Situated at the far western coast of the Massif des Maures, Rayol Canadel is a much more than just an ordinary village. From its stunning coastal views to its long history, beautiful architecture and its flowers, this lovely small town is a wonderful place to experience a real French experience. Part of the popular Alpes Cote d’Azur Region, this lovely twin town region is nestled in the pine forests adjoining the beautiful and powerful Mediterranean. From sandy beaches to botanical gardens, come with us as we get to know more about this amazing French destination for travel.
A commune made up of two small villages including the villages of Le Rayol and Canadel, they are situated along the D559 which travels along the beautiful coastline. Located between Cavaliere and Cavaliere -sur-mer, it is known for its views.
The history of this area as far as travel dates back to the opening of the Provence railway in 1885. Mostly uninhabited till this point, the coast quickly grew in popularity and by 1925, the town of Rayol was already a bustling small seaside resort town. Made up of five districts it included the villages of Rayol, Canadel, Fenouillet, Pierrugues and Dattier. Roads, staircases, piers, gardens and hotels began to pop up and by 1949, Rayol Canadel was an independent village. Popular for artists and writers, this coastal region grew and thrived much like the coastal towns of states such as California also known for their small coastal regions.
As a coastal town, it makes sense that this area is well known for its beaches which including the beaches of Rayol, Canadel and neighboring beaches which include Figuier Beach and Pramousquier Beach however, this area is much more than just its’ surf and sand. Town itself offers many unusual and beautiful monuments, attractions and enjoyable events as well.
One such site is the Monumental Staircase. In addition, the Patec, the Canadel Chapel , the Tablet of Sir Henry Royce, the National Cemetery, the Stele and the Stele of the Commando are a few of the other monuments of significance as well. Many of these sites date back to WWII and tell the story of the commando troops who landed on August 14th and 15th in 1944.
Perhaps its most popular and inviting feature is the garden. Open daily, visitors to the Garden can enjoy guided tours, exhibitions, workshops and much more. Featuring more than 400 species of beautiful Mediterranean flowers and plants, this small area is filled with color and beauty year round.
As the area is known for its tourism, many shops, restaurants and other attractions are also located throughout including those featuring food, wine, art, and other unique items special to the area as well. A beautiful area with a pleasant climate, most visitors enjoy the many area walks as well outside of town including the Old Railway Track and the Sentier Canadel.
Whether out strolling in the sun or learning more about the history of the region, find out more about the many lesser known and beautiful small towns France has to offer you.
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