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Provence: La Mer

Provence: La Mer


These are the waters of the Mediterranean in Provence...just outside of Cassis. Join us as we explore the breathtaking trail from Cassis Port-Miou to the Calanque d'en Vau. This scenic route offers stunning views, crystal-clear waters, and a full nature bath. It is an unforgettable part of the coast in Southern France.
Cassis is a terribly charming port village, but just a stone's throw beyond it and down the coast (in the direction of Marseille) sits Port-Miou, lined with lovely vessels and the Presqu'île de Cassis. The Presqu'île is a paradise of turquoise water and beautiful coastline and is the gateway to the Calanques National Park.

If you make your way around the port itself, the entrance to the foottrails of the Calanque can be found there. Take the blue marked trail that follows the coast. You will take in the breathtaking views of the sea and the limestone cliffs surround you. This hike has steep portions and the rocks that line the trail are slippery, polished from foot traffic.

After descending what is a natural stone staircase, you will come to a beach. This is the Calanque de Port Pin, an aquamarine cove. From here, the hike increases in difficulty.

The views become more dramatic - this is the heart of the Calanques National Park. Look down the steep cliff below to the beach of Calanque d'en Vau. This is the destination.

After approximately 2 hours of hiking, you'll reach the Calanque d'en Vau. This secluded beach is an inlet of two towering limestone cliffs on both sides.

Prefer being on the water? Kayaks are another wonderful way to visit the Calanques. They can be rented in Cassis and paddled to the National Park. There are many coves and wild swimming spots only accessible by boat.

Photography and writing by Emilie Johnson. She can be found on instagram at @emilie_joly_johnson