy white sandy beaches.

In Ramatuelle, you’ll experience the traditional Provençal of any traveller’s dream. Whether you plan to lounge on the beach, try some water sports or tour a vineyard, there is plenty to do in the area.

Coastline near Ramatuelle
Coastline near Ramatuelle

Cap Camarat

From St Tropez’s Port, Cap Camarat is about 13 km away. In France, the lighthouse is known as the second highest in the country at 36 meters high and it was built in 1829. Even today, the lighthouse still helps guide ships on the Mediterranean Sea and ensures they get to their destination safely. 


Gassin is also known for its fine wines, with several vineyards surrounding the village that offer wine tastings and tours. Visitors can sample local wines such as the famous Côtes de Provence and learn about the winemaking process from the experts.

For those who love the outdoors, Gassin is a great base for exploring the nearby beaches and natural parks, such as the Massif de l’Esterel and the Port-Cros National Park. One can also enjoy activities such as hiking, cycling, and horseback riding in the surrounding countryside.

Port Grimaud

As it was only built in 1960, the seaside town of Port Grimaud is relatively new and with its Venetian-inspired canals, bridges and architecture, it’s even nicknamed “The Venice of Provence” and makes for a popular place to visit.

Since the canals are one of the most charming and best ways to explore Port Grimaud, renting a small boat and touring the town on the water is a great way to admire the stunning town. For a great view from above, visit the Church of Saint François of Assisi and climb to the top to better take the whole town in.

Port Grimaud
Port Grimaud

Where to Stay in Saint-Tropez

Hotel La Romarine – This 3-star hotel is perfect for those looking for a lovely, comfortable base in St Tropez. Not only are there a range of delightful rooms to choose from, but there are also tennis courts for guests to use and a beautiful swimming pool to lounge in.

Le Pre de la Mer – This swanky hotel is perfect for travellers looking for a luxury stay in St Tropez. There are a number of plush rooms to choose from, a gorgeous swimming pool to splash around in, plenty of amenities for guests to enjoy (like a spa/wellness centre) and breakfast available in the mornings.

Appartement centre St Tropez – This apartment is a great choice for those who want their own flat while in St Tropex. It comes fully furnished, it has a great location for exploring the city, and it is comfortable and equipped with everything you may need during your stay in the French Riviera.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more St Tropez hotels!

Whether you decide to spend one day in St Tropez or more, there is plenty of activities and adventures you can go on in the area. You’ll be in a luxurious atmosphere without breaking the bank and enjoying all the French Rivera has to offer. So pack up your daypack and prepare for a fabulous time!

Are you visiting St Tropez? Have any questions about this itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

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Paola is a writer for The World Was Here First. Originally from the state of Arizona in the USA, she lived in Germany before moving to the United Kingdom. Paola loves spending her free time travelling in Europe and sometimes ever further afield.


  1. Hello, can you take the ferry from Nice to get a great view of the port of St Tropez from the water, then take the train back from St Raphael? Would you recommend this to have more time to spend in St Tropez? Or would you not risk missing the train back same night? Traveling 8th October for the regatta Thanks!


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