Luxury holidays in Saint-Raphaël
Resort town Saint-Raphaël sits pretty on the Côte d'Azur. Fabulous sunseekers will have a clutch of beaches to choose from and architecture buffs can gawk at the Old Town’s impressive 14th-century watchtowers and the Romanesque church. Stretch your legs with a hike along the marked coastal path – enthusiastic amblers can wander all the way from the Baumette lighthouse to the bay of Agay in around five hours – and settle in for sundowners (and a post-ramble crêpe) at any of the town’s classic French cafés and seaside restaurants.
When to go
Saint-Raphaël’s Mediterranean climate makes it a year-round destination, with hot, dry summers and mild, humid winters.
PlanesNice Côte d’Azur Airport is 90 minutes by car from Saint-Raphaël; the drive to Marseille Provence Airport takes about two hours.
TrainsTrains from Marseille, Nice and Paris pull into Gare de Saint-Raphaël-Valescure, which is 15 minutes away by car.
AutomobilesA car is handy for exploring the coast – you can drive along the coastal Corniche d’Or route to Cannes – but you won’t need one in Saint-Raphaël.