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Les Calanques on the French Riviera

Rotunda fountain in Aix-en-Provence, French spa town, also known as the city of fountains. ©helovi/iStock

Rotunda fountain at Aix-en-Provence, France

Cassis is a small town gathered around the harbor, situated in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France. It is famous for its landscapes, for the cliffs and the Calanques, sheltered inlets accessible with boats or by long walks. ©Flavio Vallenari/iStock

Colorful slew of boats in harbor in Cassis, France

Marseille in May. The water area of the Old Port - yachts, speedboats and fishing boats. On the hill - splendid Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde ©kavram/iStock

The Old Port

High angle view of cityscape by sea. Notre Dame de la Garde in Marseille against clear sky. Buildings by seascape on sunny day. ©SimonSkafar/iStock

High angle view of cityscape by sea against sky

Aix-en-Provence, France - June 20, 2016: Cardeurs square with cafes and restaurants in the old town of Aix-en-Provence city on the south of France. ©RossHelen/iStock

Aix-en-Provence city in France

Colorful traditional houses on the promenade in the port of Cassis town near Marseilles, Provence, France ©Xantana/iStock

Cassis old town port promenade, Provence, France

An old yellow wall at the old town of Marseille, France. ©Chalffy/iStock

Old Yellow Wall in Marseille,France


3 days between town and nature in Provence

A trip around Marseille

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The air is filled sunshine, singing cicadas and the sweet scent of fig trees. There, beneath the vines, sits a table. On the tablecloth are Provencal colours, some olives and glasses of pastis, pearl drops of freshness. Marseille and its old port, coves with dazzling rocks, Aix-en-Provence and the murmur of its fountains … Here is the programme for a 100% Michelin Green Guide route for MytripTailor.
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Marseille Aix en Provence

Day 1 - Marseille

Go to the main part of Marseille. Breakfast in the Old Port, walk in Le Panier and visit MuCEM. Lovers of ancient art should take a detour to the Musée des Docks Romains. After enjoying the building and artifacts, you can lunch on the terrasse du Mucem. In the afternoon, choose between a boat excursion to the Frioul archpelago, or a climb up to the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde to enjoy panoramic views over Marseille and its bay. Come back down on the Corniche side, via the chic Roucas-Blanc district. Spend the evening in a lively area such as Cours Julien.

  • Distance : 11 km
  • Duration : 0h54

Day 2 - Marseille

Head to Cassis, an ancient fishing port that has evolved into a pleasant resort. Surrounded by the arid heights of the Massif de Puget and the wooded cliffs of Cap Canaille, Cassis is renowned for its natural beauty. Its exceptional colours and light have supplied a fertile source of inspiration to Derain, Vlaminck, Matisse and Dufy among other artists. After you’ve visited town, a bus ride along the breathtaking winding road to the coves is worthy of a trip in itself. Make a picnic stop in Sormiou, not far from the small harbour with its beach and huts. Return to Marseille for dinner in the Old Port district.

  • Distance : 63 km
  • Duration : 2h13

Day 3 - Marseille - Aix en Provence

City of water, city of art … Aix-en-Provence composes this dual identity without a false note, playing the same score for centuries: the murmur of its fountains that exude a soothing freshness, singing of its old stonework celebrating the splendour of its past, a symphony of colourful markets and lively street cafés. Spend the day walking and sightseeing, taking in the Musée Granet. It’s this true city of the south with its ancient and baroque tones where your trip draws to a close.

  • Distance : 32 km
  • Duration : 1h1

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