The last free day we had in Europe was spent exploring the colorful port town of Cassis. Since we had already been to the north coast of France, we wanted a chance to see the south coast and this turned out to be the perfect place to do it. It’s only about a 45-minute drive from Aix en Provence and it’s known for it’s local wine, charming outdoor cafes and breathtaking rocky inlets.
As soon as we found parking, the first thing we did was head straight for the beach. I was dying to get my very first glimpse of the Mediterranean Sea!
I was worried that the weather was going to be bad but other than a few clouds earlier in the day, it turned out to be a beautiful. The water was such a gorgeous shade of turquoise and it made me wish I had brought my suit to go swimming.
Instead we did the next best thing and took a boat tour to see the famous calanques (or inlets). But since we had a few hours to kill before departure, we decided to peruse the gift shops and get lost down the side streets of the city.
It was such a scenic and quaint little town! Seeing how we were there in October it wasn’t very crowded either which was nice.
We were also really impressed with the food. We ordered a salad and a pizza at an Italian cafe and it was so fresh and flavorful!
By the time we got around to the boat tour, the sun started shining which made it feel so nice to be out on the water. We opted for the 45-minute tour of three calanques and it was perfect. Not too long or too short. There were a few nudists hanging out on the rocks but thankfully we were far enough away that you couldn’t really make anything out.
After the boat tour we stopped into one of the boulangeries and picked up a pistachio eclair. Then we found a spot on a park bench, stuffed our faces with it and relaxed to take in the beauty of Cassis one last time.
I had originally planned for us to end the day tasting wine at one of the local vineyards but they were closed because it was the off-season so instead we drove along Les Route des Crêtes to get a view of the cliffs and the city below.
It was incredible! I highly recommend checking out Cassis if you’re ever in the South of France. It was the perfect way to end our time in Europe!