Campsite between the sea & the Esterel in the Var

Between Saint-Raphaël, Agay & the Esterel Mountains

The city of Saint Raphaël in the Var, on the Côte d'Azur

Located in the Var, the City of Saint-Raphaël / Agay offers a privileged location for camping on the Côte d’Azur
Leaning against the foot of the Estérel mountains, Saint-Raphaël is a renowned seaside resort on the French Riviera, halfway between Cannes and Saint-Tropez.

With 36 kilometers of coastline stretching to the limit of the Alpes-Maritimes, passing by the Corniche d’Or, Saint-Raphaël has 28 beaches: large sandy beaches, pebble beaches, coves, secret creeks … if you are more lazy or nautical activities, you will always find what you are looking for in the Var. Classified as a “nautical resort”, Saint-Raphaël has 5 ports each with their own specificity, from yachts to fishing boats: the old port, Santa-Lucia (the largest with 1600 rings), Boulouris, Poussaï and Agay.

A resort since the 19th century, St Raphaël quickly turned into a seaside resort, under the leadership of its mayor Félix Martin. Many public buildings were built such as the hospital, the casino and especially the Notre-Dame-de-la-Victoire basilica, in Byzantine neo-Romanesque style, easily identifiable with its dome with glazed tiles.

Frequented in the 19th century by Lyonnais, Parisians and English, Saint-Raphaël is enriched with beautiful villas in Palladian, Anglo-Norman and Moorish styles. To find out more about the beautiful homes of St-Raphael, note that the tourist office organizes tours on this theme.

Take some time to visit the Saint-Raphaël Archaeological Museum, housed in the old presbytery of San Rafeù Church. It brings together pieces from local, regional and underwater excavations. You will see, for example, amphorae, coins, engraved menhirs… So many testimonies of the ancient past of the city.

 

In the garden, you can also observe the ruins of the “castrum” with the remains of its ramparts and, from the tower (16th century), you will admire a beautiful panoramic view of the bay of Saint-Raphaël.

Saint-Raphaël has become an important seaside resort on the French Riviera, the pearl of the East Var. However, she has not forgotten her Provençal soul. Saint-Raphaël thus bears witness to a unique art of living with its colorful markets that converge to bring Provence to life: fruit and vegetable markets, flower markets, night markets …
Stroll through the shopping streets before going to laze on Veillat beach, along the promenade, while admiring the boats docked in the Old Port of Saint-Raphaël.
Saint-Raphaël also has a wide range of restaurants where you can taste regional cuisine from the Mediterranean, where you often find fish and other seafood products in the spotlight.

French and international tourists indeed come to admire, touch and smell the Provence that emerges, thanks to the artisanal and typically Provençal productions available from the stalls on market days. Whether its at the fruit & veg markets, the flower markets, the fish markets or the coveted seasonal night markets, you will always find traditional Provençal products available to take home as a lovely souvenir of your trip.

This is just a taste of the joys and delights of the city of Saint-Raphaël … the rest must be discovered and enjoyed for real!

 

Agay, the Pearl of the Riviera

Known as the Pearl of the French Riviera, the bay of Agay stretches its translucent and crystalline waters at the foot of the red rocks of Rastel d´Agay. From Cape Dramont in the west, to Pointe de la Baumette in the east, Agay Bay is the natural gateway to the Esterel mountains.

The bay is home to beautiful sandy beaches: Tiki, Agay and Baumette. Family destinations par excellence, the beaches of Agay offer gently sloping shores, entertainment with beach volleyball and a mickey’s club.

There are many nautical activities in Agay: sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, paddleboarding, towed buoys, parasailing, jet skiing, water skiing, boat rental … Agay also has a small port with 166 berths.

At the gates of the Esterel mountains, you will have plenty of time to explore the surrounding nature. Esterel Caravaning offers mountain bike rentals, electric mountain bike rides (VTTAE), Nordic walking and hikes in the Esterel accompanied by experienced guides. And for the more adventurous, we offer you, with our entertainment team, to go up to the orientation table at the top of the Rastel d’Agay (360 m above sea level) to discover a view of the harbor of Agay at take your breath away.

You will never be bored in Agay!

 

Le Dramont

Le Dramont is one of the districts of the city of Saint-Raphaël. Cap Dramont is one of the must-see tourist spots on the French Riviera, protected by the National Forestry Office. It offers breathtaking panoramas on the cliffs of red rocks which pigment in the azure blue of the Mediterranean on the famous Ile d’Or, on Agay bay and Estérel. Historically rich, Le Dramont is worth visiting. Its history begins in 1860 with the blue porphyry quarries now transformed into a lake and a tourist circuit.

The Ile d’Or is a private island, made of red rocks and topped by a square tower in medieval style. It faces the landing beach. This island would have inspired Hergé for the album “Black Island” by the famous comic book character: Tintin.
It was in front of the Île d’Or, on Le Dramont beach that part of the Provence landings took place during the night of August 14th & 15th, 1944. It was a great battle in order to reconquer Provence and continue the liberation of France.

Today, on the “Plage de Débarquement” aka Le Dramont beach in Saint-Raphaël, a landing craft and a commemorative monument reminds us of this moment in history. Le Dramont beach with its huge car park is one of the longest in Saint-Raphaël. It is a blue porphyry pebble beach. And why is it the only beach in the Var with blue porphyry pebbles? Ask your local guide on your arrival at Esterel Caravaning for the answer… It’s free!
Le Dramont district is also famous for its semaphore built in 1860 on the ruins of a watchtower dating from 1562.
Of the 59 semaphores in France, the one in Le Dramont is the main semaphore in the region. The “sea traffic controllers” have a breathtaking panoramic view from the semaphore lookout glazed at 360 ° and located 150 meters high. These lookouts conscientiously watch over the bay of Saint-Raphaël and the port of Agay, taking turns to keep watch from sunrise to sunset.