Saint-Tropez Towers

Saint-Tropez, France

As a result of being a coastal town and needing to protect itself from attack, St Tropez became well-fortified early on in its history. You can now visit three towers scattered across the city's coastline.

Originally, four towers were built to protect the coast and the port: Tour du Portalet, Tour la Vieille, Tour de Suffren, now lost, and the Tour Jarlier

The Tour du Portalet and the Tour la Vieille, or Old Tower, look right out over the sea and are situated on either side of a cove called La Glaye, watching the entrance to the town from the Mediterranean. These two towers date from the 15th century and are situated in the historical fishermen quarter of La Ponche.

The last tower, and the most central one, is to be found on Rue Jarlier. This structure, built a little later than the others, dates from the 16th century. It confers a tranquillity and charm upon a street which is of considerable architectural interest.

The Tour Suffren bore the name of the ancient lords of Saint Tropez. Even if the tower is now lost, you can see the castle which they turned into their family home in the 18th century, in Saint Tropez's main square. It cannot be visited, but you can see its imposing stone exterior.

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Founded: 1565
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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London Review (5 months ago)
Very nice view
Luc016 (16 months ago)
Very nice place to see the entire port. Good area to sit after visiting this beautiful town. Only thing missing is a bit of shade to sit there! It's pretty quiet over there so if you like quiet places this is a good one!
ActivproTravel ActivproTravel (21 months ago)
I am very disappointed of this city, expensive shops for reach people, and nothing more. The city itself is ugly and neglected. Architecture is uninteresting. Pointless to go there if you don|t want rent a Yacht or buy expensive gift.
Neli Baseska (2 years ago)
Exquisite view. Especially in a sunny day.
Alexandru Okros (2 years ago)
Great view. It’s impressive how chill it is compared to the busy city centre.
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