These 7 things you don’t know (or not) about Cavalaire-sur-Mer

These 7 things you don’t know (or not) about Cavalaire-sur-Mer
These 7 things you don’t know (or not) about Cavalaire-sur-Mer

At a time when the Cœur de ville project will change the face of the center of the seaside resort, few vestiges remain of the history of a city that is both recent and ancient. Because if Cavalaire, the third municipality in the Gulf in population (the census is underway to update the 7,326 inhabitants counted in 2018), dates back to Antiquity, its administrative independence only dates from 1929, the year in which it was detached from Gassin. Since then, construction on the coast and the hills has profoundly changed this destination known for its promenade, its bay, its water sports and its hiking. Here’s a little trip back in time…

1. A temporary exhibition at the station

Photo Var-matin and DR.

A place for temporary exhibitions open all year round managed by the City, the station building is a precious testimony to the seaside resort’s railway past. The coastal line between Toulon and Saint-Raphaël thus made it possible to cross a large part of the department, with a first section between Cogolin-Saint-Tropez and Saint-Raphaël inaugurated in 1889, before that between Toulon and Hyères in 1905. The Train des Pignes ceased its exploitation in 1948, allowing a welcome opening up. The rails on the ground and the panel on the facade recall an initiative which enjoyed considerable success, unfortunately hit by the bombings of the Second World War. The old axis also gave its name to a path parallel to the D 559, which notably runs alongside the Bonporteau campsite.

2. Eden, paradise demolished

At the corner of avenues Gabriel-Péri and Pierre-Rameil, the Eden Bar existed until 2022, before its demolition to make way for a residence still under construction. In this institution which welcomed the Cavalérois for decades, the oldest remember seeing, among the card players and bowlers, a certain Henri Salvador, star of the song who appreciated, like the anonymous people, the charm of the terrace.

3. Seen on TV

Vincent Lagaf’ lives most of the year in Cavalaire. Photo Var-matin and DR.

Passionate about water sports, TV presenter Vincent Lagaf’ has long settled in Cavalaire for a large part of the year, where he has never hesitated to wet his swimsuit to highlight the city’s assets. To the point of having appeared on the list of the current mayor Philippe Leonelli during the municipal elections in 2014.

4. Bonporteau beach, a filming location

Bonporteau Beach doesn’t just welcome swimmers or an eclectic music festival in August. This location has also served as a setting for several filmings, such as Overdose by Olivier Marchal, Mystère à Saint-Tropez by Nicolas Benamou and Le Transporteur Héritage by Camille Delamarre. Cavalaire is more widely a land of cinema with, for example, the appearance of Quentin Dupieux for Mandibles.

5. The 47th edition of the Tragos festival

Actor Christophe Malavoy at the festival, in 2021. Photo Var-matin and DR.

This summer in Pardigon, the Tragos festival will celebrate its 47th edition. The team led by Emmanuel Seignez has been selecting companies from all over France for almost half a century for classic or modern discoveries for all audiences. Often unknown names but also stars like Christophe Malavoy in 2021 (photo above) and Richard Bohringer three times (from 2010 to 2012).

6. A Christmas story written in Cavalaire

The authors of the Christmas story “Sacha and Léa, Michel Alexandre and Charlotte Jouslin. Photo Var-matin and DR.

Sacha and Léa, a Christmas tale presented in Paris in December 2022, was written in Cavalaire by a regular at the place for three decades, Michel Alexandre, with Charlotte Jouslin (photo above). This renowned screenwriter and dialogue writer is a former police officer who collaborated in particular with Bertrand Tavernier (L 627), Alain Corneau (Le Cousin) and created the series Camping Paradis, broadcast on TF1 in 2006.

7. The reopening of Maison Foncin

Maison Foncin reopened its doors to the public in 2022. Photo Var-matin and DR.

Since 2022, the public has rediscovered by appointment the Maison Foncin, a white landmark on the Corniche des Maures, the ascent of which can begin on foot from the Maison de la nature. Built by the historian Pierre Foncin for his wife Jeanne at the end of the 19th century, the superb building, set in a 15-hectare green setting, was bequeathed by his heirs to the Conservatoire du Littoral in 1977. Opening to the public was part of the rules of legacy.

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