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An aerial view of the bay and the harbour of Cavalaire-sur-Mer
An aerial view of the bay and the harbour of Cavalaire-sur-Mer
Coat of arms of Cavalaire
Coat of arms
Cavalaire is located in France
Location within Provence-A.-C.d'A. region
Cavalaire is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Coordinates: 43°10′19″N 6°31′47″E / 43.1719°N 6.5297°E / 43.1719; 6.5297Coordinates: 43°10′19″N 6°31′47″E / 43.1719°N 6.5297°E / 43.1719; 6.5297
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Var
Arrondissement Draguignan
Canton Sainte-Maxime
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Annick Napoleon
Area1 16.74 km2 (6.46 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 6,463
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 83036 /83240
Elevation 0–528 m (0–1,732 ft)
(avg. 150 m or 490 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Cavalaire-sur-Mer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.


Cavalaire-sur-Mer is probably an ancient Phoenician colony of the name of Heracles Caccabaria. There are also remains of a Gallo-Roman occupation in Pardigon.

The town was detached from Gassin in 1929.

The village is located on the route of the old railway Saint RaphaelToulon (sometimes called Train Pignes), now defunct. However, the location of the old railway line can be noted and its path followed (and in much of the coast from Le Lavandou to St. Raphael, Cavalaire is even a "Road Train Pignes").

During World War II, on August 16, 1944, it 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.

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