The French Riviera is the area in the South Eastern coast of France which features the most beautiful beaches in the world. French Riviera beaches are naturally rocky beaches with some sand. The beaches with sand are man made. The landscape varies with gorgeous hills of red and white rock. The chiseled cliffs of the Calanques in Cassis are one of the most famous in the French Riviera. Nice, Marseille and Monaco are the top destinations in the French Riviera.
What is the French Riviera?
Europeans often take entire months off to take a vacation in this retreat and during the months of July and August, it is hard to find a spot on the beach. The extended hours of sunlight during those months also mean that sunbathers take full advantage of over twelve hours of sun exposure a day. By 9 am there are already beach bums staking out their spot on the beach.
It is common to find topless women and men in speedos on the French Riviera. Snorkeling and scuba gear is also very popular for swimmers. Yachts, boats, watersports and parasailing are all out during the Summer months. The waters are very busy at this time of the year.
The best part about the French Riviera is that it is affordable. It is not reserved for the elite or super rich. Everyone goes to the French Riviera in France for the holidays. We traveled there this summer for a very reasonable price for a luxurious vacation. Here I will tell you how we did it, and where we went.
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Cassis is the best kept secret in the French Riviera. Nice and Marseille are way too occupied and there's just too many people to relax. Cassis is a small town just 20 minutes away from Marseille, with charming people and serene landscapes. The port of Cassis has been the major attraction for many tourists but it still maintains a small town feel. Many restaurants and boutiques line the main streets. It is a family oriented place that offers many exciting activities for all ages.
If you've ever dreamed of traveling in France, seeing Paris and the French Riviera then Cassis is the perfect getaway. To get to Cassis you can fly to Paris then take the train to Marseille and then to Cassis. Paris is a nice contrasting urban city from Cassis. Once you get to Cassis, you'll really enjoy the calm and slow pace. I would highly suggest this order of travel when seeing France. Paris is a great city on it's own. The city is well designed and has everything to offer. There's always something happening in Paris and somewhere to go. But after a week or two in the fast city, it's nice to get away. When you get to Cassis, Provence you too will realize why the French spend so much time there and why it's world famous. The temperatures are warm year round and during fall, winter and spring there far less tourists and accomodations are cheaper.
Many boaters come to Cassis for their quiet retreats in the lagoon areas around the Calanques. There are many tours offered in Marseille to come see this marvelous site. The Calanques are a series of mountains that carve the rocky landscape right at the edge of the Mediterranean sea. These areas are not filled with many people and you can easily find a spot where no one can see you sunbathe or swim naked. No need to rent a private cabin or chair. The Calanques is your sunbed!