Situated in the Var, one of the most popular departments for tourists to France (2nd after Paris) but also one of the greenest (2nd most wooded department in France), the towns of Fréjus, Roquebrune-sur-Argens, Saint Raphaël and Sainte-Maxime form a fabulous, varied site, favourable to playing host to one of the most highly recognised events on the mountain bike planet. Indeed the courses follow the trails of Southern France, the beaches and the sunny, Mediterranean creeks.
The variety of its landforms and its landscapes, from the sea to the mountain, make it a privileged site. Its Mediterranean climate and its exceptional annual hours of sunshine go part way to explaining the gentleness of the way of life there...
A former military port and Roman town, Fréjus overhangs the rich alluvial plains which separate the Estérel from the Maures massif. Midway between Cannes and Saint Tropez, this centre for art and culture has formed a rich, historic and architectural heritage. Fréjus is also a seaside resort where the sea and the town come together on the Port-Fréjus site, in the district of Fréjus-Plage.
In a few months, these two towns will vibrate to the rhythm of the Roc d’Azur. So for those who don’t yet know this fabulous region, don’t hesitate to blend enthusiasm and green tourism.
Situated on the right hand bank of the Argens, Roquebrune dominates the whole plain. This old village forming a link between the Maures massif and the Estérel is a sprawling district: its territory stretches out to the south-east as far as the sea. Roquebrune-sur-Argens benefits from a privileged climate with 300 days of sunshine per year and provides its visitors with pleasant, rewarding walks. Across this same territory you have the benefits of the countryside, the seaside life and the charm of an ancient village.
Saint-Raphaël, a seaside town
Half-way between Cannes and Saint-Tropez, Saint-Raphaël is ideally positioned geographically and offers an exceptional way of life. With its seafront stretching over 30 kilometres, Saint Raphaël’s distinguishing features are its extensive coastline, its natural heritage and its biodiversity.
A dynamic town with an exceptional way of life
The town is the administrative centre of the canton and extends over 90km². The Massif de l’Estérel accounts for 73% of its surface area and boasts 32,000 hectares which have been awarded the natural site label by the “Natura 2000” European network. Saint Raphaël is the leading tourist town in Var with 10 million room nights per year. It has been ranked as a French “Station tourisme” (tourist resort), awarded the “France Station Nautique” (French water sport resort) label and the “Pavillon Bleu” (Blue Flag) certification. The quality of the water of its 10 beaches has been awarded the “Qualité eau de baignade” certification. Its unique environment boasts 5 ports (2,350 mooring rings) providing all the services related to yachting and sailing, including Santa Lucia, the French Riviera’s third leading port.
The town’s plant heritage covers 12 hectares, including 6 landscaped areas, and it has been awarded the 3 fleurs (3 flowers) label by the French Concours des villes et villages fleuris (towns and villages in bloom competition) since 1999. Its TGV (high speed train) station is located in the town centre and is frequented by 1 million commuters annually. Saint Raphaël is attentive to the expectations and needs of all of its inhabitants (35,155 residents, source: Insee 2017), and has one of the lowest tax rates in France.
The town is at the centre of social, economic and educative developments, has 400 associations and boasts top-level facilities and services. Its network of cultural and sporting facilities plays host to a wide range of top-quality and festive events, as well as national and international competitions which contribute to its appeal all year long. In 2019 a museum dedicated to Louis de Funès opened.
7 business parks representing almost 400 companies specialising in the industry, service, trade and high technology sectors, increase its attractiveness. There as many high-performance venues and places where intergenerational activities can be carried out, as there are economic and tourist development solutions.
The town centre boasts more than 900 shops and 7 secure, covered car parks (2,065 parking spaces). Its dynamic growth generates jobs, solidarity and social links within the community. It is one of the 13 very select French towns that has been awarded the “4 sourires” label!