Pampelonne Beach Bars & Restaurants 2019… Will they be ready to open for Easter?
The honest truth is… no one really seems to know!
When I asked at both the Mairie & the Tourist Office of Ramatuelle, I was met with that famous French shrug!
If I was pushed for an answer, I’d hedge my bets & say… Some will definitely be open but I fear not all. Easter Sunday is 21st April, exactly 1 month from today… rest assured this will not be my last post on this subject.
This photograph taken yesterday shows how much work is going on behind the dunes at the Gros-Vallet area (Esquinade, La Cabane Bamboo, Indie Beach & Tropicana parking area).
Since the 1950’s when Bridgette Bardot really put St Tropez on the map, Pampelonne Beach has become a Mecca for rich & famous holiday makers who flock to one of the upmarket beach restaurants daily from around Easter to soak up its beauty, sun & vibrant atmosphere (and of course to see & be seen!).
However, the popularity of the 4.5 kilometer sandy beach has had a huge negative impact upon the health of the flora in the sand dunes on which several very rare plants grow. For example, the sea daffodil, Marram grass & Sour Fig (known to us as witches’ fingers). Therefore in 2015, after some years of study, it was deemed necessary for this plan of action to commence.
This photograph was taken yesterday & shows a much more natural Pampelonne beach.
In summer 2018, there were 27 beach clubs. In 2019 there will be 23, with Shellona, Bagatelle, La Plage des Jumeaux, Eden Plage, Keywest, Maison Bianca, Pago Pago & Tabou all disappearing.
2019 Season Pampelonne Beach Clubs will be as follows :
Tahiti Area : Tropezina, Tahiti, Le 1051, Moorea
Tamaris Area : Lou Lou, Les Palmiers, L’Orangerie
Pampelonne Camping Area : Toison D’Or, Neptune, Tiki Beach, Tiki Club
Boulevard Patch Area : Club 55, Cap 21, Hotel de Paris, Byblos
L’Epi Area : Hotel La Reserve, Christophe Artis, Nikki Beach, Polynesie
Gros-Vallet Area : La Cabane Bambou, Indie Beach, L’Esquinade, Tropicana
This reduces the total stretch of beach occupied by clubs in 2018 from 1350m to 900m this coming summer, that equates to 20% clubs & 80% free to the public. There will be strict rules to preserve nature.
New Pampelonne Beach will cater for all year-round clients with more restaurants staying open every month of the year.
Thanks for reading, I hope you found this interesting. Till next time, Helen.