Situated in the eternally pretty Languedoc Roussillon, Saint Cyprien offers beautiful beaches, activities and sights galore. The marina is the 2nd most important port in Mediterranean France, and offers a lovely place for a ramble and a window shop.
The old town of Saint Cyprien winds up the hill toward the belltower from the 12th century and abbey, which overlook the town. The main town does offer a useful, if ugly, commercial area, with large shops, including an Intermarché. Aside from the shopping centre, the town is filled with pedestrianised streets and small boutiques intermingling with restaurants and cafés; Rue Gambetta is particularly good for eateries.
The town offers plenty of modern activities, despite its Medieval architecture, from bike hire and horse riding along well-trod paths, to tennis and squash. The resort also offers a golf course (9 and 18 holes), mini-golf, and a sports centre with daily classes to join.
Located on the Mediterranean seafront, Saint Cyprien offers lovely beaches for a day on the beach. You’ll find sailing, water-skiing and fishing in abundance on the soft sands, which are perfect for paddling and enjoying a quick dip in the sea.
Things not to miss
Culture vultures should head to the old town to view intricate carved buildings. Behind the tourist office on Rue Gambetta, you’ll find the Place de la Liberte, then a Chartreuse mansion from the 18th century, which was built for the chief officer in the French Royal Navy.
The abbey is interesting, mainly due to its turbulent past. The religious settlement developed around hermit St Cyprien (and his cave) in 620AD, after which walls were erected in the 9th century to keep out Barbarian invasions.
Come Sunday morning, Saint Cyprien becomes a market town. Forgo your holiday lie-in and wander the streets, with locals selling fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, wine, seafood, foie gras and other regional specialities.