Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Saint-Raphael

Fly into Nice (NCE-Cote d'Azur), the closest airport, located 27.9 mi (45 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, Saint-Raphaël Valescure Station, Saint-Raphael Boulouris-sur-Mer Station and Saint-Raphael Le Dramont Station are the main stations in the area.

Can I find a vacation rental around Saint-Raphaël?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 10,212 vacation rentals near Saint-Raphaël. From 1,476 Houses to 6,656 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Saint-Raphaël are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Saint-Raphaël?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Saint-Raphaël:

  • Agay: 693 vacation rentals
  • Cap Estérel: 547 vacation rentals
  • Anthéor: 643 vacation rentals
  • Le Trayas: 272 vacation rentals
  • Valescure: 271 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Saint-Raphaël?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Saint-Raphaël. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Saint Raphael (XSK-Saint Raphael Train Station): 15,625 vacation rentals
  • Saint-Raphael San Raphael Agay Station: 16,270 vacation rentals
  • Saint-Raphael Antheor-Cap-Roux Station: 15,757 vacation rentals
  • Saint-Raphaël Valescure Station: 15,621 vacation rentals
  • Valescure Golf Club: 16,768 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Saint-Raphaël listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Saint-Raphaël?

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  • Condos/Apartments: 6,656 rentals available
  • Villas: 1,422 rentals available
  • Studios: 6,956 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Saint-Raphaël?

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