Where would you stay in or around St-Tropez?

March 16, 2009


I leave for Provence in one week, rendering the list of what I have to do before throwing laptop and luggage in Twingo and driving six hours south decidedly daunting:-


  • Finalise Provence book style-sheet with Lonely Planet style guru in Melbourne and send to co-authors
  • Re-read and digest 150pp of map, book and product briefs plus too many related emails to count.
  • Discuss potential new maps with cartographer.
  • Read and make notes on 100-plus readers’ letters.
  • Create list of Provence highlights for images to be sourced.
  • Buy new Michelin Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur road map (one I have dates to 2007 when I updated the last edition).
  • Finalise day-by-day travel itinerary of Leg One: St-Tropez Area.
  • Stop dithering about where to stay, make a decision and book: in St-Trop itself aiming for Hôtel Lou Cagnard (cheap, spitting distance from Place des Lices, has its own – drum roll – free parking. Got a better idea?). Elsewhere must reserve Chez Bruno (eat, sleep, truffle cooking course: this chef’s even on Facebook); sign up for ‘Man & Forest’ hike in the Massif des Maures with the Conservatoire du Patrimoine in La Garde Freinet; keep looking for olive farms/wineries where guests can help with the harvests – any ideas?
  • Continue stuffing freezer with meals to avoid husband @luefkens and two small boys starving in my absence.

Enough chat. Best get on with it.



  1. In re: St Tropez. When you (re)write this bit of the guide please note that the traffic getting in and out of there in summer is horrible – and it’s not too wonderful even in spring and autumn. It’s usually better to go the St Maxime and take the ferry across (and actually it may be better to get a boat all the way from Cannes).

    Olive farms do their harvest thing in November/December. Not a time I’d expect people to show up and volunteer.

    Wineries – http://www.stmarcdesomedes.com/

  2. Hi this blog is great I will be recommending it to friends.

  3. Hi Francis – Many thanks for your comment and absolutely, I couldn’t agree with you more. To quote the current edition I wrote two years ago:

    ‘People who do wrong in life are made to drive to St-Tropez in high season when they die: roads in July and August are chock-a-block and oarking costs €4 per hour at the Nouveau Port. For your sanity, try to get here by another means. (p352)’

    Lindsay Philips is duly noted in my research notes -I’m looking forward to meet him when I’m in Lorgues the week after next.

    Thanks again and keep in touch! Nicola

  4. Hi Watcat – Sweet words, thank you, and please do! Nicola

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