Half-way between St Tropez and Cannes
Half-way between St Tropez and Cannes, the town of Fréjus-St Ayulf offers you a more intimate Côte d'Azur... and an exceptional Var inland region.
Sandy beaches, absolutely sublime natural sites, historic or cultural heritage-sites or festive atmosphere...you're spoilt for choice. With family or friends, the Etoile d'Argens Ecolodge camping-site has the advantage of being an ideal place where you can do the activities you want.
St Aygulf and its beaches of white fine sand.
The town of Saint-Aygulf, linked to Fréjus, has more than 4 km of fine sandy beaches, its River Argens flowing into the sea, its marina with water-buses (for a fee) for visits along the coast from Porquerolles to the Lérins islands. The lakes of Villepey form a lagoon that stretches over 260 hectares and boasts exceptional wildlife (more than 260 species of birds observed on the lake). The Aréca park has, over an area of 3.5 hectares, the typical Mediterranean vegetation essences, mainly eucalyptus, bamboos, palm-trees...
Fréjus: 2000 years of History
Located to the East of the Var in the region of Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, Fréjus is a town of Art, History and Tourism stretching over 102sqm with the advantage of being completely open onto the Mediterranean Sea, as well as having an average of 2750 hours of sun per year. The historic centre of Fréjus and its arenas are “must-see” cultural destinations.
10 minutes away from the 5-star Etoile d’Argens Ecolodge camping-site, St Raphaël covers 89 km² right up to the Eastern limit of the Var. The Estérel mountain-range looks onto the town and offers endless possibilities of walking or cycling in a natural reserve. There are lots of remarkable sites: the Île d’Or, the Dramont, the Agay harbour, the Anthéor calanques (rocky inlets), to mention just a few examples.
The medieval village of Roquebrune-sur-Argens and its rock
Only ten minutes from the campsite, this charming little village of the Côte d'Azur will seduce you with its colorful streets and nature. Roquebrune-sur-Argens is dominated by a huge rock that you can climb by taking the path of Saint Jacques de Compostela (the others are inaccessible). In more or less than an hour you will achieve the top.
The massif of Roquebrune sur Argens is submitted to a regulation of the prefecture concerning the fires. When access to the massif is prohibited, the respect of this prohibition is imperative otherwise you will be amended on the spot.
The Îles d’Or : paradise on earth…
One hour away from the 5-star Etoile d’Argens Ecolodge Camping-site, leaving Hyères, the Îles d’Or, composed of Porquerolles, le Levant and Port-Cros, can be reached by water-bus.
Each island has its own identity:
- Port-Cros is the first national marine park in Europe and offers exceptional underwater views (with just a mask and tuba).
- Porquerolles is the largest of the three isles and its beaches, creeks and cliffs are among the most beautiful ones on the Riviera.
Le Verdon and the lake of Ste Croix
Le Verdon and the lake of Ste Croix is a unique site in Europe and le Verdon has been a preserve since 7th May 1990. The most interesting tour is the one between Castellane and the Pont du Galetas, on the Sainte Croix lake: the Gorges du Verdon. Part of the most important touristic areas in Provence, they are 1 hour 20 mins from the camping-site.
The Gorges - a result of the erosion by the River Verdon – attract and fascinate visitors. Lots of activities are available on site for the enjoyment of this natural spectacular spot!
- Canoe Kayak/ Rafting / Canyoning
- Trekking / mountain-biking
Don’t miss Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, a village on the threshold of the grand Canyon of the Verdon (10 mins), listed among the “most beautiful villages in France”. This village is world-famous for its earthenware !
Moustiers lies between the Gorges of the Verdon and the Lavender Route. If you’re here between mid-June and end-August, you will plunge into a décor of magical colours – fragrances and sweet scents guaranteed !!!
1 hour away from Fréjus (but be wary of possible traffic-jams), St Tropez is an absolute must on the Côte d’Azur. To the West of the Golfe de St Tropez, the village, with its fortress, its spire, its Place des Lices, the Pampelonne beaches, is yet another excursion to fit into your holidays.
The lake of St Cassien
40 minutes away from the Etoile d’Argens camping-site, the 420-hectare lake of Saint-Cassien, at the entrance to the Gorge of Briançon, offers lots of activities :
- Water-sports, pedalos
- Giant inflatable games
- Fishing (carp)
Don’t miss the dam that retains 60 million cubic meters of water, the biggest body of water in the Esterel. Built after the Malpasset dam burst its banks, you can also see the ruins of that catastrophe further south!
The Eastern part the Fondurane reserve shelters a vast variety of birds, don’t hesitate to come with your field-glasses to spot one of the 182 species monitored. If you’re lucky, you’ll come across the European cistudes tortoise (a protected species - its taking is prohibited).
Cannes and Nice
One hour away from the camping-site, Nice or Nizza is famous for its celebrated Baie des Anges, its Promenade des Anglais, its carnival, its pebble-beaches and historic Nice with its shops and specialities (la Socca - savoury pancake -, the Farçis Nicois – stuffed aubergines -, the flower market on the Cours Saleya). Not to forget the cultural part with its opera house, the Cimiez arenas and its Matisse Museum.
30 minutes away form the camping-site is Cannes, world-famous for its renowned Film Festival and its Croisette that runs from the Palais des Festivals to the Port Canto. Boutique shopping happens mainly on the rue d’Antibes and on la Croisette where the majority of luxury labels can be found. The Suquet area, the Forville market and Cannes’ old harbour make up the historic soul of this town forever in movement.
The Lérins islands (Sainte-Marguerite and St Honorat) accessible by water-boat, present you with a nature preserve in the Baie de Cannes.
During the summer, the festival of pyrotechnic arts offers you exceptional firework displays
An hour and a quarter away from Fréjus, discover the Principality of Monaco with its princely palace up on the “rock”, its oceanographic museum, its overhanging exotic gardens and the famous Monte-Carlo Casino.
During the summer season, we highly recommend taking the train from Fréjus/St Raphaël to avoid the inevitable traffic jams and parking problems, because Monaco is the second smallest country in the world.