It was in the 16th century that the city of Saint-Raphaël made its first steps down in history thanks to its Romanesque church. In the late 19th century, this municipality in the region of Var began developing onto the shores of the Gulf of Fréjus and at the bottom of the Esterel Massif. From the Plage du Dramont campsite, only 8 km away from Saint-Raphaël, set out to discover this historical city, its pedestrian streets and its Belle Époque villas. In an idyllic backdrop by the Mediterranean Sea, Saint-Raphaël is an ideal destination for a holiday with your family.
Saint-Raphaël is a very much sought-after sea resort on the French Riviera as it provides a wealth of activities of all kinds and for people of all ages. From cultural visits to lounging on the beach by way of water sports and hiking the Esterel Massif, each and everyone will find what suits them while staying at the campsite near Saint-Raphaël. Whatever activities you pick, you will have the guarantee of a breathtaking environment and a change of scenery. Let's take a look around the many attractions and activities to do in Saint-Raphaël.
During your camping holiday in the Var region, keep yourself a day or even a few hours to visit Saint-Raphaël. This multi-faceted town has more than one surprise up its streets. Head towards the historic centre, also originally called the "village district" as it was peopled by the peasantry. Nowadays, it is nicknamed "the old town" and is home to a daily market where flowers and local vegetables can be bought. A true pleasure for the eyes and the mouth.
While visiting, behold the 12th-century Romanesque church and the watchtower that offers a remarkable viewpoint. The church's former presbytery now harbours the archaeological museum. Another museum to discover with your family is the 400-sq.m Musée Louis de Funès, located on Rue Jules Barbier. There, more than 350 documents are presented to the public under the form of film excerpts, drawings, photographs, etc. In the soundscape, Louis de Funès' voice allows a total immersion into the actor's life. A child-friendly course takes young visitors on a playful tour with games based on De Funès' filmography.
Further to that, leave the old town and make it to the Notre-Dame basilica, an architectural gem mainly built with the pink sandstone which is typically found in the Esterel. Behold its impressive dimensions, 35 meters in height and an area of 850 square meters. It was erected in the late 19th century when the historic centre's old church became too small to host the newcoming inhabitants.
During your camping holidays, Saint-Raphaël will give you refreshment as it is a true open-sky ground for water sports. Between the blue sky and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, get ready to live unique experiences and have a great time with your family. In fact, the spa resort provides an unbelievable number of water activities to enjoy, whether you crave for thrills or chills. That way, you might go at your own pace for a kayaking or paddling glide on water. Or else, embark on a guided dive and discover the wonderful world beneath the sea and its Roman shipwrecks. Another idea, a sailing trip near the red rocks. And for a fun family time, what batter than buoy-towing? It's loads of laughs! There is enough for all tastes and all cravings in Saint-Raphaël.
Besides that, to spare you unnecessary journeying, enjoy the ideal location of La Plage du Dramont, a campsite in the Var region with the beach in direct access. That's not all, the beach of Agay is near too, just 3 km away. It has a lifeguard patrol in summertime and offers a unique view onto the Esterel and the bay. The beach is also a fantastic place for a wide range of water activities. For an unforgettable kayaking or paddling trip, row your boat to the Île d’Or.
Bikes in Saint-Raphaël are faster than cars and rail! Leave your four-wheeler at the campsite and kick your bike to discover Fréjus' surroundings. A few kilometers only from your holiday rental, enjoy the sight of the most splendid villages in Provence as well as that of Cape Dramont, an unescapable place for your stay.
Departing from Agay, start your stroll to the Esterel Massif, an easy, family-friendly trip. The 15-km round tour with 190 m of elevation gain gives you an excellent first impression of the massif as you cycle across the forest. Equally easy is the Saint-Barthélemy round trip (19 km / 250 m gain). Also departing from Agay, this biking trip will let you feast your eyes with the "Corniche d’Or", a splendid road that runs along the Esterel's rocky inlets called "calanques".
For seasoned bikers or those who ride an e-bike, take the "Sea-to-Foothills" tour, a 70-km-long route with a 500-m gain, starting from Saint-Raphaël's old harbour. It will allow you to cycle along the seaside as well as to take the hairpin bends of passes and explore the Provençal hinterland.
For your information, Fréjus and its greater area offer an extended network of bike lanes if you want to cycle safely. You can therefore link Saint-Raphaël to Fréjus with the 4-km lane, and from there reach the coastline's lovely beaches or the ponds of Villepey, a protected natural area lying 5 km away.
Less than 800 metres from the campsite near Saint-Raphaël, set out to discover Cap Dramont's protected natural area opposite the île d’Or. It was on the beach of Cap Dramont that the landing operation in Provence took place on 15 August, 1944. This headland is also home to one of the last semaphores in the region, built in 1860. Even though it is closed to the public, it serves for maritime monitoring. At the bottom of Cap Dramont is also the picturesque small harbour of Poussaï. During your visit of Cap Dramont, follow the marked trail that connects Camp Long to the forest lodge of Poussaï (about 9 km return trip). With the help of your smartphone, this interactive stroll will let you learn more about this headland, in particular its remarkable fauna and flora. This digitally-enhanced pathway is the only one of its kind in France and is part of the "Shores-to-Calanques" digital route.
In a rolling, tree-filled setting, the Plage du Dramont campsite near Saint-Raphaël welcomes you for an unforgettable stay in the region of Var. This 4-star campsite enjoys an ideal location in Saint-Raphaël with a direct access to Dramont beach. No need for a car here, you will be able to enjoy the pleasures of water and discover the region's sightseeing pearls, by foot or on your bike.
For your accommodation, select a mobile home in the Var region with a view over the sea, or a shaded lot a few paces away from the Mediterranean. At La plage du Dramont campsite, everything is though-out for your comfort and your entertainment. As a result, you can enjoy the 240 sq.m water precinct with your family, as it includes a heated pool, water games and a paddling pool. You can also lay out your towel on Dramont Beach opposite the île d’Or. As the beach can be accessed from three locations at our campsite in the Var region, you can have a sea bath whenever you like!
Moreover, when the kids are having fun by the pool or partaking in the campsite's activities, why not look after yourself at the wellness centre? Let a certified beautician give you a pampering session with massaging and body care, and you'll slip into a dimension where time stops. Finally, make the most of the services only a 4-star campsite can offer, and where you will be able to treat yourself with food, shop your groceries, rent miscellaneous equipments, etc.