Friday, July 18, 2014

Finding France: Classic Cassis and the Calanques!


Summer MUST-SEE Spots
in SW France

Cassis and the Calanques, Sth of France

This year/season in France we took a trip to 2 NEW off-the-beaten-tourist trail relaxing and beautiful summer spots: Biarritz Beach and Cassis & the Calanques, in the Sth of France. We want to share them with you and encourage you to stay in on of our neighbouring L'Apartment homes. We will help with all travel logistics.

Today we're introducing: Cassis and the breathtaking Calanques :)

Cassis and the Calanques

Cassis is a popular port town in 20km East of Marseille in the Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region of France. Once a regular fishing village now a bustling tourist destination, sought for its small quaint village feel, famous cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques.

The wines of Cassis are white and rosé, and not to be confused with crème de cassis, a specialty of Burgundy. and the famed aperitif hour drinks is the Pastis and Ricard.
We sipped and enjoyed the local liquids and sunny  surrounds for 2 days.

We enjoyed the local market and picked up many fine fresh produce delicacies

We basked in the  sun @ the plage de bestouan - 9 min walk from the town centre. MAP

We enjoyed a hike to the first 2 Calanques (beautiful sheltered inlets)
@ Port Miou - 33 minutes from town centre - MAP
@ Port Pin - 1hr 21min from town centre - MAP

And boat trip to the calanques again, to reach the beautiful 3rd Clanque d'En Vau - - although walking it would have been much more beautiful seen from up top. It takes 2 hrs to reach from town centre for the adventurous :) MAP

Read about the Calanques boat tours from Cassis port HERE
Read about the walks and trails HERE
Kayaking is possible too :)

Finally we spent 2 spellbinding nights staring or hypnotised rather, by the chateau that looms luminously over the port while enjoying local seafood specialties and well...more wine and pastis :)

Cassis MAP
Best time to Go:

Shoulder season: May and June and Sept. The peak July and August from what we hear ets completely over-run and for such a small village we can only imagine...

How to get there:
From Marseille: Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles to Gare de Cassis although the station at Cassis is 3km out. OR by bus from Prado Castellano in Marseille goes right to Cassis centre taking 30-4omins. Though buses are infrequent, be sure to check timetables HERE

L'Apartment French homes
to reach our Featured Summer destinations of: Cassis

Stay at Maison de Mathilde
A Villa in Uzes Village
1.5hrs drive to Cassis
(Australian Owned)

Located in Medieval Uzes village, is this 4 bedroom home, recently modernised and furnished combining heritage and culture with self-contained modern comforts. Guests enjoy 3 floors of spacious living with 4 bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, dining area, large terrace with al-fresco dining and BBQ, private stone walled garden and in-ground swimming pool.

Plus: Heating/Air, wifi and TV, laundry facilities, and all linens.

From 240euro p/night (4 guests)
From 1200euro p/week (4 guests)

Click HERE to see this Villa on our website for more details.

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