Tres Chic in the 50s, Saint-Tropez is still home to arts lovers. It may be a little less highbrow this time around, but it is still very popular with tourists because it continues to be a beautiful place to visit, although the jetset and the in-crowd have long since left it behind. Set on the lovely blue water of the Bay of Saint-Tropez, this modern version of a medieval town is most popular for the line of yachts along the quai, and the facing line of terrace cafés, divided by a parade of strolling tourists and slow cruising expensive cars. Behind the cafés, the small streets and old buildings are picturesque, but they're more popular for the multitude of shops and restaurants than historical significance. There are endless possibilities for buying gifts or items of proof that «you've been here». Movie stars and other famous pretty people do pass through, 'though not so frequently as yesteryear. The most famous, of course, are insconced in the fabulous private estates set along the coast, protected from the curious eyes of all but those with the means to rent helicopters and light aircraft. The beaches of St Tropez are mostly away from the center, and require transportation. A few beaches are located nearby to the west of the town, within reasonable walking distance. East of the town, the Plage des Graniers is in a little cove past the cemetery, a long walk or a short drive away. Further east, out the route des Salins, is the Plage des Cannebiers. Cape Beaches. Out on the cape east of St Tropez are the beaches Plage de la Moutte and Plage des Salins. Pampelonne-Ramatuelle Beaches. The most serious collection of beaches are along the Baie de Pampelonne, south of St Tropez and east of Ramatuelle. The hills a bit away from St Tropez are fine, but the area immediately surrounding the town is pretty grim, and not pretty, especially in the summertime. The roads are lined with billboards, garish commerce and neon signs.