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French Riviera Saint-Raphael

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About Saint Raphael, France

Saint-Raphael, France is a very popular vacation area set in the exclusive French Rivera. Nestled along the coast, this seaside resort is located just south and east of Frejus, France. A much quieter place than some of the other seaside resorts you’ll find in the French Riviera, Saint-Raphael is extremely clean and well maintained. The small harbor has beaches on either side where most vacationers spend their time enjoying many of the water sports available.

The resort city has the history of being visited by Napoleon Bonaparte. Bonapart visited Saint Raphael when he was coming back from Egypt and before his coup d'état and eventual exile from Paris. At the time of Bonaparte's arrival, this small fishing village was only a commune of Saint-Raphael. The resort town was bombed heavily during World War II and part of the Allied invasion, Operation Dragoon, in August 1944.

This beautiful spot has inspired many great works of art. Romeo and Juliet was composed here by Gounod in the 1860s. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote Tender is the Night here. The painter Felix Ziem also worked here.

Just south of Saint-Raphael's harbor rests a public garden that often sees photo exhibitions, but this garden mainly attracts kids because it also has a huge children's play area. After trekking down to the public garden, travel back to the harbor to find the many cafes and shops.

Sitting just behind the harbor is the old town, with its daily market of vegetables and fruit. One 19th century Byzantine basilica style structure sticks out in this part of Saint-Raphael's center square that must be seen, because of its grand architecture.

One attractions that stands out from the rest is the archeological museum. Many of the artifacts are from the prehistoric occupation of Greek and Roman empires. The items displayed at the museum are priceless, but if archeology is an interest, this is the place to be.

The most popular attractions are found down by the beaches. Deep-sea diving, scuba diving and walking the coastal pass are enjoyed by almost everyone that visits Saint-Raphael. Just two kilometers from Saint-Raphael is the Aqualand water park, which has Europe's biggest wave pool and Twin-Twister water slide.

Saint-Raphael has plenty of hotels along the coastline to house all the visitors it gets each year. This clean, quiet resort is family friendly and enjoyed by thousands of visitors looking for a calm place to sun bathe, swim or enjoy a drink at one of the many cafes.

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Eglise des Templiers
place de la Vieille Eglise, Quartier des Templiers, Saint-Raphael, France
This is a noted sight that many enjoy visiting in Saint-Raphael, France. Church Masses are no longer held here, but it's free to view. This spot...
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Notre-Dame-de-la-Victoire
boulevard Félix-Martin, Saint-Raphael, France
This sight is a major one not to miss in Saint-Raphael, France. It's large church with ornate objects to explore and view on your trip here...
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The Museum of Underwater Archaeology
rue des Templiers, Saint-Raphael, France
If you want to explore objects that were once hidden away from view by the sea, this is a good place to visit. You will be able to see many...
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Hotel du Soleil
47 Boulevard du Domaine du Soleil,, St-Raphael, France 83700
This hotel has bikes its guests can borrow to explore Saint Raphael, France. The room are comfortable here and well kept. The hotel has WiFi.
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Best Western Hotel du Golf de Valescure
55, avenue Paul l'Hermite, St-Raphael, France 83700
If you really enjoy the amenities that many upper scale hotels in the U.S. offer this is probably a good spot for you. From comfy white robes to...
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Hotel Santa Lucia
418 Route de la Corniche, St-Raphael, France 83700
If you want a small hotel in Saint Raphael, this is good spot. There is a good breakfast to enjoy. The rooms are ok and some are a bit small. But...
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Hotel Continental
100 promenade rene coty, St-Raphael, France 83700
This hotel has rooms with many comforts. It's a modest setting with some rooms that face the beach. Ask for one of these beach-facing rooms. Some...
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Auberge Provencale
73 Impasse des Sangliers, St-Raphael, France 83700
The owner of this hotel is kind and quite nice. The hotel is a budget-style accommodation, but it does have a nice garden and good breakfast to...
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La Table Chez Lamoise
44 Nouveau Port Santa Lucia, St-Raphael, France 83700
This is a French restaurant in St. Raphael, France that is priced a bit higher but delivers in terms of service and quality. Diners can order from...
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Le Sud
16, Boulevard Darby, St-Raphael, France 83700
The lamb shank is a favorite dish at this nice St. Raphael, France spot. The restaurant features both indoor and outdoor seating to accommodate...
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La Tortue
Corniche, St-Raphael, France 83700
This restaurant is located just off a private beach. That can mean a little more hustle and bustle during the day. In the evening, this is a great...
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Charavins
36 Rue Charabois, St-Raphael, France 83700
You can watch the chefs prepare your food in this good restaurant with an open kitchen. The food is fresh and prepared in a pleasing manner. The...
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Le Semillon
12, rue de la Republique, St-Raphael, France 83700
This is a simple yet warm and nice restaurant in St. Raphael, France to enjoy. Service is quite good, and prices are average for the city. The...
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La Riviera
Rue Charabois, St-Raphael, France 83700
This is a charming little spot in St. Raphael, France that dishes up great pizza pies. Locals love the great pizza here, and so will visitors...
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Saint-Raphael, France Office of Tourism
Quai Albert 1er, Saint-Raphael, France
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Villa Mauresque
1792 Route de la Corniche, Saint-Raphaël, France 83700
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