Saint-Tropez is a town, commune and resort on the French Riviera in southeastern France. It is located on the northern side of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez on the Mediterranean coast, about 100 km (62 mi) west of Nice and 60 km (37 mi) southeast of Marseille. Saint-Tropez was a military stronghold and fishing village until the beginning of the 20th century. It was the first town on this coast to be liberated during World War II (August 15, 1944). Saint-Tropez is now a popular tourist destination, renowned for its beaches and it is also frequently dubbed “St. Tropez”, “Saint-Trop” or simply “Strop”.