By Wendy VanHatten
At first glance, Agay, France could be a beach town in any number of countries.
There’s a mostly sandy beach dotted with beach towels, sun worshippers, and kids playing in the sand and water. Bright sun bounces off the clear blue water, creating a backdrop worthy of a postcard. Simple, fishing boats vie with yachts bobbing in the harbor of this sheltered natural bay.
Here’s where you know you’re not just at any beach. Dark red cliffs of the Massif de l’Esterel rise up out of the water, making the sand an interesting shade of red.
Water so clear and blue, this might give you a clue where you are. They don’t call it Cote d’Azur for no reason. This coastal resort is between Saint-Raphael and Theoule-sur-Mer. Cannes is not far away. Now, you get the picture. This is the south of France.
Village shops, cafes, restaurants, and water sports rentals line the street. This is a much smaller, quieter beach resort than its more famous neighbors up and down the coast.
Slightly off the beach is a restaurant I would recommend for lunch, dinner, drinks, dessert…or all of the above. Restaurant La Galere is worth looking for. Locals and visitors both love it here. You’ll find plenty of locals eating here. Always a good sign.
Just outside of Agay is a WWII Memorial to US soldiers involved in the defense of this part of France. Operation Dragoon is part of the forgotten invasion of Southern France. More about that in another review…
Why come to this small town along the famous coast? For starters, views here are just as magnificent as anywhere along the coast. Maybe better… For another reason, there aren’t as many tourists. Photo ops…they’re everywhere you turn. Seduction…this village will entice you to return.
Agay, France…you just have to experience it. Don’t forget to indulge at Le Galere.
Trust me, it’s worth it…when we can travel again.