Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël: The unknown pearl of the Côte d'Azur
Pearl of the Cote d'Azur
We stayed at La Bastiane campsite near Fréjus this summer and we were charmed by this beautiful seaside resort. It is unfairly a lesser-known seaside resort of the Côte d’Azur. Find out all about this unique location in the south of France here.
Fréjus is a seaside resort in the south of France, more specifically in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. The seaside resort next to Fréjus is especially well known. This is Saint-Raphael. Often these two seaside resorts are seen as a single entity and referred to as Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël. This French town is located between Cannes and Saint-Tropez and, for us, is certainly on par with these two famous seaside resorts. They are smaller, though, but that makes them once more charming.
Fréjus is a picturesque seaside resort with a tranquil, beautiful harbor that is central to the town. Fréjus is an ancient Roman city and you can still find remains of it, such as the amphitheater and an aqueduct. As you approach Saint-Raphael, you enter a livelier and more vibrant atmosphere. Where Fréjus exudes tranquility, Saint-Raphaël exudes more of the nightlife and hustle and bustle. Nevertheless, both seaside resorts are highly recommended and worth visiting.
1. Local markets.
We went to the market in Fréjus on Sunday morning. This market was so large that it ended in Saint-Raphaël. It is a market with a huge amount of local products, local produce, clothing, souvenirs and so on. For the exact dates and hours of the markets, you can take a look at this website.
2. Wine tastings
Fréjus has several good wine tastings, but a must is definitely Chateau Paquette. The proprietors are tremendously friendly and they have the most delicious wines. Tip: be sure to try the Pink Rosé wine! Bet you’ll walk out with a bottle (or two or three)?
Nature lovers are sure to find something to their liking in Fréjus and Saint-Raphaël. You have the Base Nature François Léotard where you can unwind during a hike or bike ride. The Parc Areca Jardin Botanique is also a nature reserve where you can also visit with children.
Furthermore, the entire coastline of this city is worth walking down. Especially in the evening, this takes on a very romantic edge.
Jardin Bonaparte in Saint-Raphaël is an excellent place to take a breather and enjoy a beautiful view. You will also find a Ferris wheel (4 euros/person) where you will be treated to a beautiful view of the coast and the sea.
Another place we discovered is the port of Fréjus. This one is wonderful. In our opinion, more beautiful than the port of Saint-Tropez. The port in Fréjus is beautifully arranged and has something magical about it. In the evening, it is the ideal place to experience the sunset on a terrace.
5. Food and drink.
In Fréjus, you must go for an ice cream at La Passerelle at the port. This creamery makes artisanal ice cream in every flavor you can imagine! Our favorite flavor: Giandula. It’s kind of a mix between Ferrero Rocher ice cream and Nutella chocolate, highly recommended! We couldn’t resist, so we returned every night for a scoop of Giandula.
If you walk from Fréjus to Saint-Raphaël, you will come across Kazaar Klub. This is a nevertheless chic restaurant, with a trendy bar, on the beach. During the day you can rent deck chairs and sunbathe with a cocktail in hand. Beware: this can quickly cost you a lot of money! Cocktails are therefore available on average at 12 to 15 euros. A little on the expensive side, but deliciously delicious.