Other things to do - further out from St. Tropez

Porquerolles

Ile de Porquerolles is completely environmentally friendly island, 7km by 3km where the only method of transport is by foot or bicycle and all visitors arrive by boat.  Ile de Porquerolles is the biggest of the three islands of Or in the Hyeres gulf and the most popular, with the largest population. The village was first built in 1820, the lighthouse in 1837 and the church in 1850.  After being owned by a succession of people, the island was bought in 1912 by Monsieur Fournier who apparently bought it as a wedding present for his wife.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/bestbeaches/9441229/Secret-seaside-the-beaches-of-Porquerolles-France.html

 

St. Paul De Vence

There are many hilltop villages along the Cote D'Azure but St. Paul De Vence is a stand-out because:

LA COLOMBE D'OR - real Mirós, Bonnards, and Légers hang on the restaurant walls.  The art was given in payment in hungrier days when this inn was known as the heart of St-Paul's artistic revival.  Back then, it was the cherished retreat of Picasso and Chagall, Maeterlinck and Kipling, and Yves Montand and Simone Signoret (who met and married here).  Reservation is a must.

FOUNDATION MAEGHT - A modern art museum set in nature, the Maeght Foundation contains one of the most important collections in Europe, with paintings, sculptures; drawings and graphic works of modern art from the 20th century (Bonnard, Braque, Calder, Chagall, Chillida, Giacometti, Léger, Miró, Ubac…) and contemporary artists (Adami, Calzolari, Caro, Del Re, Dietman, Kelly, Mitchell, Monory, Oh Sufan, Takis, Tàpies...).

Gorges du Verdon

 Gorges du Verdon

Gorges du Verdon

The Verdon Gorge located between Avignon & Nice is the largest canyon in Europe. The beautiful scenery can be viewed via a drive on the southern rim.  You can also hike & do white-water rafting.