By the Sea

From picturesque ports to idyllic islands, dive into the regions’ coastal charms. Delightful fishing villages. Delicious AOC wine. World-class art with views of the sea. Breathtaking panoramas on one of the most beautiful roads in France. Experience the unexpected in Provence.

CircuitDurée5 jours
Lieux visités
Mediterranean Islands
Villa Noailles
Villa Carmignac
Parc National des Calanques

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Art at Villa Noailles and Villa Carmignac
Island-hopping in the Mediterranean
The Parc National des Calanques

Etape 1Paradise FoundEscape to the idyllic Île de Porquerolles

Part of the Parc National de Port-Cros, the car-free island of Porquerolles invites you to stroll or bike its well-preserved trails and coastline. Nicknamed the pearl of the Îles d’Or, this gem offers blissful beaches, spectacular nature, and amazing art. Don’t miss the just-opened Fondation Carmignac, whose April – Nov. exhibits feature notable art in a most sublime setting.

Etape 2Work of DesignDive into Hyères' design scene

Famous for its palm trees, Hyères has grown into Provence’s design capital. Soaring above the city, the white modernist Villa Noailles and its cutting-edge expos are a must for architecture, fashion, and design buffs. Down below amongst the city’s pink facades, follow the art trail. Dozens of ateliers open their doors so you can learn about ceramics, photography, instrument making and more. The Toulon Holiday Inn will welcome you for a night before returning to the Île des Embiez.

Etape 3Fantasy IslandSet sail for the Île des Embiez

Beloved for its creeks, spectacular coves, rocks sculpted by the sea, and crystal-clear seabeds, the Île des Embiez is a paradise for nature lovers of all ages. The Mediterranean Eden was purchased by Paul Ricard in 1958. Explore the mogul’s passions beyond the racetrack at his aquarium and museum, the Institut Océanographique Paul Ricard.

Etape 4Port of CallFrom Sanary-Sur-Mer to the Route des Crêtes

Stroll the lovely market and spot traditional pointu fishing boats in Sanary-sur-Mer. Sip the fantastic local rosé alongside anchoïade in the sun at Bandol’s La Chipote. Reunite with the Provençal countryside for a most unique experience, a night at the Hotel & Spa du Castellet, which sits just 800 meters from the mythical Circuit Paul Ricard. Between La Ciotat and Cassis, the sinuous Route des Crêtes offers jaw-dropping views of the Parc National des Calanques.  Make a pit stop at the majestic Cap Canaille before returning to Cassis and its calanques.

Etape 5A Great EscapeCassis and the Parc National des Calanques

Spectacular limestone fjords await you – explore them by hike or by boat! Don’t miss Cassis’ Calanque En Vau or Marseille’s Calanque de Morgiou, whose Nautic Bar serves up the catch of the day. Before leaving, relax with another wine tasting at the Cassis harbour followed by a village promenade. Wrap up your day at the Hotel Bérard’s sumptuous spa in Cadière d’Azur.