Lucky for us, this place actually exists: Agay. This village and coastal resort in Saint-Raphaël is the ideal place for a holiday.
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Have you been to Agay?
Agay is a village in Saint-Raphaël in the Var department. It could even be described as a resort in its own right, given how popular Agay is in the summer. The area has been occupied since the prehistoric period, especially during antiquity, when the Greeks liked to come to the bay to trade and moor their boats.
In the Middle Ages, the grotto of Sainte-Baume attracted people to the area. More specifically Saint Honoratus, who sought refuge in the caves, before going on to found the famous Lérins Abbey. In the 20th century, Agay beach provided the backdrop for a monumental event in the Second World War, as the Landing in Provence partially took place in the bay.
Today, Agay is a successful mixture of all time periods. Experience the peaceful atmosphere that is typical of this resort, perfect for relaxing and escaping the stress of everyday life. Each year, countless holidaymakers stay at the campsite in Saint-Raphaël in order to explore this resort.
Why not come and stay at our campsite near Agay this year?
Did you know…?
Although Agay is technically a village in Saint-Raphaël, its inhabitants even have their own demonym in French: Agathoniens. This is a reference to the village's Greek name, Agathon, which simply means “good”. Agay was extremely popular among Greek sailors. Its favourable location provided them with a safe place for their boats.
Later, Agay also became a favourite haunt for many artists. Louis Valtat, Albert Cohen, Guy de Maupassant and even Antoine de Saint-Exupéry all came to visit this pretty part of the Côte d’Azur. A fountain named “La Fontaine du Petit Prince” was built in Agay to pay tribute to Saint-Exupéry.
During your trip to Agay, start with a visit to the harbour. The view is spectacular and the streets are always lined with flowers. A walk along the harbour will bring you to the beach, where you can sit down on the sand.
You might want to follow this with a dip in the Mediterranean. If you’re a thrill-seeker, the bay is one of the best places for jet-skiing.
Another unforgettable swimming experience is just a 10-minute walk away, where you’ll find the beautiful Crique de la Baumette beach. This spot has remained relatively untouched, with a bank of red earth that appears minuscule in comparison with the surrounding cliffs.
Walking enthusiasts will be able to hike up to the Rastel d’Agay ridge. This small summit in the southern part of the Massif de l’Estérel has a very accessible hiking trail. At the top there is a viewpoint indicator to help you fully appreciate the stunning panorama.
Finally, if you have the chance to visit Agay on either Saturday or Sunday, consider a trip to the night market. You can browse the stalls and admire the local products. Perhaps before finishing the evening with drinks or dinner in a restaurant. We would strongly recommend both of these activities, to allow you to enjoy the lively atmosphere in this village on warm summer evenings.