The Little French Villa is a quaint and charming rental property that rests in a hameau (hamlet) of about 15 homes, essentially an old farm complex. Plan de la Tour, a town of about 2500, with amenities that serve all the needs for an extended stay is within walking distance. In town, you will find a Tourist Information Office, a bank and ATM, a pharmacy, pizzeria, 5 restaurants, 3 boulangeries, a gift shop, flower shop, bar, tourist office, news/magazine/book store, and “Un Peu de Tous,” a store with hardware, sundries and gifts. There is also a winery right in town as well as a wine co-op.
The local passion for petanque (or boules) is manifest in the popular boulodrome in town next to the tennis courts.
Six miles away lies the city of Ste. Maxime. (pop. 12,000) which looks across the Gulf of St. Tropez to St. Tropez. Besides the numerous cafes and restaurants, it boasts a casino, a multiplex cinema and a large amusement and water park. There is also an opportunity to rent scooters, sailboats, motorboats, jet skis or try parasailing. There are many other things to do in see in the area including live music, theater, movies, a circus and magic acts at Le Carre Gaumont. Don’t miss the huge outdoor flea market on Sundays at Jas Des Roberts.
Besides the unparalleled people-watching, night life, beaches and shopping of St. Tropez, the perched villages of Gassin and Ramatuelle on the same peninsula beckon with a different pace. Golf is available very nearby at Beauvallon and Ste. Maxime and a short trip to Brignoles would reach Barbaroux, one of the top 50 European courses. Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and paragliding are all popular local pursuits.
One of the favorite activities is to visit one of the colorful local markets. Plan de la Tour has its own nice Thursday market next to the boulodrome and the Saturday market in St. Tropez shouldn’t be missed. Any day of the week, in fact, presents a choice of markets within a short drive.