Tuesday, 9 December 2014


We visited the south of France for the first time recently. If you are thinking of doing the same, we have a few recommendations.

Explore Marseille. Marseille is full of beauty and charm but also has a gritty edge that adds a heap of character. It's a functioning port town and the waterfront is a great place to wander around, taking in the sights of old forts, fishermen and local kids playing in the sea. Have a drink on the balcony at La Caravelle, overlooking the historic port and head to the iconic Pizzeria Etienne (Italy is just around the corner from here after all) for a great lunch with staff that make you feel like family.

Spend a day at Bandol on the Mediterranean coast. This cute little town has a great retro feel to it and a distinct lack of overseas tourists. Head to the beach for a swim in the crystal clear water, and grab a glass or three of Bandol rose on the promenade while watching the local retirees play petanque.

Explore the numerous hill-top towns around Provence. We loved the tiny La Cadiere D'Azur. Those quaint little Provencal towns that you see in movies? This is it. There's a great boulangerie, charcuterie, a little square to eat in, and pretty much nothing else, including tourists. Bliss.

Cassis is another cool seaside town worth visiting. For a great view of the town, jump the security gate and walk around the ruins of the old fort on the waters edge.

Check out our photo diary after the jump.

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