Lavender fields, hilltop villages and spectacular rocky fjords, rosé wine and bouillabaisse, Cézanne and Van Gogh, cutting edge rap and hip-hop music, Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, pétanque, scuba diving and Olympique de Marseille: Provence is a vibrant mix of romantic tradition and surprising, fast-changing modernity. This is an insider's guide to the best of it, from a professional journalist living there.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Stunning Route des Crêtes Between Cassis and La Ciotat
Last week we went on a drive through some of the most beautiful scenery in Southern Provence - an area which, as anyone who has been here knows, is not exactly short of stunning views. But the route des Crêtes between Cassis and La Ciotat is one of the choice excursions. If you're around now, hurry, hurry: it's one of the area's worst-kept secrets and gets invaded in summer. But at this time of year, the driving, or (if you like steep hills) cycling is perfect. Click here to read more