Discover saint raphaël

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DepartureSAINT-RAPHAEL (83)
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Originally a small fishing village, Saint-Raphaël is now world-renowned for its huge choice of activities, wonderful climate and beautiful environment. Saint-Raphaël comprises a delightful town centre.


Visit of the city

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Guided tour on foot of the town centre.

Every Thursday morning (10.00-12.00) Promenade des Bains : this vast esplanade offers beautiful views over the Bay of Saint-Raphaël and its two famous offshore volcanic rocks - the "Sea Lion" and the "Earth Lion".

Plage du Veillat (public sandy beach with lifeguard in Summer ; sun lounger/parasol hire).


To see :

  • The ancient parish church or "Eglise des Templiers" : a listed monument since 1907, is Europe's oldest sanctuary dedicated to the Archangel Raphaël
  • The adjacent 30-metre high watchtower, dates back to the 13th or 14th century
  • Notre Dame de la Victoire de Lépante, a Neo-Byzantine style cathedral.

Accommodation nearby

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Pierre et Vacances Village Club Cap Esterel

  • Saint-raphael
  • 08 92 70 21 80
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Hôtel le Mistral

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 95 38 82
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Jean Rémy les TAINTURIER

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 19 85 30
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Hôtel Restaurant Les Flots Bleus

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 44 80 21

The Old port

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Fish Market : From 7.30 every morning you can purchase your fish straight from the fishermen on the quaysides.

La promenade du Commandant Guilbaud ou Cours Jean Bart : You will enjoy wandering along the quays in the shade of the plane trees and admiring the splendid view over the port.

Les Joutes Provençales (Water Jousting) : Provençal water jousting was first born in three thousand B.C. when contests were organised by local fishermen to celebrate their art.


Accommodation nearby

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Pierre et Vacances Village Club Cap Esterel

  • Saint-raphael
  • 08 92 70 21 80
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Hôtel le Mistral

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 95 38 82
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Jean Rémy les TAINTURIER

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 19 85 30
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Hôtel Restaurant Les Flots Bleus

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 44 80 21

Discover Dramont

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Island : The island's latter-day Medieval-style tower was built in the 19th century by the eccentric Doctor Auguste Luthaud. Luthaud proclaimed himself king of the island and received many local personalities there.

Beaches : Plage du Débarquement shingle beach, Plage du Camp Long and Plage du Pourousset sandy beaches.

Poussaï Port : A typical fishing port

Cap Dramont : Part of the Estérel's national forest, the Cape forms one of the most beautiful and accessible stretches of the "Sentier du Littoral" or Coastal Footpath.

Dramont Lakes : Ancient mines at origin of the blue porphyry which now forms the dramont's pretty shingle beach


Accommodation nearby

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Pierre et Vacances Village Club Cap Esterel

  • Saint-raphael
  • 08 92 70 21 80
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Hôtel le Mistral

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 95 38 82
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Jean Rémy les TAINTURIER

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 19 85 30
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Hôtel Restaurant Les Flots Bleus

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 44 80 21

the Agay bay

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Agay Bay, forming a natural gateway to the Estérel hills, is renowned for the remarkable beauty of its beaches and its safe anchorages.

"Phare de la Baumette" lighthouse and the "Fontaine pour le Petit Prince" fountain pay tribute to the writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.


Accommodation nearby

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Pierre et Vacances Village Club Cap Esterel

  • Saint-raphael
  • 08 92 70 21 80
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Hôtel le Mistral

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 95 38 82
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Jean Rémy les TAINTURIER

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 19 85 30
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Hôtel Restaurant Les Flots Bleus

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 44 80 21

The coastal footpath

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The Coastal Footpath : You can enjoy a great 2 1/2 hour (8km) walk from Port Santa Lucia to Pointe Longue (in Le Dramont).

This coastal footpath was originally intended to help customs officers survey boats arriving on the coast.

This marked footpath is packed with volcanic remains :

  • Quartz-rich lava from Santa Lucia's volcano resembling a huge mass of "organ pipes", just after Santa Lucia Port.
  • After Aigue Bonne beach, remarkable black rocks formed by volcanic dust 230 million years ago.
  • Plage du Débarquement, an incredibly hard grey-blue volcanic rock, dating back 30 million years emanating from the ancient Dramont mines

Accommodation nearby

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Pierre et Vacances Village Club Cap Esterel

  • Saint-raphael
  • 08 92 70 21 80
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Hôtel le Mistral

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 95 38 82
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Jean Rémy les TAINTURIER

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 19 85 30
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Hôtel Restaurant Les Flots Bleus

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 44 80 21

The hilltop villages of the Fayence area

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 Perched on hilltops or hanging on mountainsides, the 8 Fayence-area hilltop villages have stood the test of time. In them you will discover the pleasure of their criss-crossing mediaeval lanes, their harmonious squares, their fountains, their traditional Provençal-style homes. Lakes, ponds and streams provide many possibilities for fun in the water.


Accommodation nearby

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Pierre et Vacances Village Club Cap Esterel

  • Saint-raphael
  • 08 92 70 21 80
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Hôtel le Mistral

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 95 38 82
jean-remy-les-tainturier saint-raphael

Jean Rémy les TAINTURIER

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 19 85 30
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Hôtel Restaurant Les Flots Bleus

  • Saint-raphael
  • 04 94 44 80 21



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