Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël: The unknown pearl of the Côte d’Azur
We stayed this summer at camping La Bastiane near Fréjus and we were charmed by this beautiful seaside resort. It is unfairly a lesser-known seaside resort of the Côte d’Azur. Learn all about this unique location in the south of France.
Fréjus is a seaside resort in the south of France,in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Especially the seaside town next to Fréjus is well known. This is Saint-Raphael. Often these two seaside resorts are seen as a whole and one speaks of Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël. Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël is located between Cannes and Saint-Tropez and is certainly the same for us as these two well-known seaside resorts. They’re smaller, but that’s what makes them so charming.
Fréjus is a picturesque seaside resort with a quiet, beautiful harbour that is central. Fréjus is an ancient Roman city and you will find remains of it, such as the amphitheatre and an aqueduct. As you approach Saint-Raphaël, you’ll find yourself in a more vibrant and vibrant atmosphere. Where Fréjus exudes peace, Saint-Raphaël exudes more the nightlife and bustle. However, both seaside resorts are highly recommended and worth visiting.
Recommendations of Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël
1. Local markets
We went on Sunday morning to the market in Fréjus. This market was so big that it ended up in Saint-Raphael. It is a market with a huge amount of local produce,local products, clothing, souvenirs and so on. For the right dates and hours of the markets in Fréjus and Saint-Raphaël, click here.
2. Wine tastings
Fréjus has several good wine tastings, but a must is certainly Chateau Paquette. The owners are very friendly and they have the tastiest wines. Tip: be sure to try the Pink Rosé wine! Bet you’re going out with a bottle (or two or three)?
The nature lover will certainly get his money’s worth in Fréjus and Saint-Raphaël. You have the Base Nature François Léotard where you can relax during a walk or bike ride. The Parc Areca Jardin Botanique is also a nature reserve where you can also come with children.
Furthermore, the entire coastline of Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël is worth walking down. Especially in the evening this gets a very romantic look.
Jardin Bonaparte in Saint-Raphaël is an excellent place to catch your breath and enjoy a beautiful view. You will also find a Ferris wheel (4 euros/ person) where you will be treated to a nice view over the coast and the sea.
Another place we have discovered is the port of Fréjus. This one’s beautiful. In our opinion more beautiful than the port of Saint-Tropez. The port in Fréjus is nicely ordered and has something magical. In the evening it is the ideal place to experience the sunset on a terrace.
5. Food and drink
In Fréjus you have to eat ice cream at la Passerelleat the port. This creamie makes artisanal ice cream in all the flavors you can think of! Our favorite flavor: Giandula. It’s a kind of mix between Ferrero Rocher ice cream and Nutella chocolate, a real must! We couldn’t resist and we turned back every night for a scoop of Giandula.
If you walk from Fréjus to Saint-Raphaël, you will come across Kazaar Klub. This is a pretty fancy restaurant, with a hip bar, on the beach. During the day you can rent loungers and sunbathe with a cocktail in your hand. Please note that this can soon cost you a lot of money! Cocktails are therefore available on average at 12 to 15 euros. A little on the expensive side, but very tasty.
Hopefully you will soon have the chance to visit Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël, it is more than worth it! More interested in the more famous seaside resorts of the Côte d’Azur? Be sure to take a look here and here.