Var (83740) Population: 3,139 Altitude: 144 m
Cadière-d'Azur is a small medieval village perched on a hilltop about 6 km north of Bandol on the coast. The old village, with a fairly large bunch of houses, sits on a rocky ridge, quite picturesque when approached along the small road from the south.
The autoroute circles around the east and north side of the village, sort of spoiling the medieval feeling when standing on the far side to look out across the plains to the north, although there is a nice view of Le Castellet perched on its hilltop just across the valley.
Inside the village and along the main street, however, you're isolated from the modern world, with typical little shops as well as artisanal shops for pottery and local products.
Above the small main street, you can walk through the archway past the studded oaken doors of the porte St-Jehan, dated "Janvier 1561" [photo-3], and wander up the narrow little streets of the old village. This is one of three remaining medieval portes, including the porte de la Colle and the porte Mazrin, in the ancient medieval walls. Among the ancient buildings of the old town are the Tour de l'Horloge with a 16th-century campanile and the 16th century St-André church with its tall hexagonal clock tower [photo-4].
History of La Cadière-d'Azur
First record, 993: Cathedra, Catedra; 1047: Cadera. Cathedra stands for siege or place of rest; in Provençal, cadiero is a chair.
Gallo-Roman: Numerous Gallo-roman vestiges have been discovered in the region, including several Roman fountains. The Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs is built on the old Roman foundations.
Medieval: Cadière was a Seigneurie of the Viscounts of Marseille, and later of the Abbey of St-Victor.
Tel : 0494 90 12 56
Open: Tue, Fri 13h30-16h30; Thu 9h-12h; Sat 14h-16h.
Market day: 2nd Sat, Thur.
• GPS: 43.195336, 5.753738
IGN (1/25,000) #3245 ET "Aubagane, La Ciotat, Ste-Baume"
IGN (1/25,000) #3346 OT "Toulon, Le Gro Cerveau, Mont Faron"
The best bet for hiking here is the GR51 (Balcony of the Cote d'Azur) that crosses the low hills only 2 km southwest of the village.
Transportation La Cadière-d'Azur
Department 83, Var Buses
- See Beyond's Var Department Bus Schedules for downloading the Var bus-lines map [Plan du Reseau] and bus-line schedules [Horaires] (link for PDF files).
- Schedules for the Var bus lines are on the VarLib Horaires-Ligne page (http://www.varlib.fr/horaires_ligne/?rub_code=6") - type the line number in the Numéro ... ligne box to access the bus schedule PDF link. (Type a couple of digits in the box to get a list of route numbers.)