Saint-Raphaël, Var, France

Saint-Raphaël, Var, France

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Follow the coastal allure of France's Cote d'Azur

Adjacent to Frejus in France's Cote d'Azur region, Saint-Raphael lies almost directly between the popular resort cities of Cannes to the north and St. Tropez to the south. Saint-Raphael is a sprawling resort city in its own right, featuring a bustling old town, a picturesque harbor, and stunning 18th and 19th-century villas. Come for the seaside views, and admire the sailboats and yachts in the harbor, anchoring for a while in between stops along the coast, and stay for your picture-perfect Saint-Raphael vacation rental that will make you feel like a Provencal VIP in no time.

Where your days and nights revolve around the beach

The pebbled beaches of the French Riviera are an obvious must-see, whether you decide to spend the day sunbathing in your lounge chair or book yourself a table at a restaurant down by the sea. Opt for a private boat tour out into the Med, and stop at the Ile d'Or. Here you can go hiking, camp for the night, or simply watch the sunset with a glass of bubbles in hand. You'll also find a variety of markets in Saint-Raphael and the neighboring villages, and don't forget to check the calendar for local festivals and street parties that might spring up during your visit.

Trading the glitz and glam for history and culture

Saint-Raphael is a bit more affordable than the neighboring towns of Cannes and St. Tropez, which makes for a more low-key Riviera experience. There are still plenty of ways to see and be seen, but you're more likely to have slow-paced days on the beach than rousing nights at a club. The Musee Archeologique is well worth a visit for the whole family, especially for anyone interested in the region's prehistoric era and underwater archaeology. History buffs might also enjoy the Notre Dame de la Victoire basilica, the 12th-century Eglise San Rafeu church, and the Jardin Bonaparte gardens.

There's a reason the peak season is en vogue

Like much of the Cote d'Azur, Saint-Raphael thrives from late spring through early fall, with most businesses closing entirely in the off season. While you can book a Saint-Raphael vacation rental all year long, your best bet is to travel to the area from late April. If staying seaside is your main goal, plan your visit for June through August, but don't be alarmed if it looks like everyone else has had the same idea. Septembers are quiet but with stellar weather, so keep an eye out for deals in the fall.

Miles of coastlines full of sun and a dash of sand

Like many villages on the French Riviera, Saint-Raphael is beloved for its 22 miles of coastline, which is dotted with jagged coves and pebbled beaches. A network of creeks winds through the village, connecting the nearby Esterel Massif mountain range to the sea. Saint-Raphael also features natural forests, perfect for hiking, birdwatching, and wildlife spotting. Best of all, if you're booking your Saint-Raphael vacation rental with beach time in mind, there are 4 sandy beaches in Saint-Raphael—a bit of a rarity in the Cote d'Azur.