SANARY - LA CADIERE D'AZUR - CASSIS - OLIVE OIL & WINE TASTING
In the morning, you will discover Sanary:
As you arrive on the picturesque wharf, you will fall in love with this Provencal village. The Mediterranean atmosphere is everywhere: you can stroll in the lively streets with colorful façades, terraces shaded by palm trees, and on the pier where traditional boats are docked in the bright water.
From the top of the "corniche" path where there is Notre Dame de Pitié chapel built in 1560, you can have a magnificent view on the island "des Embiez" and the red rocks of the rough coastline. Every morning, you can shop at the small market with local producers (on Wednesday morning, there is a larger market).
Then we will drive to La Cadière d'Azur :
This perched village benefits from an interesting panorama that overlooks pine forests, olive groves, and the famous Bandol vineyards. Its colorful, narrow and flower-filled streets have kept the charm of those Provencal villages that have retained their authentic identity.
The stairs intertwine with the houses inside the former town walls. After walking under one of the ancient gateways, you can also climb up to the Saint-André church built in the beginning of the 16thC on the ruins of a 12thC church.
Lunch on your own in Cassis. If you want us to book a Bouillabaisse lunch (local dish made on a wide variety of fishes and a fish stew), please ask us.
This little seaside resort is snuggled at the foot of a very tall cliff called Cap Canaille. Cassis is a wonderful place to stroll about with its picturesque fishing port lined with cafes and restaurants.
The fishing boats now share the harbor with yachts and a collection of tourist boats for visiting the "calanques", a trip you shouldn't miss (45 mn to 1h30).
Between Marseille and Cassis the coast is broken up by these "calanques", enticing fjord-like inlets lying between vertical white cliffs. The sight is fantastic. (cruise not included)
From the panoramic road overlooking the bay of Cassis, we will stop to appreciate the fabulous landscape.
On the way back we will stop in an estate to taste the renowned Bandol wine. The major type of wine in the rosé, but you will also discover an interesting red wine (unusual for the region), characterized by its dark color with rich flavors of black fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and leather.
Olive oil tasting in an estate or in a mill