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Saint-Tropez is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It is located on the French Riviera. It is known today for its famous and wealthy guests, its history with the iconic Brigitte Bardot, and its role in the liberation of Southern France in World War II. The town’s name derives from that of an early, semi-legendary martyr named Saint Torpes. His legend states that he was beheaded at Pisa during the reign of Nero, and that his body was placed in a rotten boat with a rooster and a dog. The body landed at the present-day location of the town.
During World War II, on August 15, 1944, it was the central site of a beach landing in Operation Dragoon, the Allied invasion of southern France. After the war it became the French existentialists' summer retreat. But it was in the 1950s — partly thanks to Brigitte Bardot — that Saint-Tropez received international recognition and exposure through such films as Et Dieu... créa la femme. In the 1960s and the 1970s, the film series Le gendarme de Saint-Tropez with Louis de Funès further contributed to the town's notoriety.
Saint-Tropez beaches are located along the coast in the Baie de Pampelonne also know by the residents as Grania, which lies south of Saint-Tropez and east of Ramatuelle. Pampelonne offers a collection of beaches along its five kilometre shore. Each beach is around thirty metres wide with its own beach hut and private or public tanning area. Many of the beaches offer windsurfing, sailing and canoeing equipment for rent, while others offer motorized water sports, such as power boats, jet bikes and water skiing. Some of the private beaches are naturist beaches.
Saint Tropez is well known for its fantastic food and a wide variety of shops. "It has everything. You could buy your whole winter, spring, summer and autumn wardrobe" said an English tourist. Many people have voted le club 55 the best restaurant there. The menu is superb. It has the best sea food in town. Many people have spotted famous people there from Heather Kerzener, the owner of Dubai's famous hotel the Atlantis. Abromivich is a frequent visitor. Wayne Rooney has visited, the Manchester United player. Also Tiger woods and his beautiful yacht Privacy have visited. Saint Tropez is a place you will want to go back to again and again and again....
Each year, in early October, a regatta is held in the bay of Saint-Tropez - Les Voiles de St. Tropez. This is a large draw for many yachts, some up to 50 metres in length. Many tourists come to the location for this event or as a stop on their trip to Cannes, Marseille or Nice.
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