The historic centre has kept its soul, when Saint-Raphaël was just a fishing village. The narrow alleys and shady squares are an invitation to stroll around, with stores, cafés and restaurants with welcoming terraces. You can admire the Basilica of Our Lady of Victory, whose Romano-Byzantine style was in vogue when it was built in the 19th century. History lovers will push open the doors of the Museum of Prehistory and Underwater archeology, which traces the life of the former occupants of the place, from Prehistory to Roman antiquity. Finally, the Bonaparte Garden offers a magnificent view of the sea and the hinterland.
The heritage of Saint-Raphaël will thrill all your senses, with a generous land open to both sea and land. The stalls of the local markets offer a real symphony of colours, smells and flavors, to be enjoyed as an aperitif, lunch or dinner.
Nature lovers will also be in heaven. The Estérel massif, with its red rocks, offers remarkable landscapes. Tracks and marked trails allow you to explore it on foot, by bike or on horseback. The Cap Dramont, the Pic de l’ours, the Cap Roux or the Rocher Saint-Barthélemy are among the must-see around Saint-Raphaël.
Do you have questions about activities and accommodation offers? You can contact the Tourist Office for more information. We also offer on our website a selection of hotels, campsites, bed and breakfast to discover in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
In the heart of the French Riviera
With a coastline stretching for 36 kilometers, Saint-Raphaël is a paradise for lovers of the Mediterranean Sea. With 28 beaches with a variety of atmospheres, you will be spoiled for choice. The city has embarked on a process to certify the quality of its bathing water, with numerous certified beaches: Péguière, Arène Grosse, Dramont, Pourousset, Anthéor… Disabled people will prefer the Escale beach in Agay, which has a Handiplage structure. Numerous nautical activities also await vacationers: sea excursions, pedal boat, kayak, boat, jet-ski or paddle boat hire, scuba diving or snorkelling, towed buoys, water skiing, parasailing…
Museums in the Var department
The Museums in the Var department come to diversify the tourist offer available in the department. We can for example mention the museum of the Red Mouths in Tourves, the Villa Noailles in Hyères, the museum of the gendarmerie and the cinema in Saint-Tropez, the museum Autour des sens in Bargemon, the museum of the high places of the Resistance in Aups, the hermitage of Saint-Ferréol and the museum of sacred arts in Lorgues, the Monsoise House in Mons, the doll’s house in Le Beausset…