Located in the department of Var in southern France, Saint-Raphael is the ultimate sailing resort on the Cote d’Azur. Situated between the Mediterranean and the volcanic peaks of the Esterel Mountains, Saint-Raphael is also a beautiful place, and the scenery has not been ruined by development, instead, the old colourful streets add an air of charm to the region. Located half way between Cannes and St Tropez, rental accommodation in Saint-Raphael is a great place to explore the Cote d’Azur, away from the large price tags and long nightlife of its famous neighbours.
With five separate harbours and 42km of coastline, a Saint Raphael apartment or rental villa is the dream for sailing holidays. Taking a boat out of one of the harbours, you immediately have decisions to make; would you like to drop anchor in a secluded inlet carved out of the famous red rock of the Estoril Mountains or a sweeping sandy beach.
Much of the volcanic mountainous region behind the town is a protected national park, where walking, mountain biking and horse riding are actively encouraged. There are some magnificent trails to conquer, taking you to breathtaking viewpoints looking out over the hills and the sea beyond. After a hard day of sport, there is no better feeling than collapsing into the bath in a private, spacious apartment in Saint Raphael and then walking slowly into town and find one of the little restaurants which line the streets of Saint Raphael.
The streets of Saint Raphael erupt into street parties at various points throughout the year, with jousting tournaments, Saints weeks, jazz festivals and Mimosa week. These are genuinely exciting times to rent a Saint Raphael property, as there is a great atmosphere which descends on the town during these periods.
Being a Cote d’Azur coastal town, Saint Raphael has some glorious beaches to visit. Although the beaches in front of the town can become a little crowded in the peak tourist months, there are plenty of coves, inlets and hidden beaches to discover.
St Tropez in one of the most famous beach resorts in the world, just a few minutes from any property in Saint Raphael. It is a playground for the rich and famous, and the quality of shops, restaurants, facilities and holiday villas clearly reflects it.
Cannes is most noted for its huge film festival which is held every summer. However, trying to find accommodation in Cannes during the festival is almost impossible, so an apartment in Saint Raphael may be a good alternative.
During the long summers which bless the Cote d’Azur, temperatures reach around 36˚C almost daily. During the winter (December and January), temperatures are surprisingly mild, with averages hovering around 12˚C.
To reach any of the villas or apartments in Saint-Raphael, you must first get a flight to Nice (NCE). There are many direct flights to Nice from the vast majority of airports in the UK, and busses run from the airport to Saint Raphael.