St Tropez conjures up beautiful bodies sunbathing on blue-and-white striped sunloungers, mega yachts and very rich and famous people. The resort town, once a small seaside village, may have lost some of its lustre since the heady days of Brigitte Bardot, but St Tropez is still a magnet on this part of the French Riviera. The Plage de Pampelonne is the beach to be seen on, but in high summer it’s wall to wall bodies. Public stretches of sand nestle between the 27 private beach clubs; if you want to use one of those (Le Club 55 is the place to go for), you’ll need a healthy credit card.
Alternatively take the seven-mile walk round the headlands, ‘le Sentier du Littoral’ to see the wonderful scenery and coastal flora. And you can take in the little beaches that are not packed out like Plage Graviers and Plage des Salins. It's a hidden part of the landscape around St Tropez that few people see.