CAMPSITE BETWEEN THE SEA & ESTEREL MOUNTAINS

Between Saint Raphaël, Agay and the Esterel Mountains

THE CITY OF SAINT RAPHAEL
in the heart of PROVENCE ON THE french riviera

Located in the south of France, the Cities of Saint-Raphaël & Agay offer an exclusive location between land and sea to create a unique holiday on the French Riviera.

Set against the natural backdrop consisting of the Esterel mountain range, Saint Raphael on the French Riviera is a well known seaside holiday resort, halfway between Cannes and Saint-Tropez.

With 36 kilometres of coastline stretching from the Alpes-Maritimes through the Gold Coast (Corniche d’Or). Saint-Raphael has over 28 different beaches : sandy beaches, pebble beaches, creeks and rocky inlets.

No matter if you prefer to be lazy or more active, you will always find what you want in the Var department. With its « Nautical destination » classification, Saint-Raphaël has 5 harbours, each with their typicity, ranging from yachts to traditional fishermen’s boats : the old harbour, Santa-Lucia (the largest with 1600 moorings), Boulouris, Poussaï and Agay.

From a simple stopover in the 19th century, St Raphaël has been turned into a seaside resort by its mayor Félix Martin. Many public buildings have been built such as the hospital, the casino and above all the basilica Notre-Dame-de-la-Victoire, in its Byzantine neo-Romanesque style, recognized by its cupolas with its glazed roof tiles.

Thanks to the first visits by inhabitants of Lyon, Paris and from Great-Britain, Saint-Raphaël has seen beautiful villas being built in various styles : Palladian, Anglo-Norman and Moorish. To discover the richness of these magnificent homes of St-Raphael, you can contact the tourism office that can organize theme visits.

Take the time to visit Saint-Raphael’s archaeological museum, located inside the ancient presbytery from the 12th century “San Rafeù” church. It hosts important collections of local and regional, as well as underwater searches. You will see amphora, coins, engraved menhirs… All reflecting the ancient history of the city. In the gardens of the museum you can still find remnants of the « castrum » with its ramparts and the tower (16th century) from where you get the best view over the entire bay of Saint-Raphaël.

Even though it has become a well-known seaside resort, considered the pearl of Eastern Var, it has remained typically Provençal, with its colourful markets : fruits and vegetables, flower market, nighttime market…
Stroll through the pedestrian streets or along the promenade by the Veillat beach, or admire the boats in Saint-Raphaël’s old harbour.
Saint-Raphaël also has lots of restaurants where you will taste a local cuisine with fish and seafood mainly on the menu.
The french and foreign tourists come to admire, touch and feel the Provence through the handcrafts presented on all local markets.
This is a preview of what you have to come and discover for yourselves !

AGAY, PEARL OF THE FRENCH RIVIERA

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, and many activities with for example beach-volley and a mickey club.

Water activities abound : sailing, kayaking, scuba diving , stand-up paddle, inflatable tubes, parasailing , jet skiing , water-skiing, boat rentals … Agay also has a small harbour 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, rides into the Esterel with a bike with electric assistance, nordic walking or hikes into the Esterel mountain range with an experienced guide. And for the more athletic ones, our entertainers can organize a hike up to the toposcope on top of the Rastel d’Agay (360 m height) from where you can enjoy the most beautiful view of the bay of Agay.

We never get bored in Agay !

 

Le Dramont

Cape Dramont is a district in Saint-Raphael. Cape Dramont has a lot of touristic appeal, “a must see” in the south of France, protected by the forest guards. It offers breathtaking views over the red rocks, the deep blue of the Mediterranean, the famous Ile d’Or (golden island), the bay of Agay and the Esterel mountain range. With a rich history, Cape Dramont has to be visited. Its history starts back in 1860 with blue porphyry quarries, nowadays filled with water and used for sports and fun activities.

The Ile d’Or is a private island, with a blue porphyry underground on top of which has been built a square tower. It is located just across from the ‘plage du debarquement’, 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.

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. And do you know why it is the only beach in Var departement to be covered with blue porphyry ? No ? Ask for our touristic guide upon check-in to find the answer… the guide is free !

The Dramont district is also known for its semaphore, built in 1860 on top of the ruins of the watchtower dating back to 1562.

Out of the 59 semaphores in France, the one in Le Dramont is the main one in this area. The air and sea traffic controllers have a breathtaking 360° view 150 meters above sea level. These watchers conscientiously guard the Saint-Raphael and Agay bay and take turns 7 days a week.

St-Raphael Var
St-Raphael Var
Dramont Agay Esterel