the Agay bay IN saint-raphael
Pearl of the Riviera, Agay Bay’s clear waters stretch from the foot of the Esterel’s red rocks. From Cape Dramont west to the tip of the Baumette east, the Bay of Agay is the natural gateway to the Esterel .
The bay has three beautiful sandy beaches : the Lido, Agay and Baumette . Family destinations par excellence, the beaches of Agay offer gently sloping shores.
Water activities abound : sailing, kayaking, scuba diving , parasailing , jet skiing , boat rentals … Agay also has a small port with 166 places, a few are still available.
At the gateway to the Esterel , you’ll have time to explore the surrounding nature. Esterel Caravaning, offers mountain bike rental, buggy rides … The more adventurous can also indulge in paint-ball or tree climbing near the Dramont lakes.
We never get bored in Agay !
Le Dramont is a district in Saint-Raphael. Le Dramont has a lot of touristic appeal, “a must see” in the south of France. Just across from the ‘plage du debarquement’ you can see a small private island; a medieval tower on solid red rock. It’s called L’Ile d’Or (the golden island) and inspired Hergé for his comic book The Black Island in the Tintin series
A less happy memory for this part of Saint-Raphael is the landing of the allied troops during the Second World War on the Dramont beach.
A huge battle to retake Provence and liberate the rest of France from Nazi occupation during World War 2 took place here during the night of the 14th and 15th of August 1944. The mission was called Operation Dragoon and assembled 50,000 soldiers over a 25 kilometre wide front-line between Cavalaire and Cannes.
Dragoon paid off because the German troops present were outnumbered and lacked motivation. However 4000 men (American, Canadian, English and French) perished during that bloody night to save France. Today at the Dramont Beach you can visit a landing barge as well as a memorial monument dedicated to those troubled events. The Dramont beach which is one of the biggest beaches in saint-Raphael has lots of parking space and is made out of blue pebbles.
The Dramont district is also known for its semaphore, which is the primary semaphore of our region. The air and sea traffic controllers have a breathtaking 360° view 150 meters above sea level. These watchers conscientiously guard the Saint-Raphael bay and take turns 7 days a week.