The neighboring towns of Saint Raphael and Frejus are so intrinsically tied together, they effectively make up one town. In fact, it is almost impossible to talk about one without mentioning the other. They are located within the French Riviera and, as such, are dotted with that Provincial charm of Mediterranean towns.
They are perfect for both cultural exploration and watersports activities. The towns have much of their Medieval architecture still intact, are decorated with fishing boats, and have gorgeous scenery. Spending time sitting at a cafe, or enjoying delicious fresh seafood will take you into another simpler, calmer world.
When you want some activity, look no further than the water. Put on a pair of goggles and snorkel, hop on a jet ski and cruise through the water, or join a scenic boat tour. No matter what, the sun will caress your skin throughout the day, and the wind will fill your lungs with fresh air.
If you’re wondering where to stay around the towns, there is definitely no better option that the gorgeous villas that surround them. They are close to both Saint Raphael and Frejus, and offer the same beautiful landscapes along with comfort and privacy.
Once you have made the decision to visit these charming towns, make sure you add the following to your list of things to do:
1.Trail along le Pic de l’Ours
The towns are surrounded by gorgeous hiking trails and paths that take you around scenic landscapes. If you want to immerse in nature, there is no better trail than the astonishing Pic de l’Ours. As the most popular path around towns, it will surely not disappoint.
2.Go diving in the Mediterranean
Besides all the aforementioned watersports, diving is a very common activity. In fact, it is safe to say that it takes the crown as the best aquatic activity to do in the towns. Explore the Dramond colorful wall, swim around a shipwreck, and delve into the underwater worlds that hide in the ocean.
3.Visit the Basilique Notre Dame de la Victoire
This 19th century Romantic-Byzantine church is one of the main attractions of Saint Raphael. It is simple yet elegant, with a unique architecture you will be hard-pressed to find in other towns in the region. Its most distinctive feature are its stained-glass windows, which decorate the basilica with their soft colors.
4.Spend an afternoon at the Archaeology Museum
This small museums holds an impressive collection of underwater archaeology. It is close to the marina, and it is one of the town’s most popular attractions. You will find interactive expositions, interesting items, and ongoing excavations.
5.Take in the views from the Massif de L’Esterel
With inclined paths and wild bushes, the hike to the top of the massif may be challenging, but it is well-worth the effort. The top of this coastal mountains offers one of the most incredible views in the entire region. You will not only see the deep blue Mediterranean, but also the towns and harbors that have been built around it.