Wednesday, July 8, 2009

St Tropez a French Resort

A popular tourist destination in the Var department of southern France, St Tropez is renowned throughout the world as a destination for the rich and famous. Its name is derived from a matyr named Saint Torpes who was beheaded in the reign of Nero at Pisa in Italy, and set afloat, he is said to have landed where the town of St Tropez stands today. St Tropez saw some action during World War 2, when it was the location of a beach landing during Operation Dragoon. It rose in popularity as a playground of the rich and famous during the 1950’s, due mostly to exposure created by actress Brigit Bardot. St Tropez has a number of popular beaches which stretch around the Bay of Pampelonne, the area is also renowned for water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, power boating and jet-skiing. Map of St Tropez.