7. St Tropez Beaches : Plage des Graniers
A short walk out of the village along the Sentier du Littoral. Enfolded in wooded hills, the beach is charming, free and has a decent little restaurant – La Plage des Graniers – for a grilled fish lunch (00 33 494 97 38 50).
8. St Tropez Beaches : Plage de la Bouillabaisse
On the road out of the village, beyond the port and car park. It’s not a beach of enormous beauty, but it’s easy to get to, the views across the bay to the Maures mountains are splendid and there’s generally less of a scrum here.
Plus there’s a handful of good beach club-bar-restaurants. Pick of the bunch may be the Pearl Beach (00 33 498 12 70 70; thepearlbeach.com), a coolly sophisticated top-end spot of teak decking, sculpted wood and Orient-meets-Med atmosphere. There is, of course, a spa. None of this comes cheap. Think €40+ for a two-course lunch, €70 for a three-course dinner.