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Domaine du Rayol

Avenue des Belges, 83820 Le Rayol-Canadel, France
+33 (0) 4 98 04 44 00
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks
Owner description: Conceived by Gilles Clément, and property of the Conservatoire du littoral (Coastal Protection Agency), the Mediterranean Garden is an invitation to... more » Owner description: Conceived by Gilles Clément, and property of the Conservatoire du littoral (Coastal Protection Agency), the Mediterranean Garden is an invitation to travel through Mediterranean landscapes across the world (South Africa, Australia, California, Chile, the Mediterranean Basin and the Canary Islands), as well as others with a drier or sub-tropical climate (Mexico, Asia, New Zealand and sub-tropical America.)This small 50 acre fragment of the earth, is a corner of our planet which concentrates and illuminates, with both strength and beauty, those interactions between mankind and nature…Open to visitors every day all year round.Map, Visitors' Guidebook and audioguide available in French, English and German.Gardeners’ Café-restaurant, specialised bookshop, plant nursery. Snorkeling in the marine garden and concerts in summer. « less
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Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A bit put off by the €10 per person entry fee. This is an adult's venue. The 3 or 4 buildings that are perched on this property are reminiscent of greater days and if I was told that the entry fee was €2 and €8 was for the restoration fund I would probably have felt better. But they are lovely... More

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Appledore
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I visited the Domaine du Rayol in June. The weather was beautiful and we headed to the restaurant to get a table. It was very busy and we were lucky to have a table under the trees. The menu is limited with a number of specials. I had a 'cagette' which was a wonderful collection of dips, crudités, cheese, seeds... More

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surrey
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30 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

In a beautiful setting between St Tropez and Le Lavandou these gardens nestle in a hillside on the coastline. There are areas of mediterranean, asian, american, and Australian plants well laid out and marked for information. The walk around the gardens are about 2Km, and include a beach house and farm, where one can get rather overpriced refreshments. The gardens... More

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maidenhead
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Wife and I decided to spend a lazy day around here. I'm glad we did. There are 3 components to this place, which make it interesting. Its not just about the gardens. Being English, and used to tame and manicured gardens, the gardens here looked wild and parched in comparison. Perhaps it was the intent, or the fact it was... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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67 reviews 67 reviews
30 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

The Domaine du Rayol is a beautiful garden including not only native French Mediteranean plants but also species from other similar climates in the world. You will admire the Canarian Garden, the South African garden, two South American gardens, one from the mountains of Chile, the other from desertic areas of Argentine, an Asian tropical garden and even a marine... More

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Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

One of our favourite places to take visitors to the area. Wide range of plants brought together in areas set out by country of origin. Enough information to be appealing to knowledgeable gardeners plus a pleasant area for walking and admiring the plants and views for casual visitors. The facilities have been improved over the years and now include a... More

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Herts, UK
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24 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

This is a wonderful garden at Le Rayol overlooking the sea. Shrubs and trees come from all different parts of the world. This makes a delightful place to visit in spring or summer. Sometimes, there are plant sales there.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

The most beautiful beach we have visited - the view en route is amazing - on a clear day you can see les Iles

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Norfolk
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5 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

I agree with other reviewers about the delights of this garden, with something of interest almost at every step. Although most of the flowers had gone by the time we went in mid September, we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the different areas of cultivation and the specimen trees were impressive. Just as important is the garden's largely south facing situation overlooking... More

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Saint-Tropez, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

If you're not a gardener, take a guided visit with one of the gardeners rather than wandering blindly around wondering what the fuss is all about! . And a light lunch (inexpensive "plat de jour") at the Cafe des Jardiniers. Or take your fins, mask and tuba and spend an hour with a biologist in the water off the private... More

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