Cassis, France (Côte d’Azur)
Back in October, I shared that I was headed back to Provence with some friends for a week-long road trip. I’ve been meaning to edit the photos (all 1,487 of them!) over the past few months and I am finally getting around to it. There is soooo much gorgeousness and great tips to share for potential honeymoons. I’ve decided to break it all up into several different posts but the first locale I have to share is Cassis:
Obviously, Cassis is coastal. It’s a little gem located in southern France in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region about 20 km east of Marseilles. We had decided to take a short road trip down to see Saint Tropez one day but unfortunately, a fierce storm decided to unleash its fury right as we arrived in St Trop – nothing seemed to be open so we decided to head over to Cassis (don’t worry, we made it back to St Trop and I’ll share more on that later). I snapped the above photo right after we parked in Cassis – we had finally found a parking spot perched on a hill away from the crowded port and we could hear crashing waves so we found a little stairway and this is what we found at the bottom … I felt like I had discovered an oasis … a secret surfers’ spot … the ‘blue lagoon’ … it felt incredible, magical and completely unreal. If mermaids exist, this is where I would expect to find them.
Visiting Cassis and the entire Côte d’Azur (we drove along the coast from Menton to Saint Tropez on another day) was an intoxicating experience. I usually spend hours and hours researching our trips and while I had spent an exhaustive amount of time planning our travels in Provence, I really hadn’t done much to prepare for the Med. And it was the best thing I could have done. Because I didn’t know exactly what to expect, I was completely blown away by the mesmerizing beauty of the coastline, the jagged cliffs, the undulating blue waters, the crashing white waves, the most picturesque harbors I could have ever imagined … I was in a state of perpetual awe.
And this doll may be the chicest ‘seasoned’ lady I’ve ever seen. The sunnies, capelet, bag, coiffed hair and little bit of houndstooth peeking through equal total fabulousness for me! Lord, I hope I look that good in 50 years!
Cassis is noted for its cliffs (falaises).
Top Tips for Cassis:
– Walk all the way out on the pier to experience the height of the waves. You’ll probably get splashed – we were seeing 12 foot waves when we were there in late October.
– Enjoy a meal in the harbor and soak up the beauty. There is also a restaurant right on the water with fabulous panoramic views of the surrounding cliffs.
– Take a tour of the sheltered inlets called calanques that surround Cassis. We didn’t get a chance to do this but it’s on my list for this summer when we hopefully return.
Photography by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.