High above the village of Saint-Tropez the imposing Citadel looms, reminding visitors that this was once a village whose primary purpose was defense.
Built in the early 1600s, this hexagonal fortress at the east end of the village is now a place to go for sweeping views over the roofs of Saint-Tropez and the surrounding coastline. It is also home to the and houses the Musée d’Histoire Maritime (Museum of Maritime History) in the space that was once the the citadel’s dungeon.
Wander the grounds and check out the four Spanish cannons seized during one attempted attack. Lookout for peacocks—they wander around here, too.
The museum is where Saint-Tropez’s maritime past is revealed through the stories of men and women who have come ashore. Visitors will learn about the town’s deeply rooted fishing history as well as discover the names of local heroes such as Pierre-André de Suffren, a judge with the Knights of Malta who became a captain in the royal navy, and contributed to the rise of the city (look for his statue on the port).
Just €3 entrance fee.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m; 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Children under 8 enter free.