By its size the bay of Cavalaire is ideal for water activities. 4 km of sandy beaches, coves and rocky shores with their typical forests of umbrella pines await you.
La Baie de Cavalaire sur Mer - (Photo : L. Caille)
Its 1200-berth marina has all the modern conveniences and it is the first harbour in the Mediterranean equipped to fight pollution to keep the beaches clean and the sea-water crystal clear.
But if you fancy getting away from the coast, try heading inland to the summit of the "Epaule de Malatra" or the "Pradels", at an altitude of 527 metres, and enjoy the glittering views over the bay and heady scents of the eucalyptus, myrtle and arbutus.
. A touch of history : click here
The name Cavalaire comes from the Greek colony "Heraclea Cacabaria" which founded a settlement in the bay. It evokes memories of Carthage and Hercules. The story of this young town (which has just celebrated its 70th birthday!) of 5300 inhabitants began in 800 B.C. when the Ligurians occupied the fortress of Montjean.
The Count of Provence, Guillaume I, built a watchtower on Cap Cavalaire, which was subsequently fortified by the Counts of Grimaud. The fortifications were destroyed in 1646. In the 18th century, Cavalaire was a small fishing village attached to the neighbouring village of Gassin until 1929.
On August 15, 1944, the Allied Forces chose the site for the landings of the American army's 3rd infantry division. Cavalaire's main activity is now tourism and the town possesses a 1 200-berth marina, famous throughout the Mediterranean. The remains of the Ligurian fortress, inhabited from 6 to 4 B.C., can still be admired on the heights overlooking Cavalaire Bay.
. After Cavalaire : Take the RD 559 road from Cavalaire towards Le Lavandou, then the RD 27 towards La Mole. When you reach the summit, turn right and take the "Route des Crêtes", which offers magnificent views over the "Iles d'Or" or Golden Islands, Cavalaire and the bay. The hilltop road is located 500 metres above sea level.
. "Belvédère" : at the "Rond Point de l'Europe" roundabout, take the Avenue des Myrtes then the Avenue du Signal.
. From the Maison de la Mer : Fine views over the marina, bay and beaches.
Cavalaire's port - (Photo : L. Caille)
. Bonporteau beach : at Cavalaire's western exit. A pathway leads you to this magnificent sandy beach, tucked away in a creek.
Bonporteau Beach - (Photo : golfe-infos)
. Diving :
If Cavalaire is reckoned to be the number 2 Mediterranean site for diving after Marseille, it’s not just by accident. click here
Cavalaire Bay conceals 1,000 treasures: 12 wrecks with evocative names (le Ramon, le Rubis, l’Espingole…), well-known diving locations at all depths and in a safe environment. Thanks to its richly-interesting sea beds, Cavalaire-sur-Mer is without a doubt a choice scuba-diving venue.
Offering maiden dives to diplomas, six diving clubs equipped with qualified monitors, special boats and full diving gear, will be delighted to introduce you to Cavalaire's offshore wrecks, rocks and subsea flora & fauna. Just one tip - never venture out alone !
Diving Cavalaire sur mer - (Photos : Mer & Littoral ››)
. Fishing : If you fancy deap-sea fishing the local clubs will take you out to open sea in the early hours of the day to try to catch tuna or swordfish.
. Sailing activities : click here
Throughout the year, the Cavalaire Yacht Club (the Var’s number one school) offers you a range of sailing activities. You may hire for the day or take courses in sailing, wind surfing, catamaran and Optimist sailing.
You can try out the numerous sailing activities offered by the various professionals on hand : pedalo, water skiing, jet-skiing or parascending.
Windsurfing, good slalom spot along the 4 km of sandy beach in a beautiful bay. Good spot for waves in the middle of the bay when the east wind is blowing.
Day boat trips : Day excursions to the îles d'Or (Le Levant, Port-Cros, Porquerolles) departing from Cavalaire harbour.
Loisirs nautiques à Cavalaire sur Mer - (Photos : golfe-infos)
. "Pétanque" : Meet the local people right in the middle of a game of pétanque in the place Benjamin Gaillard or at the “boulodrome” in the port.
. Horse riding : Treks, night treks, training courses and private lessons.
. Shopping : gifts and souvenirs, ...
. Take a walk : click here
. But the best thing to do in Cavalaire on this lovely sandy beach, is to do nothing but lie in the sun which is after all a perfectly normal activity when on holiday.
. The "Casino du Golfe" :
Slot machines, Roulette, Black Jack, reception room, brasserie, restaurant, piano-bar, shows in Summer. Open 7 days a week, all year round.
. Discos :
Le Cacabaria, Le Challenger, Le Cabaret.
. "La Médiathèque" :
10 000 books, videos, CD-ROMs, periodicals (papers, magazines). Regular exhibitions (according to period).
. "L'Ecran Bleu" cinema :
open all year round. click here
. Provençal market :
every Wednesday 7.00 am to 1.00 pm - Place Jean Moulin.
. The Fish market :
at the fishermens hall every day from 10.00 am onwards at the port.
. Seascope - Aquascope :Glass-bottomed trimaran. The middle hull, which is entirely submerged, allows you to discover the bay's fascinating sea beds.
. "Le petit train du soleil" :
Departing from Avenue des Alliés, the train ride lasts 30 minutes (every day from April 1-September 15, from 10.00 am -23.00 pm).
. Painting and sculpture exhibitions :
at the "Maison de la Mer".
. LEADING EVENTS : click here
Water sports show : (boat show) in April.
The theatre festival of Pardigon : in July and August
Cavalaire's Jet Games : in September
Cavalaire Jet Games à Cavalaire sur Mer - (Photos : golfe-infos)
Le Noël Bleu : during Christmastide.