The sparkle of its beaches and clarity of its light continues to attract artists - but it was the famous presence of Brigitte Bardot that leant Saint Tropez its enduring glamour and steamy appeal. Nowadays speedboats skim offshore while fine vintages from the vineyards nearby are uncorked in top-notch restaurants in this well-heeled highlight of the Cote d'Azur. Famous bars offer views of the port along Quai Jean Jaurès with its iconic cherry-red directors' chairs. Here you can admire the monstrous wealth of yachts that sparkle on the waters. On the same corner big-name brand labels glimmer in the shops of rue François Sibilli - which cuts inland from the charming waterfront. The earthier appeal of boules clinking and thumping into the ground can be enjoyed at Place des Lices where sun-wrinkled locals compete. Saint Tropez has a few beaches of its own but famous stretches like Pampelonne Beach draw the biggest crowds to relax on star-studded golden sands. La Ponche the authentic fishing quarter retains its cobbled historic elegance and a 17th-century hexagon-shaped citadel watches over the city and coastline from above. Coastal walks in the sea air snake away from the city’s bustle and a series of headlands shape the stunning riviera landscape surrounding Saint Tropez. The historic monochrome Cap Camarat lighthouse adds a pleasing accent to hikes above the sparkling Mediterranean’s waves.