A paradise for sea lovers
Awarded the France Station Nautique label, Cavalaire is a favourite spot for water sports enthusiasts. The magnificent bay offers the same rush of excitement be it for sailing, windsurfing, pleasure boating, jet-skiing or even the ULM hydro! It boasts some amazing diving areas. From the harbour at the heart of the resort take a boat to the Iles d’Or, admire the sheer-sided inlets protected by the Conservatoire du Littoral or be lulled by the peaceful movement of the bay. And, of course, there are those simple pleasures like diving into a clear blue sea (qualité des eaux de baignade label), or lazing beneath the dappled shade of an umbrella somewhere on the 4km spit of fine sand.
Here happiness means being with the family, whatever the season: a nature walk overlooking the Mediterranean on the Fenouillet path, an outing in the Seascope to discover the seabed in all its beauty, or a game of pétanque in the village square. Cavalaire combines authentic past-times accessible to all: accommodation, great facilities and leisure activities, with everything designed for young and old alike. The resort was awarded the Famille Plus label, a measure of the quality of services on offer in this family-friendly environment.
Culture all year round
Superb facilities like the multi-media library with its 40,000 documents and first class exhibitions, or the cinema at the harbour, coupled with an eclectic program of events (theatre festival, Fête de la Saint-Pierre, Corso Fleuri, Jazz Festival, Noël Blanc…) keep you entertained all year round. Not to mention the crazy cabaret evenings at the Casino and vying for the biggest prizes – the Jackpots!
A vibrant town centre
What a pleasure it is to stroll along the Promenade de la Mer, on foot or rollerblades, or to relax with a glass of wine on a sunny terrace in between shopping sprees. Cavalaire has a wide range of shops to meet all your needs. In season as dusk falls, the streets come alive with music beneath the glow of multi-coloured neon lights, prolonging your wonderful holiday programme into the balmy Provencal nights.
A little history
Cavalaire (Heraclea Caccabaria) has its origins in a Roman port mentioned in Antonin’s maritime guide for sailors in the Greek-Roman period. There are still some remains of Roman villas on the coast which produced and exported wine. Cavalaire belonged to the monks in the Pignans collegiate (13th AD) and from the 16th century to the house of Castellane, a powerful noble family from Provence. The port was functioning in the 15th century with fishermen’s houses and stores, but from the 16th Cavalaire was sparsely inhabited. In 1895, construction of the Train des Pignes railway gave a boost to its development, and the municipality gained its autonomy in 1929. On 15 August 1944, it was the scene of the Provencal Landings. Later, tourism would flourish.
Weekly Provencal market (Wednesdays); daily fish market (fresh from local fishermen). On the harbour, the Casino with slot machines, traditional games like English roulette, black jack…; archaeology site (exhibitions and site visits); the Landings’ memorial, Lattre de Tassigny Esplanade; Media Library (exhibitions); exploring the sheer-sided inlets (calanques) by boat, the seabed by Seascope, coastal path, day excursions; ferry to the Iles d’Or and Saint-Tropez.
Maison de la Mer: pretty view of harbour, bay and beaches. Le Belvédère: amazing view of the Iles d'Or and Cavalaire bay. On the heights of Montjean: remains of a Ligurian Oppidum, inhabited from the 6th to 4th century BC. Route des Crêtes: exceptional view of the bay and headlands. Scent of eucalyptus, myrtle and strawberry trees. Maison Foncin: the “big white house” destined to become a cartography museum. Hidden and unusual: the little hamlet of Dattier
A stroll in the village
From the Tourist Office, take Rue du Port. Start your walk by the harbour built in 1967 (restaurants, ice cream parlours, piano-bars and casino, ship chandlers). Take Rue du Cap to the market square, then Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, Avenue des Alliés (for shopping). Go through the porch at the bottom of Avenue des Alliés, to Place Benjamin Gaillard (and its pétanque pitches) in front of the Hôtel de Ville. Stroll along the Promenade de la Mer (shops and restaurants), then return by the footpath along the beautiful fine sandy beach.