Saint Raphaël Destination Guide
Saint Raphaël is located on the Riviera in the Var department and is considered one of the quietest seaside resorts. In the heart of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, on the border of the Var and Alpes-Maritimes, it is a city of artists and sportsmen. There are a few stadiums, an Olympic swimming pool, tennis courts and golf courses. The climate, sea and natural environment also attract people from other regions for relocation, from young families to retired individuals.
Saint Raphaël is world renowned for its numerous 18-hole golf courses. These are located in exceptional sites, such as the Blue Green, which is positioned at the foot of the Massif de l’Esterel. A little more out of the way there is the Valescure district with grand, sumptuous and luxurious villas. Farther at the foot of the Estérel the famous red rocks plunge into the sea offering equally magnificent landscapes and secret creeks. Furthermore, in the evening you can admire the sunset on a beautiful stroll along the seaside in the city centre. Here you will find many craftsmen and market stalls catering to the tourists and visitors in the summer.
St Tropez is located 39.7 km away and is easily accessible via the motorway or ferry. St Tropez still carries the charm of a typical Provencal village full of history. Those who live there all year round are in stark contrast with the holidaymakers and celebrity jetsetters who descend upon the port when summer arrives. You can enjoy the very chic private beaches of Ramatuelle (Pampelonne) with transparent turquoise waters and fine white sand or explore the quieter, more private coves out of sight from others.
You can also experience the local and summer festivities such as the typical Provençal market. In October the event Sails of St Tropez brings together the most prestigious sailing boats in the world. At the end of October, there is the Braderie. This transforms the area into a huge market with many luxury brands on sale at incredibly bargain prices. The event subsequently attracts people from all over, so be sure to go early in the morning if you want to miss the hoards.
Saint Raphaël is very well connected on account of the TGV station. It is 45 minutes from Nice and close to the motorway, just 10 minutes from the city centre. The port has been refurbished, and hosts many tourists in season. Conveniently, ferries link Saint Raphaël to St Tropez.
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