The Citadel of Saint-Tropez

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The Citadel of Saint-Tropez

The Citadel of Saint-Tropez is a cultural treasure that offers more than just a glimpse into the past. It’s a place where history, art and unique views intertwine to create an unforgettable visitor experience.

The entrance gate to the Citadel of Saint-Tropez
The entrance gate to the Citadel of Saint-Tropez – ©

Explore the historic citadel of Saint-Tropez: a jewel on the French Riviera

Located on the sun-drenched coast of the French Riviera, the picturesque town of Saint-Tropez doesn’t just offer glamorous beaches and celebrity spotting.

It is also home to a remarkable historical gem – the Citadel of Saint-Tropez. Overlooking the azure Mediterranean Sea, this fortress stands as a sentinel of history and culture.

Whether you are a history buff, art lover or simply just looking for a unique perspective to appreciate the beauty of Saint-Tropez, the citadel calls for you.

The enchanting history of the citadel

The Citadel of Saint-Tropez has withstood the test of time since its first foundations were laid in the early 17th century. Built in 1607 to defend the coast from Spain, it has witnessed countless battles and sieges. Today, the fortifications serve as a touching reminder of Saint-Tropez’s strategic importance throughout History.

Architectural splendor and panoramic views

The citadel is a prime example of classical military architecture, with a hexagonal layout and impressive bastions. Visitors are often captivated by the magnificent panoramic views it offers. From the top, you can gaze out over the glittering Saint-Tropez Bay and the terracotta-red roofs of the old town, making the castle a paradise for photographers.

See image gallery at the end of the article.

The Maritime Museum – a cultural insight into the history of shipping

Within the walls of the citadel is the Maritime History Museum, which celebrates the city’s maritime traditions. The exhibits range from models of historic ships to artifacts salvaged from ancient wrecks. They tell the stories of the men and women who have shaped Saint-Tropez’s maritime heritage.

Saolboat Virtuelle-model in the Citadel
There is also room for a little modern sailing – here in the form of a model of Philip Stark’s Virtual from 1995 – ©

Read more about the Maritime History Museum here.

Visit to the Citadel of Saint-Tropez: practical information

Planning a visit to the citadel is hassle free. It is open year-round with guided tours available in several languages. The entrance fee is reasonable (4€ and children under 12 are free) and visitors can enjoy a relaxing stroll around the grounds after exploring the museum.

Cultural events and celebrations

The Citadel of Saint-Tropez is visited not only during daylight hours. Throughout the year, it hosts a variety of cultural events, including open-air concerts and art exhibitions, which contribute to its vibrant atmosphere.

Recommended boat trips and excursions at Saint-Tropez:

Photo gallery from the Citadel:

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By Tommy Sverre - 2023

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