Mid-term in October will be here before we know it and we all need a little vacation this fall.
Now travel restrictions are less complicated, indulge yourself by visiting one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Just two hours from London is a French seaside town well worth a visit.
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Where the Mediterranean meets the southern coast of France, Cassis is a charming fishing village not far from famous Marseille.
In addition, it is perfectly located for visiting the magnificent Calanques National Park.
Postcard-like, the beautiful cliffs of the creeks are a true wonder of nature.
Located along the Mediterranean coast, a calanque is a narrow and breathtaking valley with sheer walls of limestone formations and there are 26 of them throughout the park.
Forming rocky coves, you can discover impressive turquoise waters, pretty pebble and sandy beaches and incredible underwater gardens.
The park is a true gem of biodiversity and there is so much to explore. You can hike around the Calanques, kayak the waters or just relax on the beaches and admire the true natural beauty of this French haven of peace.
With 20 km of coastline between Cassis and Marseille, it is the only European national park which encompasses land, sea and urban areas.
Cassis is the ideal place to stay if you want to visit the park. From the village, you can walk directly to Port Miou, the first cove.
The hike in the creeks of Cassis can be done in a morning and you will have a breathtaking view of these cliffs and these magical white waters.
Reviews of Les Calanques on Tripadvisor say it is a “must see”, “like something of a fantasy” and “unforgettable”. Many recommend booking guided tours to learn more about the geology.
Once you’ve been in awe of the wonders of the national park, there is also plenty to do in Cassis.
Of course, the region is also renowned for its wine production, with many award-winning white wines sourced from Cassis.
Some say it is Provence’s best-kept wine secret and has one of the oldest vineyards in France, with the first written account of winemaking appearing there in the 12th century.
Unsurprisingly, there are many wine tours around Cassis, where you can sip the local produce.
Once you’ve indulged in the delicacies of the wines, take a stroll through the charming fishing port. There is a plethora of beautiful architecture to see, historic monuments and unique shops to visit.
Although there are many wonderful beaches in the Calanques, there are even more around Cassis. The fishing port is expected to reach highs of 21 degrees Celsius this month, and you are guaranteed to spend time by the sea, like the stunning Grande Mer Beach.
No vacation is complete without delicious food and Cassis has so much to offer.
With two Michelin stars, indulge yourself at La Villa Madie. Serving French haute cuisine, it is rated 4.7 stars on Google.
Critics say it is “a moment of culinary poetry”, has a “superb” view of the sea, and serves “absolutely exquisite” food.
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How to get there
British Airways offers flights from Heathrow to Marseille for under £ 100, then you can take a short drive to Cassis.
It takes less than two hours to fly from London.
Why not swap your staycations for a European getaway to one of the most beautiful places in the world?
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