Cavalaire-sur-Mer is a resort located on the south coast, just to the west of St Tropez. There is a wonderful 3km beach which is the main draw of this traditional summer resort.
This is the quintessential seaside town- a place of boardwalks and palm trees, beach bars and volleyball on the sand. The town is quite modern and caters largely to the family market, and as a result has an easygoing charm and vibrancy that is miles away from its glitzy neighbour Saint Tropez. The large port is lined with restaurants and crammed full of interesting yachts, while village markets give it real local colour. It also has wild coastal walks along stunning headlands and cliffs, tranquil rocky coves with crystal clear water and the forested Maures hills beckon quietly from the interior. During summer, the streets and the sidewalk cafes are extremely lively, with many shows and outdoor concerts in the town squares.
This town is paradise for sailing enthusiast, its port is easily accessible and has the capacity to welcome over a thousand boats. With a mild and sunny climate throughout the year, it is the perfect setting to enjoy a relaxing vacation.
The town is full of restaurants, cafes, snackbars and pizzerias - just wander along and take your pick. For great fish on the beach, take a long walk (or shuttle bus) to cheap and cheerful Terre de Sable, or get a takeaway pizza and sit on the promenade under the palms. For something fancier head to the port and get a table at Le Comptoir des Saveurs, or to Delicatessen restaurant on the Promenade de Mer. If you fancy a long rose lunch in the sun at a beach club, the Italian at Bellini Plage is normally a good option.
As mentioned, the town comes alive at night in the summer months, with concerts, shows, late night bars, and discos. There's a great little rum bar in the port called La Rhumerie, and there's a casino for those who like a flutter. For the most part it all still has a relaxed and fun feel to it though.