Mountains, beaches, history and fun
Halfway between Cannes and Saint-Tropez, Saint-Raphaël is a gorgeous Riviera resort set at the foot of the breathtaking Estérel Mountains. Its 22 miles (36 km) of craggy coastline offers more than 30 beaches and coves, a range of water sports and a 5-mile (8 km) coastal path to explore.
The town centre itself sits on the water’s edge and invites you to explore its numerous marinas, shops, markets, bars and historical sites.
Nice is the nearest airport to Saint-Raphaël, some 40 miles (65 km) distant. You can travel by TGV from the airport or via Nice itself in around an hour. Other options are to use the Beltrame Shuttle bus, Airport Transfer Service or private taxi.
The Beltrame shuttle bus to/from Nice airport stops outside the station.
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire de Lépante:
The Basilica of Our Lady of Victory was built of pink sandstone from the Estérel Mountains in a Roman Byzantine style, inspired by Sainte-Sophie in Istanbul.
Casino Barrière de Saint-Raphaël:
Saint-Raphaël’s lively nightlife is centred on this area, with a number of clubs as well as the casino. It’s open every day until 4 or 5am, with three bars and two restaurants to choose from inside.
Bay of Agay:
For some of the best swimming, sailing, canoeing and diving on the Mediterranean coast, head to this sheltered bay between Cap Dramont and Pointe de la Baumette, in front of the reddish Rastel d’Agay mountain.
Old Town and markets:
The Old Town or village district was originally the peasants’ quarter but is now a buzzing area of Provençal markets, narrow shopping streets and intriguing historical buildings.
The archaeological museum is home to many fascinating underwater finds, recovered from the wrecks of ancient ships that litter the bottom of Saint-Raphaël’s peaceful bays.