St Tropez has been dubbed as the summer playground for the rich, famous and glamorous during which time you see the beaches become engulfed with tanned bodies and expensive private yachts. The iconic Brigitte Bardot was 'discovered' here and you are almost guaranteed to spot someone famous strolling up one of the beaches or hanging out in one of the hip cafes. It is situated on the French Riviera with Ramatuelle lying on a hill nearby. The history of Saint Tropez is colourful and varied, changing between a fifteenth century military stronghold to a quiet sea-side fishing village. It was also one of the first towns on this coast to be liberated after World War Two and went on to become a favourite for artists who put it on the map as an internationally known and popular seaside resort. The continuing hordes of tourists each year prove the area's unabating popularity.