Walking / Hiking / Biking around the Golfe de St Tropez
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It is quite wonderful to walk around the old town of St Tropez, explore its narrow streets and quaint plazas. Do not miss the legendary Place des Lices (lovely square, framed with plane trees and cafés), the Italian baroque style Église de St-Tropez quintessential landmark built in 1785 and the tiny La Ponche harbour. Walk up to the 17th century citadel that dominates the hillside and enjoy the fantastic panoramic views of the bay.
Coastal footpath from St Tropez harbor to Pampelonne beach 15km: It is possible to walk from the harbour to the famous Pampelonne beach, following a scenic path along the seaside. The parth starts at Plage des Graniers, located after the cemetery, on the east side of the harbour. Just follow the trail, passing along several beaches. The whole hike is quite long, especially if you choose to end in Pampelonne beach (5km long itself), but it is really worth the effort.
Phare du Camarat: At the south end of Pampelonne beach is the Cap Camarat, dominated by France’s second tallest lighthouse. Head from the beach to Bonne Terrasse Bay and then take the path going up towards the lighthouse. It is possible to climb up the stairs to the top of the lighthouse, and admire the fabulous vistas of St Tropez surroundings.
Massif des Maures, stretching from Hyeres to Fréjus, is densely forested and has fantastic hiking and biking trails. The beautiful village of Garde Freinet, situated in the heart of the Maures mountains, is a great starting point for bike rides or hikes, such as the spectacular 21km GR9.
Pep’s Spirit organises mountain bike and road bike tours (with or without equipment) in the outback of St Tropez. Also offer kayak and standing paddle excursions. Great reputation, young, friendly and English speaking guides, open year round.
Tel: +33(0)4 94 96 88 04 / 0633829137
Riding a bike is the best way to get around St Tropez’s summer traffic. Rolling Bikes, located downtown 14 Av Gal Leclerc rent mountain and city bikes.
Tel: +33(0)4 94 97 09 39