Le Rayol Canadel, France
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Destination Guide: Le Rayol Canadel
About Le Rayol Canadel
Le Rayol Canadel is a pair of villages tucked away in the pine forests between St Tropez and Le Lavandou. Each part has grown up around the beach, which is sheltered by the trees, and the large marina now dotted with Provencal-style village houses.
The Domaine du Rayol gardens are Le Rayol Canadel’s most famous feature, situated on the headland overlooking the sea and the bay of Figuier. It’s worth dedicating half a day to exploring this lush oasis of dragon trees, eucalyptus, cacti, gum, cypress trees and palms, flowers and shrubs. There’s a 2km marked path you can wander along, glimpsing the turquoise sea peeping through the foliage as you go.
In summertime concerts are held here on balmy evenings, and you can even go snorkelling in the marine garden. If you choose to visit in winter, you might even witness the rare treat of the garden blanketed in snow.
While there isn’t really a commercial hub to Le Rayol Canadel, there is a cluster of amenities on the main road in Le Rayol, including a butcher, boulangerie-patisserie, grocery store, pharmacy, post office and tabac.
Aside from the gardens, the real attraction here is the sheltered beaches tucked into the cliffs of the Corniche des Maures, where azure waters lap the shore and the sand is ripe for sandcastles and sunbathing.
Also visit our St. Tropez destination guide for further information on the area.
Best places to eat and drink in Le Rayol Canadel
While there isn’t a vast array of eateries here, there are one or two good choices in both Le Rayol and Canadel. One example is the Maurin des Maures, just 200m from Domaine du Rayol, where you can enjoy gourmet Mediterranean food with views of the islands of Hyères.
Alternatively, it’s about a 40-minute drive to St Tropez and its abundant cafes, restaurants and bars.
Best time to visit Le Rayol Canadel
June to September is the most popular time to visit, when temperatures reach the late twenties. But springtime and autumn are great here too, when the beaches and gardens are quieter.
Even winter can be a magical time to visit, when snow sometimes dusts the gardens. You can even access the ski slopes of Greolières les Neiges just 2 hours away.
What we love about Le Rayol Canadel
Pottering about in the very beautiful Domaine du Rayol gardens for half a day, before heading to the sandy beach for an afternoon in the sun and the turquoise sea.
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