Saint Raphaël is set between the massif of the Estérel and 36km of coastline in the region of Var. It has a small commercial centre and each neighbourhood that makes up the town has its own identity.
Saint Raphaël is not known to be picturesque, as it is more of a resort town. However, there is an old town in the centre of the district that offers some old architectural charm. What used to be a fishermen’s enclave, Quartier de la Marine, now houses a casino and luxurious villas and is a lively and boisterous part of Saint Raphaël.
There are many activities to please everyone in the town. Sailing, canoeing, sea fishing, jet skiing, hiking and spa visits are some of the most popular. The café scene in Saint Raphaël is well known, so the streets of the town are likely to be filled with French lounging in the sun with a coffee in hand.
The town generally attracts families and a more mature crowd wanting to take advantage of the golf courses and sunny beaches, largely due to the fact that it is less costly than most resort towns on the French Riviera.