No matter what type of beach you are looking for, you will find it along the diverse coastline of Saint Raphaël. Relax on the golden sand before taking a dip in the inviting waters or stroll along the picturesque pebble-lined beaches whilst appreciating the intoxicating views of the South of France. Certain beaches allow you to dock your yacht, with these beaches being marked with a blue sign. Environmental protection is of upmost importance to the people of Saint Raphaël, which is evident in the pristine quality of the shorelines.
Some great character and charm is on display in the buildings which line the streets of sunny Saint Raphaël. Dock your yacht and stroll along the markets which sell the freshest local produce. Cafes and restaurants offer exquisite and scrumptious food along the terraces. Some of the town’s most extraordinary artwork is found in the streets, with street art being a prominent feature on the walls – the town truly is a canvas. Amazing views of the surrounding ocean and rooftops can be found at the top of the Archaeological Museum, which also houses a range of fascinating artefacts pertinent to the history of Saint Raphaël.
As beautiful as it is inspiring, this natural park contains some of France’s most impressive sweeping vistas, covering miles of luscious green growth with intermittent red stone glowing under the sun. It is an essential hike to do in Saint Raphaël during your yacht charter holiday, as it also displays some of the region’s ancient history with ruins from the Roman era and the Middle Ages. It is recommended to do this walk early in the morning before it gets too hot, before continuing with your sailing holiday during the day. If you are feeling adventurous, you can even hire a mountain bike or horse to scale the most stunning location of Saint Raphaël.
An ideal and central location, Saint Raphaël is the perfect starting point to explore other various destinations along the Cote d’Azur, namely Cannes to the east, and Saint Tropez to the west. Both regions offer additional superb sailing opportunities, complimented by their unique class and charm. Sail your chartered yacht to Cannes to explore the range of luxury boats which dock in the marinas, or visit the Maritime Museum in Saint Tropez to learn all things sailing in the region. Saint Raphaël is a perfect destination for those looking to see as much of the French Riviera as possible.
Any sailing location along the South of France is bound to prove popular with yacht charters, particularly in the summer months. High season for sailing in Saint Raphaël occurs in July and August, meaning the shoulder months of June and September may be more convenient to choose in terms of finding space in the marina. Temperatures are still in the high 20s in this time, so you will still be able to avail of the exquisite sunshine for which the French Riviera is renowned. Water temperatures tend to be more pleasurable in the autumn months, after a long hot summer. Spring months may also see slightly stronger winds in Saint Raphaël called the Mistral Winds, but otherwise it is a pleasant and relaxing sailing experience.
An abundance of Mediterranean dishes is available to you in Saint Raphaël, with some gorgeous outdoor dining spots available – perfect to enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine after a day of sailing on your chartered yacht. Mamma Mia is the heavenly Italian restaurant which offers traditional yet scrumptious meals. La Menara’s Moroccan food will be a welcome break from typical European dishes, but the usual French food is still worth sampling in Saint Raphaël – particularly in La Pouletisserie. There is no shortage of great food establishments in this town, so make sure you sample as much as you can!
If you are flying to Saint Raphaël, you will probably be landing in one of three airports: Nice, Marseille or Toulon-Hyères. Between these airports, most international routes are catered for including EU, US, and other destinations. The town is also services by trains, meaning if you are travelling to your yacht charter from a European destination, you can choose this mode of transport. Buses are also available to use should you wish to arrive in Saint Raphaël on road.
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