The Avid Cruiser Takes On: Cavalaire-Sur-Mer

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Beautiful bays in Cavalaire-sur-Mer © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

This coming summer, I hope to once again visit Cavalaire-Sur-Mer, in the south of France.

Be sure to check out the video that accompanies this post to get  taste for the flavor of the city and the beautiful bay that defines it.

Cavalaire-Sur-Mer is a picturesque port where you can take in some sun, join in on a friendly volleyball match or stroll the wide promenade alongside the sea. There is a large protected bay that’s just perfect for water sports. Here, you can do some parasailing, go power boating, try your luck at windsurfing, jump on a jet ski — literally any other water sport you can think of, you can do it here. If you are a diver, there are 12 wrecks in the region to explore — all within an hour’s sailing.

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Be sure to visit the fish market in Cavalaire-sur-Mer © 2012 Ralph Grizle

There’s also a colorful fish market that opens daily at 10 a.m. where the friendly fishermen are more than happy to show you their day’s catch.

Cavalaire-Sur-Mer has lots of shops, restaurants and cafes where you can sit for a long lunch, or grab an ice cream or a cold drink. History buff? Be sure to visit the monument that commemorates the World War II Allied invasion of Southern France that took place in August of 1944.

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During World War II, on August 16, 1944, Cavalaire-sur-Mer was one of the sites of a beach landing in Operation Dragoon, the Allied invasion of southern France. Every year, August 15 sees a parade of military vehicles and the reconstruction of a military camp. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

I enjoyed walking down charming little side streets past some inviting cafes and looking out on the beautiful bay in this yet-to-be-discovered cruise destination. There’s a lot to like here, and with 12 kilometers of beaches and 12 different shades of sand, it is a place worth returning to, time and again.