I am writing this from the terrace of Domaine de Réve. Sitting here, up on the hill overlooking where the vineyards meet the sea really is like the house is named " a dream".
I am so lucky to stay at my dear friend (Kate) and most fabulous travel buddies home. I recommend renting a house if you can stay for any length of time. A kitchen and place to relax allows you to get accustomed into the French way of life and to feel like you are living here, at least temporarily, which to me, is a one of the most special parts of spending time abroad.
The French Riviera is known for incredible ocean views, picturesque towns, rosé vineyards and delicious restaurants. Domaine de Reve is located outside the picturesque village of Gassin, Les Plus Beaux Villages de France.
This guide covers some of my favorite stops along the way, spending days exploring quaint towns, swimming at European beaches, visits to the boulongerie, treasure hunting at the brocantes (flea markets), enjoying delicious meals and of course the rosé. a great starting point to plan your own road trip along the French coastline.
I am already looking forward to my next trip back!
La Forge - Ramatuelle
Fabulous Italian restaurant located in the city center with views to the sea. The owners/chef Paolo et Francesca are beyond charming! The food is excellent and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. It is open for both lunch and dinner. They have a sister restaurant that serves pizza next door.
11 Rue Victor Léon, 83350 Ramatuelle, France | +33 4 83 12 09 86
La Verdoyante - Gassin
Nestled on the hillside of the village of Gassin and overlooks the Minuty wine estates and the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. La Verdoyante makes you feel like you're visiting family, it is located in the vineyards with a beautiful setting. We enjoyed Sunday lunch here and you can tell it was the same regulars who come every Sunday.
This is the beach to go to when you think of Saint Tropez. Situated in Ramatuelle but this is where most people in at Tropez go to beach. Long beautiful expanse of beach lined with small beach clubs. It is situated near our house so we enjoy coming for a morning dip after grabbing the essential cafe and pastry. The beach clubs have fun scenes. ,you can make a day of the beach want to make a day of it choose one of the many beach clubs and you can reserve a beautiful beach chair/ umbrella where you can order rosé and snacks. And watch the There are great restaurants in this area.
Jardin Tropezina - live music, on the beach
Live music at dinner. You can reserve beach chairs during the day fun beach club for a beautiful dinner on the water. Live music
Club 55 - And this we have to go to because it's famous...
This is a total scene. Great place to watch Peacocks parading around. Completely open air, located back from Pompelonne beach. We went for a late lunch, try the pesto trofie.
Les Moulins - restaurant
Afternoon drinks, so cute. This is located in between St Tropez and Ramtualle on the way to Pampelonne beaches.
34 Chemin des Moulins 83350 RAMATUELLE | +33 4 94 45 69 72
Indie Beach House
Pampelonne Beach - Ramatuelle
Located between St Tropez and Ramatuelle this is a beautiful serene long beach. There is parking at many points along the beach for about 5euro. Morning and evening are the best times to come for a dip. Especially fun to stop at the Boulongerie and head down to the beach after with your croissant and coffee. Equally as nice in the evening to bring a bottle of rosé and some cheese. There are many beach clubs where you can have lunch (always best to make a reservation). And if you are making a day at the beach you can rent a cabana.
A highlight has been treasure hunting at the local Brocantes/ Flea Market. They happen all over and just a little time spent googling will show you where and when the best ones are. We have founds so many treasures for the house.
Next was Provence, for beautiful lavender fields and wineries amongst hilltop towns like Gordes and Menerbes (separate travel guide coming for Provence!).