From Trip: A week in Provence
Day 1: Hike across the cliffs of The Calanques using any of the well-signposted routes or just stroll around the town of Cassis. After a relaxing afternoon here, drive to the Area of the Camargue, ready to start the next day.
From Trip: 2014 South of Europe
From Trip: Barcelona to Rome
Hang out at the beach and explore the Calanques at Cassis
Although not nearly as famous as its nearby Riviera neighbor, Cassis is just as delightful as St. Tropez with an equally beautiful town and beach defined by white limestone cliffs and sheltered inlets called calanques. It also has a lovely, wide sandy beach perfect for getting your tan on in the summer (of course in the French tradition, sans bikini top).
Cassis was an ancient fishing port and was rebuilt on the old ruins in the 18th century, resulting in a more regular layout than most other medieval villages. A walk through the old village streets will reveal well preserved old buildings, some dating back to the 16th century, and some restored with the colorful pastels of Provence. The picture-perfect harbor is dotted with masts and fishing boats. Although not an undiscovered beach town in France, Cassis tends to be less crowded than other Mediterranean cities and nearby Marseille.
>>Cassis is one of France’s Best Beaches