Wednesday, 5 August 2009
After three days in paradise we drove the rental car down to the coast, to the small village of Cassis. We stayed in a hotel right down in the port for a week. Cassis for us was all about relaxing and chilling - and it was just perfect! We spent hours on the beach reading and soaking up the warm sun rays, we had lovely meals with lovely wines, and I took lots of photos all around the charming village. We planned to hike the calanques, but unfortunately the area was closed off because of fear of fire. Such a pity! We did however visit the first calanque (which wasn't closed off), and it was really beautiful.
I like how provenceweb.fr describes Cassis:
This little seaside resort is snuggled at the foot of a very tall cliff called Cap Canaille. Cassis is a wonderful place to stroll about with its picturesque fishing port lined with cafes and restaurants.
The city built with its streets going up and down has lovely old quarters with an elegant hotel de ville on the shady square, where the inhabitants came to cool off and play "petanque" on summer nights.
The route des Crete’s high above the sea is very impressive and has a fabulous panorama of the area. This road links Cassis to La Ciotat and follows along the cliffs Soubeyranes. Above these cliffs are the famous calanques or inlets that go all the way to Marseille.
See more photos from Cassis in this set on Flickr. I'll let you know when the set is updated with my film shots.