Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer (French pronunciation: ​[ʁajɔl kanadɛl syʁ mɛʁ]; Occitan: Lo Raiòu Canadèu) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It comprises two small villages: Le Rayol and Canadel. They are situated along the D559 which goes along the coast at an average distance of approximately 200 metres from the sea. Rayol-Canadel-Sur-Mer is in between Cavaliere and Cavalaire-sur-mer. There are villas above and below the road on the hillside facing the sea and there is a view of L'Ile du Levant and L'Ile de Port-Cros.

A view from the coastal path of the Domaine Rayol
A view from the coastal path of the Domaine Rayol
Coat of arms of Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer
Location of Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer
Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer is located in France
Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Coordinates: 43°09′34″N 6°27′45″E / 43.1594°N 6.4625°E / 43.1594; 6.4625Coordinates: 43°09′34″N 6°27′45″E / 43.1594°N 6.4625°E / 43.1594; 6.4625
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
CantonLa Crau
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Jean Plenat[1]
6.83 km2 (2.64 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
 • Density98/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
83152 /83820
Elevation0–494 m (0–1,621 ft)
(avg. 70 m or 230 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.


It has one beach at Canadel and another at Le Rayol. Carla Bruni, model, singer and wife of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, visited the beach at Canadel before she became famous. For many years until 2007, there was a swimming race around the headland from one beach to the other but it was stopped after health and safety concerns. Every year there is a fireworks display on 15 August to celebrate when Allied troops landed on the beaches during World War II to liberate France in Operation Dragoon.[3]

Domaine du RayolEdit

The Domaine du Rayol is the most popular attraction in the village[citation needed] and contains gardens of plants from around the world.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer visit, photos, travel info and hotels, by Provence Beyond".
  4. ^ http://www.domainedurayol.org/