PAST AND PRESENT :

Cavalaire sur mer derives its name from an ancient Greek colony "Heraclea Cacabaria" which had settled in the bay. It is reminiscent of Carthago and of the cult of Hercules. The Earl of Provence, Guillaume I had a tower built, the Earls of Grimaud added fortifications which were finally destroyed in 1646. In the Eighteeth century , Cavalaire became a fishing village. On August 15th, the allied forces chose the site for the landing of the 3rd American Infantry Division.
The town has been classified as a seaside resort since 1956. It is located at the bottom of a gorgeous bay to which it gave its name and offers 2,5 miles of gently sloping down beaches with fine sand. It is a privileged site on the Riviera since it is protected by the range of "Les Maures" on its northern side. Nestling at the bottom of the Pradels hill (1807 ft), Cavalaire gets more than 300 days of sunshine per year.

PLACES OF INTEREST :

Belvedere: after the roundabout "Rond point de l'Europe" follow the Avenue des myrtes and Avenue du Signal. Maison de la mer : magnificent view of the port, bay and beach. The market : if you dream of being at the heart of Cavalaire sur mer, among southern flavours, scents and colours, come to the market-place on Wednesdays, for the benefit of your eyes and taste buds (from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Place Jean Moulin. The Fish-market : every morning, fishermen propose their catches of the marina pier. D. Day Memorial : Esplanade de Lattre de Tassigny.

RIDES AND STROLLS :

Bike riding : Sea Front Corniche des Maures
Beaches : they got a pavillon bleu des plages in 2000. (2,5 miles of beaches from the centre to the beaches of Padigon).
Seascope and boat excursions : Iles d'Or (Iles d'Hyeres) archipelago, the most southern and gorgeous site of Provence, same latitude as Cape Corse (43°), with three islands lining from West to East (Porquerolles, Port Cros, Le Levant).
Seafront path (sentier du litoral) : starting from the Plages de Cavalaire, it will have a lot of surprises in store for you...

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