Why choose a cruise to St Raphaël?
A St Raphaël for St Tropez and Cannes cruise gives you access to three stunning resort towns on the French Riviera. You’ll dock in St Raphaël, a chic resort that’s quieter than its well-known neighbours. St Raphaël is surrounded by beaches, and behind it lie the spectacular sandstone crags of the Esterel Massif mountains.
If you take a 45-minute drive up the coast, you’ll arrive at Cannes, a glamorous resort renowned for its film festival. You’ll have a five-star experience browsing designer boutiques and gaping at the super-yachts in the harbour.
An hour’s drive south of St Raphaël is the town of St Tropez. Once a sleepy fishing village, St Tropez has transformed into a jet-set playground to rival Cannes. Visitors get to experience both worlds, enjoying the town’s traditional side as well as its glitzy port.
A guide to St Raphaël’s hotspots
St Raphaël has a small but picturesque Old Town, with narrow shaded streets and colourful local markets. The oldest structure in the town is Église San Rafèu, a fascinating 12th-century church.
But most people head here for the beaches, and St Raphaël has them in abundance. Veillat Beach is a stretch of wide golden sand lapped by the calm waters of the Mediterranean, within easy reach of the town. Or you can walk the coastal path, the Sentier du Littoral, where you’ll be able to access secluded pristine coves.
If you decide to visit Cannes, take a slow stroll down La Croisette, a two-mile boardwalk alongside the coast. On one side are the azure waters of the Mediterranean, and on the other are luxury hotels and designer boutiques. It’s the perfect place for celebrity spotting or enjoying a romantic sunset walk.
St Tropez also offers its share of beachside glamour, but we recommend seeking out its historic side. Visit La Ponche, the old town near the harbour; a series of winding pedestrianised streets, shaded squares and ochre-coloured houses. At the top of the old town is a fortified citadel that offers a fabulous view of the ocean and the town.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of St Raphaël
The best time to visit St Raphaël
With its many beaches, St Raphaël is an excellent choice for a summer holiday. In July and August the temperature averages 18-19°C, although the mercury often reaches the mid-20s, so make sure you pack your swimsuit and sunscreen!
We also recommend visiting in the months either side, May-June or September-October, when prices are lower and beaches are less crowded. With temperatures hovering around 17°C, it’s still warm enough to sunbathe. What’s more, Cannes Festival is in May, so there’s a chance of spotting some celebrities!
Did you know?
- St Raphaël was named in 1065, when a church dedicated to the Archangel Raphael was built
- Brigitte Bardot is credited with catapulting St Tropez to fame when she arrived to shoot a film in 1956
- A 15-minute ferry ride from Cannes is the Île Sainte-Marguerite, where the enigmatic Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned for 11 years.