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Saint-Raphael
Travel Guide

Saint-Raphael showing island images, landscape views and rugged coastline

The red-hued Calanques of Estérel and the deep blue Mediterranean Sea meet in Saint-Raphaël, a sublime seaside resort with a rich history.

Situated on the Côte d'Azur, a stone's throw from Fréjus, this former fishing village now attracts tourists with the captivating, colourful beauty of its scenery, ancient monuments, numerous outdoor activities and lively festivals.

On arrival in the town centre, you'll immediately love the charming Vieux-Port and the huge jardin Bonaparte, where it's lovely to take a stroll. Nearby, the old town contains majestic buildings, such as the Neo-Byzantine Notre-Dame de la Victoire basilica, and the 12-century Église San Rafeu, the presbytery of which is home to an archaeological museum. The museum is full of objects recovered off the coast, sometimes millennia-old artefacts from the many shipwrecks that have happened in the choppy waters. Outside, the church tower offers a great view from a height of 25 metres.

You can then explore the 15 miles of breathtaking coastline, covered with vast beaches, coves and calanques, behind which stand the red-hued peaks of the Estérel massif and its dense national forest. The perfect place for swimming, scuba diving, cruises, hiking and mountain biking. As you explore, you'll discover the Cap du Dramont and its picturesque little port, or the superb Mont Vinaigre, which stands at 618 metres.

When you get back to the town centre, you can relax in a spa, try your luck in the casino or try a Provençal speciality in one of the charming restaurants. Festivals are also held all year round, including the jazz festival in early July, or the festival of lights in December, when certain iconic sites are lit up.

Saint-Raphaël can be reached by motorway, high-speed train (direct links to Paris) or by air, the nearest airport being Cannes-Mandelieu, just over 12 miles away. Once you're there, the best way to get around is by car, including driving along the Corniche d'Or, which stretches along the coastline.

Happy holidays in Saint-Raphaël!

Where to stay in Saint-Raphael

Best Western Plus Hotel La Marina
Best Western Plus Hotel La Marina
4 out of 5
30 place de la Marina, Saint-Raphael, Var
Free cancellation
The price is £83 per night from 18 May to 19 May
Situated in Saint-Raphael, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Saint Raphael convention center and Saint-Raphael Beach. Frejus Beach is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) ...
4.1/5Very Good! (408 reviews)
First class marina hotel.
"One of the best Best Westerns that I've stayed at! Nice, clean, well appointed two storey hotel, based around a good sized swimming pool. Decent sized bedrooms with excellent air conditioning (it was 30+ degrees during our stay) and balcony. Good bathroom/shower etc. Parking immediately outside the ..."

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

Best Western Plus Hotel La Marina
Escale au soleil Hôtel et Appartement
Escale au soleil Hôtel et Appartement
2 out of 5
75 Avenue Marius Coullet, Frejus
The price is £68 per night from 17 May to 18 May
Located in Saint-Aygulf, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Galiote Beach, Plage des Esclamandes and Plage de Saint-Aygulf. Plage de Vénus and Plage du ...
4.1/5Very Good! (15 reviews)
Disappointing
"The balconies in the apartment have comfortable furniture and stunning views. The bathroom was supplied with plentiful and very nice towels. The area is very peaceful and quiet. However, we rented an apartment because we like to make some of our own meals. This kitchen was hard to cook in. Only one ..."

Reviewed on 3 Oct 2019

Escale au soleil Hôtel et Appartement
Village Club Miléade Les Issambres -Val d'Esquières
Village Club Miléade Les Issambres -Val d'Esquières
3 out of 5
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Nestled on the beach, this Les Issambres resort is within a 10-minute walk of Plage de la Garonnette Beach and San Peire Beach. Plage des Gireliers and Nartelle ...
3.7/5Good! (67 reviews)
Beautiful location
"It would be nice to have wi fi in the room"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2018

Village Club Miléade Les Issambres -Val d'Esquières
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Village Pierre & Vacances - Cap Esterel - Saint Raphaël Village
Village Pierre & Vacances - Cap Esterel - Saint Raphaël Village
3 out of 5
Cap Esterel, Saint-Raphael, Var
The price is £88 per night from 5 May to 6 May
This family-friendly Saint-Raphael residence is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Plage du Pourrousset and Plage d'Agay. Esterel Massif is 2.3 mi ...
3.5/5Good! (143 reviews)
"Liked: huge balcony, smart layout of the flat, good quality equipment, 3 fans, nice pizzerias (Pizza du Pub) Didn't like: flat itself is a bit small, kid's kit didn't include bathtub although advertised on their leaflets that it is there, broken safe box, balcony door very hard to lock therefore ..."

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2019

Village Pierre & Vacances - Cap Esterel - Saint Raphaël Village
Résidence Odalys Domaine des Eucalyptus
Résidence Odalys Domaine des Eucalyptus
3 out of 5
RD7 - Les Châteaux de Villepey, Frejus
Situated near the beach, this residence is within 2 miles (3 km) of Galiote Beach, Plage des Esclamandes and Nature Base François Léotard. Plage de Vénus and ...
3.4/5 (15 reviews)
Bon weekend
"Facile a trouver Personnel de l'accueil très agréable Appartement très sympa et spacieux"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

Résidence Odalys Domaine des Eucalyptus
Les Parasols d'Argens
Les Parasols d'Argens
1761 Route de la Bouverie, \N, Roquebrune-sur-Argens, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Situated in a rural location, this aparthotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Blavet Gorges and within 9 miles (15 km) of Frejus Beach and Esterel Massif. Rock of Roquebrune ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (49 reviews)
Nice
"Nice place and conveniently located. Staff was very friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2019

Les Parasols d'Argens
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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