About Maddie S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Sep 2014
Hello! I'm Maddie- a native NYer whose Wanderlust has taken her abroad again and again. Having lived in six countries, and visiting others for school, work, leisure, and sport, I've adopted many localities, and am an admirer of a great many more. An avid scholar of language and culture, I hope to keep expanding my travel repertoire, and sharing great stories with the rest of the travel community. To give you some background on my travels, I spent months each year since childhood in Old Montreal, where part of my family lives. Summers were spent visiting folks in Ft. Lauderdale and L.A. My first big trip outside of the US on my own was to Australia & New Zealand at 12- I caught the bug early! I then moved to Japan where I studied for part of high school & uni. I am very familiar with Japanese cities, Sapporo and Osaka especially. Some of my favourite travel destinations include Goreme, Dubai, Marrakech, and Queenstown. (Plans for 2015 include China & Uganda!) Nice to meet you!
Beaches, Bars & Clubs
Flea & Street Markets
History Museums, Speciality Museums
Scuba & Snorkeling
Water Sports, Kayaking & Canoeing, Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Marinas, Historic Walking Areas, Scenic Walking Areas
Plage de Pampelonne is the most popular beach destination for visitors to Saint Tropez, and for good reason! With over three miles of sand being gently lapped at by the clear, cool waters of the Mediterranean, Pampelonne is a paradise. The 'It' spot for famous celebrities and glamorous yachts, the beach itself is a little less pretentious, with both public and private spaces for swimming and relaxing in the sun. A great way to get your trip started right, enjoy a relaxing dip and a visit to one of the many seaside bars or restaurants.
Maison Ocoa is one of the many beach clubs located on the Plage de Pampelonne. Notably, it is one of the most peaceful and relaxed, with a chilled contemporary vibe. Offering both indoor and outdoor dining services at reasonable prices, as well as beach beds and parasols straddling the surf, you can't go wrong with a laid back day on the sun-baked sands here, enjoying the sea and the view.
The buzzing Place des Lices Market is overflowing with stalls selling food and wares. With a focus on the local, produce ranges from fresh-made bread, honey, and jams to regional fruits, veggies, and meats. Finely embroidered clothing, bejeweled accessories, and crafts are also on offer, and not surprising for Saint Tropez, you may even find a few sellers with surplus or vintage Chanel and Dior stock. A great place to visit to pick up a picnic lunch, a souvenir, or to simply take in the old-world merchant ambiance.
Close to the the famed Citadelle and Saint Tropez Harbor, the often overlooked Restaurant Le G' offers visitors a rustic, charming experience right in the heart of the city. Tucked away into a side-street from out of a fairytale, Le G' boasts friendly staff, delicious food, excellent wine pairings, and shockingly easy prices. Family-run, the warm and inviting atmosphere is perfect for a relaxed lunch. Dishes use locally-sourced fresh produce, and are prepared in a semi-open kitchen, where you can peek at the chef preparing his favorite kind of dish: 'simple and magnificent.'
From the top of the Citadelle de Saint-Tropez, admire the seascape that once inspired the impressionist masters, and still delights visitors to this day. The Citadelle, with its unique history and commanding views of the city below, is a wonderful spot to escape the crowds (and the sun) and unwind for a while. When you've finished with the view, be sure to take in the indoor museum, which narrates some of the city's history, as well as the story of the building itself, a satisfying visit for history buffs and learners of all ages.
For the adventurous and the ever-ready, rather than a relaxing day out, go ahead and take on the elements! At the European Diving School, safety, communication, and professionalism are all paramount when taking visitors out on dives, both scuba and snorkeling. Whether you are a fresh beginner, or an old pro, the folks here at the Diving School can guide you through reefs and wrecks to discover everything from ships to exotic schools of fish. With four diving sessions a day (including one deep dive) and equipment on hand, the Diving School has everything you need for an epic few hours out at sea.
For another sporty option, La Moune in Gassin offers an array of water-based activities, including paddle-boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, canoeing, and catamarans. Take a lesson in how to control any of these vessels, or, if you're already old hat at them, just enjoy a day at play. Either way, if the weather is warm and the seas are calm, this is a great way to take advantage of the Mediterranean!
Saint Tropez Harbor is a quaint part of town where visitors can continue the process of unwinding after a high-adrenaline day. The yacht-lined docks are bordered on land by a number of cafes and boutique shops, offering plenty of slow, easy-going spots in which to enjoy the sea and get down to some serious shopping. Grabbing an espresso at a terraced restaurant in the sun or exploring quaint, hidden side-streets are what makes the harbor area so special. A good bit of local fun and flavor awaits.
For a more guided on-the-water experience, a day tour with Naviguez Anne Caseneuve means you'll be spending time with some of the area's most expert navigators. This tour company is a wonderful way to visit the various nearby beaches and shores, with many different sailing options offered to accommodate your specific schedule and desires. You can devote as much or as little time to a tour as you like, making it a good fit for short visits. Be sure to ask plenty of questions about your destinations — your navigators are extremely knowledgeable, which is the real treat of the journey!
Before you get on an airplane, why not work out all the inevitable stress and back kinks in advance? At SPA Pure Altitude in Villa Sainte Marie, 'multi-sensorial' elements and natural herbal ingredients help to relieve stress during massages, facials, and beauty regimes designed to renew, relax, and regenerate. You can even grab a massage outdoors, surrounded by trees swaying in the wind, before taking in the Villa's stunning view of the sea over a cool glass of water or juice. Your 'ahh' moment for the day.
Le Pescadou is a bit of a drive from the rest of the action, but the mountainous view alone is worth it. Suggested for dinner (or for an early-morning pre-flight breakfast), the dishes at Le Pescadou are fresh and filling. Grab a seat outdoors, weather permitting, and indulge in their house specialty: seafood. Whether you're in the mood for baked mussels or rock fish soup, just be sure to save room for dessert! Their menus are 'of the moment' and change seasonally, so there's always something new to try at this modern, rustic gem.