Saint-Raphaël – Old Town
Saint-Raphaël is a beautiful coastal town that lies between Cannes and Saint-Tropez. You can walk along the sea shore, but you can also visit the old town, the archeological museum and its tower with a view over the city.
On the streets of the old town, you will find a covered market, little shops with typical products of the South of France, restaurants and cafés.
The archeological museum is located in the old town center and combines historical treasures of the region’s Roman times, with the remains of a church and a medieval tower.
Art exhibitions are sometimes held inside of the museum and when we were there, nice paper art was shown inside of the church part of the museum, which perfectly combined old bricks and modern art.
If you go up the stairs to the top of the tower, you will have a remarkable view of the coastline, the town center, and the Estérel mountains, also known as the ‘red rocks’.
You can take stairs down to a lower level which shows you the crypt of the church.
Of course, there is more to do in Saint-Raphael. If you get up early, you can buy your fish right from the fisher men when the boats come back at the ‘Marché des Pecheurs’ in the harbor, at the Kennedy public parking. The market opens at 8:00 so for the best catch of the day, you will need to come early! Boats leave all day from Saint-Raphael for various excursions, amongst others to Saint-Tropez. In Summer, a lively market is held every night!
NEW: Opening on July 31st of 2019, a museum dedicated to the French Actor Louis de Funès, famous from amongst others the movie ‘Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez’.
If you would like to read all my recommendations on what to do for families in the Cote d’Azur area, click HERE to see the entire article.
If you are in Saint-Raphael, then be sure to check out our list of our favorite beaches to go to! You will not be dissappointed!
And how about it if you would get the taste of the Provence at home to get in the mood for the trip and learn an easy to make recipe of a local? If you like cooking, then read how to make Denise’s ‘Poulet Provençal au citron de Menton’ here.