Les Calanques on the French Riviera
Rotunda fountain at Aix-en-Provence, France
Colorful slew of boats in harbor in Cassis, France
The Old Port
High angle view of cityscape by sea against sky
Aix-en-Provence city in France
Cassis old town port promenade, Provence, France
Old Yellow Wall in Marseille,France
A trip around Marseille
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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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.
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.
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.
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