The Saint-RaphaŽl page
Text for the introductionSaint-RaphaŽl is a town in Provence at the Cotes d'Azur, between Cannes and St Tropez. This area has one of Europe's most pleasant climates and has for many years been attracting visitors.
Today Saint-RaphaŽl is very nice to visit. It is a beautiful town with kilometers of sandy beaches. In July and August you find many tourists in Saint-RaphaŽl, but it is not overwhelming. The rest of the year is very nice.
The NatureAlong the coast line of Saint-RaphaŽl you find the terrific red Esterel Mountains. Many small sand beaches is hiding between the cliffs(the "calanques").
The citySaint-RaphaŽl forms with Frejus a twin city with more than 70.000 inhabitants. It has life all around the year and tourism does not dominate. You'll recognize St. RaphaŽl on it's long promenade with marina, beaches og lots of fish restaurants, whith a relaxed atmosphere. In the countryside plenty magnifiscent golf courses and along the cost all kind of water sport is practised.
A RecommandationIf you want to visit both Provence and the Mediterranean, Saint-RaphaŽl is a good place to start. The people are pleasant and relaxed, they are used to foreign visitors from ancient times.
The climate is perfect. Spring starts in February and in the winter the temperature seldom goes below 10 centigrade in the day. All together you have fine weather most of the time, hence people call the area Europe's California. Around July 15th the French vacation starts, and for the next six weeks the coast is pretty crowded.
Copyright Michael Karbo 2002