Cassis

More please, Cassis beaches, France

en Vau Colunque Cassis

en Vau Colunque Cassis

Inspired by work colleague’s excited memories about his train trip from London to Southern France, I couldn’t wait to finally see some of the famous French riviera.

With no real clue on where the pearl of the Cote’d Azur is and which village should be the first one to visit to get the real French seaside charm, I  picked closest to Marseille, first seaside stop  from Paris. Cassis, small fishermen village is 30 minute drive from Marseille  sold me with amazing views of  the breathtaking beautiful Calunques –  steep cliffs, caves and inlets made from limestone.

Colunques Cassis

Colunques Cassis

More Colunques Cassis, France

More Colunques Cassis, France

And I somehow regret that I’m not a hiker, as beaches must have looked so much more beautiful, if you could see them from the top of the cliffs, but oh well…boat was fine as well. While it was really windy in Cassis for the 3 days we were there at the end of May, boat trip was pretty calm with couple of roller coaster moments on the massive waves, but we survived.

Calunques, Cassis

Calunques, Cassis

Boat tour guide had lot’s of information about each of the calunques,  but as  it was all in French I was left enjoying the beauty in my own interpretation (I think he tried to speak English, but it still sounded  French to me).  My favorite was en Vau, with the beach at the end … once you have seen this the rest looks pretty average. I think that tour of 3 calunques is completely enough to get the feel, and price is somehow acceptable for a 45 min boat ride(12 Eur).

One more look to the en Vau Calunque

One more look to the en Vau Calunque

La plage de la Grande Mer

But back to beaches, if the weather has been on our side, I might have opened swimming season as the color of the sea was very inviting, but I didn’t.  Main beach of the city La plage de la Grande Mer has rough sand and pebbles, while water is nice – but not a place to spend a week.  And even on a windy day it was pretty packed, so I’m sure it’s hard to step your feet on when it’s hot and sunny. Beach is just at the end of the harbor, no parking available there.

La plage de la Grande Mer, Cassis main beach

La plage de la Grande Mer, Cassis main beach

Sandy beach, La plage de la Grande Mer

Sandy beach, La plage de la Grande Mer

La plage du Bestouan

The other beach in a walking distance was La plage du Bestouan, you can see it from the boat tour, and it’s a lovely small pebbly beach, where you can lie on the cliffs or on the beach and enjoy the sun. I loved it for the 30 minutes on the morning we had to leave, when it was finally not windy. It was too short and I want MORE PLEASE! How  to get there? From the center of Cassis walk west keeping left all the time and following sign of plage, it’s a 5 minute walk on the side walk.

La plage du Bestouan, sea view

La plage du Bestouan, sea view

La plage du Bestouan beach, Cassis

La plage du Bestouan beach, Cassis

La plage du Bestouan

La plage du Bestouan

 
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